Specialist Liz Boosts Talented Wear Anaesthesia Team
Patients come in all shapes and sizes when you’re a veterinary anaesthetist and newly-appointed Wear Referrals specialist Liz Richardson has revealed she got a real kick out of dealing with one unusual case.
Liz, who has joined the industry-leading team at Linnaeus-owned Wear, in Bradbury, County Durham, once had to anaesthetise a donkey ahead of surgery to repair its fractured femur.
Although the anaesthetic proved challenging, the donkey went on to make a full recovery, so it’s become a favourite tale of hers.
Liz explained: “Anaesthetising the donkey is probably my most memorable case to date! I was working in Switzerland at the time and he needed surgery to repair a fractured femur.
“The donkey was placed in a hydropool to recover from the anaesthetic with the aim of reducing risk of injury, so it’s the sort of case you remember!”
Liz’s expertise and experience certainly make her a stellar appointment for Wear, which is one of the north’s leading small animal hospitals and boasts one of the most experienced anaesthesia teams in the country.
She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and in 2021 became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and an EBVS European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.
Liz is looking forward to this latest chapter of her career, adding: “My responsibilities at Wear will be focused on the anaesthesia and pain management of patients before, during and after surgical procedures.
“They’ll also include patient preparation for surgery and post-operative care, resuscitation and stabilisation of patients in an emergency situation, plus involvement in the intensive care of a patient and providing advice to external general practitioners.
“I’m certainly excited to be working amongst a dedicated, caring, quality team with common goals to provide the best standard of care for our patients and service to their owners.
“My first priority will be to work with my immediate team to keep our department up-to date with the latest advancements in the field and especially anaesthesia and analgesia.”
Hospital director Darren Stubbs is delighted to see Liz join fellow EBVS specialists Felipe Marquez Grados, who is head of anaesthesia, and Hannah Leigh, as well as VTS (A&A) and lead nurse Janette Bailey Woods in a highly-experienced, highly-qualified department.
Darren said: “We are all thrilled Liz has joined us. We have a formidable anaesthesia team which will help us extend and expand the exceptional specialist-led care we deliver to our patients, their owners and our referring vets.
“At Wear, we are proud that we have the largest number of recognised specialists working out of a single referral hospital in the north east. This clearly shows our commitment to delivering the very best care at our purpose-built, state-of-the-art hospital.”
Last year, Felipe was appointed head of service for anaesthesia at Wear, overseeing an industry-leading team.
He is delighted to see Liz add her considerable expertise to the team, saying: “We pride ourselves on offering our clients and patients a highly-skilled, industry-leading anaesthesia team to help provide the very best treatment as part of our multidisciplinary approach here at Wear.
“Liz joining our team has only enhanced our incredibly strong service and we are all delighted to welcome such a fantastic and dedicated specialist.”
Wear specialises in providing expert multidisciplinary care, including anaesthesia, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, intensive care, internal medicine, neurology, OOH emergency and critical care, oncology, orthopaedics and soft tissue.
For more information of Wear Referrals, visit https://www.wear-referrals.co.uk or search for them on social media.