Peter qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1981 with a BSc in Physiology in addition to his BVetMed degree. He gained his RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1991 and Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1996 and is a de facto founding member of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. He gained these academic qualifications while working full time as a general practitioner in a two vet rural small animal practice.
He is particularly interested in analgesia, cardiorespiratory physiology and drug kinetics on a completely pragmatic basis and is happy to share his knowledge on all aspects of Anaesthesia and Analgesia.
He recently retired from clinical work to devote more time to kayaking, cycling and hiking plus teaching the occasional CPD course, like Tour de Vet.
Alasdair graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1990. He then joined Bristol vet school, as a houseman and then Resident in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery. During this time he gained his RCVS certificates in Small Animal cardiology and Veterinary Radiology. After three years at the Rowett Research Institute, he returned to Bristol as Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Soft Tissue Surgery and Head of Small Animal Surgery. He gained the Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 1997.
In 2009, Alasdair left the University to join Bath Veterinary Referrals, where he is a Clinical Director.
Alasdair is one of the most experienced soft tissue surgeons in the UK, with extensive publications in academic journals, CPD journals and text book chapters. He has lectured widely on his discipline, in the UK and internationally.
Away from work, he enjoys mountain biking, having started in Aberdeenshire in the early 1990s, and is looking forward to his first cycle touring in over 25 years as part of Tour De Vet.
Alasdair’s topics include:
- Surgery of the Upper Airway in Dogs
- Chronic nasal disease
- Modern sutures and modern suturing
- Wound management and reconstruction
- Diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence
- Neutering: myths and new developments
- Portosystemic shunts in dogs and cats
- Neutering: avoiding complications
- Colorectal surgery
He is also happy to spend time informally discussing relevant surgical topics.
Mike is the Managing Director of Thames Medical and Honorary Member of the Association Veterinary Anaesthetists, inventor of the CAT Doppler BP system, “Rainbow” multi wavelength oximetry and probably the first person to use pulse oximetry in veterinary medicine, 1986.
Mike is also the inventor of the CAT Doppler Blood Pressure system, and particularly enjoys teaching the finer points of blood pressure monitoring on conscious patients but is equally happy, discussing principals of anaesthesia and particularly Capnography and Pulse Oximetry and their application.
Mike has lectured in Patient monitoring and physiological measurement at every UK Vet School as well as Oxford and Manchester Universities.
His interests also include extreme performance, freediving, nutrition and is currently involved in a monitoring research project with the Sea Mammal Research Centre in Fife, including the monitoring of wild freediving animals in the North Sea.