Avril Waterman-Pearson is Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesia and a Pro Vice-Chancellor. She first joined the University as a student, gaining her Veterinary degree in 1970, her clinical postgraduate training (leading to the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1973) and a PhD (l977) all at Bristol.
Following periods as a Lecturer in Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow and in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Liverpool, she returned to Bristol in 1981 to a Research Fellowship in Veterinary Anaesthesia combining this with duties as Veterinary Officer to Bristol Zoo. She was appointed Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1984, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1990, Reader in 1993 and Professor in 1997. She served two terms as Head of Department of Clinical Veterinary Science (1998-2004). She led the BVSc Clinical Teaching Committee (2001-2006), was Extra-Mural teaching Co-ordinator (2004-2006) and Director of the BVSc Programme, 2005-2006.
Her clinical and teaching responsibilities encompass veterinary anaesthesia, analgesia, and critical care, and her research focus is on increasing the understanding of the mechanisms involved in the prevention of pain in animals. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Foundation Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia, Past President and Hon Secretary of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists, and former Editor of the Journal of Veterinary Anaesthesia.
She is a recipient of the BVA William Hunting Silver Medal, the Livesey Medal of the RCVS (1989), the BSAVA Simon Award (1993) and the Merial International Grand Prize for research into the alleviation of animal pain (1999).
Avril is a widow whose main passion now is Welsh rugby and fast cars and she relaxes by going on Rugby Tours.
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