Sheilah A Robertson

Sheilah A Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), CVA, MRCVS

Professor

Department: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Business Phone: (352) 271-8563
Business Email: robertsons@ufl.edu

About Sheilah A Robertson

Dr. Sheila Robertson has been a faculty member at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada, the University of Florida, and Michigan State University. She spent two years as an Assistant Director in the Animal Welfare Division at the American Veterinary Medical Association. Her research interests include assessment of pain in cats, dogs and horses, the use of opioids in cats and the development of anesthetic protocols for pediatric patients and large-scale spay-neuter clinics. She was a member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarian’s Task Force to Advance Spay-Neuter, the American Association or Feline Practitioners (AAFP) welfare committee, the Feline Nursing guidelines committee, and the Feline Anesthesia Guidelines Taskforce. In 2017 she became the Senior Medical Director for Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a network of over 100 veterinarians who specialize in end of life care and in-home euthanasia.

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Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2019
VEM5003 End of Life Issues
2009-2012
VEM5041 Animal Welfare/Ethics
2010-2011
VEM5761 Core Clk Anesthesiol
2011
VEM5288 Sm An Clin Pharmacol
2010-2011
VEM5473 Large Anim Anesthesio
2011
VEM5861 Senior Clk Anesthesio
2011
VEM5472 Small Anim Anesthesio
2011
VEM5470 Vet Anesthesiology

Publications

2022
2022 ISFM Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Acute Pain in Cats.
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 24(1):4-30 [DOI] 10.1177/1098612X211066268. [PMID] 34937455.
2019
Moving forward with detecting osteoarthritis in cats.
The Veterinary record. 185(24):754-756 [DOI] 10.1136/vr.l6981. [PMID] 31857401.
2018
Aafp Feline Anesthesia Guidelines
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 20(7):602-634 [DOI] 10.1177/1098612X18781391. [PMID] 29989502.
2018
Anesthesia Case of the Month.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 252(12):1473-1476 [DOI] 10.2460/javma.252.12.1473. [PMID] 29889642.
2018
How do we know they hurt? Assessing acute pain in cats.
The Veterinary record. 183(24):748-749 [DOI] 10.1136/vr.k5384. [PMID] 30573579.
2018
To sleep, perchance to dream . . . of better anesthesia for our feline patients.
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 20(7) [DOI] 10.1177/1098612X18781387. [PMID] 29989501.
2017
A model curriculum for the study of animal welfare in colleges and schools of veterinary medicine.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 250(6):632-640 [DOI] 10.2460/javma.250.6.632. [PMID] 28263118.
2017
Neuromuscular blockade and inspiratory breath hold during stereotactic body radiation therapy for treatment of heart base tumors in four dogs.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 250(2):199-204 [DOI] 10.2460/javma.250.2.199. [PMID] 28058956.
2016
Effects of anesthetic induction with a benzodiazepine plus ketamine hydrochloride or propofol on hypothermia in dogs undergoing ovariohysterectomy.
American journal of veterinary research. 77(4):351-7 [DOI] 10.2460/ajvr.77.4.351. [PMID] 27027833.
2016
The Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ 2016 Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 249(2):165-88 [DOI] 10.2460/javma.249.2.165. [PMID] 27379593.
2015
2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.
Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. 51(2):67-84 [DOI] 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-7331. [PMID] 25764070.
2014
Effects of maropitant, acepromazine, and electroacupuncture on vomiting associated with administration of morphine in dogs.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 244(7):820-9 [DOI] 10.2460/javma.244.7.820. [PMID] 24649993.
2014
Guidelines for recognition, assessment and treatment of pain: WSAVA Global Pain Council members and co-authors of this document:.
The Journal of small animal practice. 55(6):E10-68 [DOI] 10.1111/jsap.12200. [PMID] 24841489.
2014
Learning confounds algometric assessment of mechanical thresholds in normal dogs.
Veterinary surgery : VS. 43(3):361-7 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12112.x. [PMID] 24410982.
2014
Pain control in horses: what do we really know?
Equine veterinary journal. 46(4):517-23 [DOI] 10.1111/evj.12265. [PMID] 24645799.
2014
Systemic and anti-nociceptive effects of prolonged lidocaine, ketamine, and butorphanol infusions alone and in combination in healthy horses.
BMC veterinary research. 10 Suppl 1 [DOI] 10.1186/1746-6148-10-S1-S6. [PMID] 25238633.
2013
Effect of butorphanol on thermal nociceptive threshold in healthy pony foals.
Equine veterinary journal. 45(4):503-6 [DOI] 10.1111/j.2042-3306.2012.00673.x. [PMID] 23126609.
2013
Multicenter clinical evaluation of a multi-dose formulation of propofol in the dog.
BMC veterinary research. 9 [DOI] 10.1186/1746-6148-9-261. [PMID] 24359719.
2012
AAFP and ISFM feline-friendly nursing care guidelines.
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 14(5):337-49 [DOI] 10.1177/1098612X12445002. [PMID] 22511476.
2012
Analgesia in foals.
Compendium (Yardley, PA). 34(6) [PMID] 22692676.
2012
Assessments of thermal antinociceptive effects of butorphanol and human observer effect on quantitative evaluation of analgesia in green iguanas (Iguana iguana).
American journal of veterinary research. 73(10):1507-11 [PMID] 23013175.
2012
Systemic and Anti-Nociceptive Effects of Prolonged Continuous Rate Infusions of Analgesic Combinations in Healthy Horses
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 26
2012
The effects of low-level laser therapy in a rat model of intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury.
Lasers in surgery and medicine. 44(7):580-7 [DOI] 10.1002/lsm.22060. [PMID] 22886545.
2011
Effect of cold compression therapy on postoperative pain, swelling, range of motion, and lameness after tibial plateau leveling osteotomy in dogs.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 238(10):1284-91 [DOI] 10.2460/javma.238.10.1284. [PMID] 21568773.
2011
Evaluation of medetomidine, ketamine and buprenorphine for neutering feral cats.
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 13(12):896-902 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jfms.2011.06.010. [PMID] 21885310.
2011
Systemic effects of a prolonged continuous infusion of ketamine in healthy horses.
Journal of veterinary internal medicine. 25(5):1134-7 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1939-1676.2011.0761.x. [PMID] 21781164.
2010
DJD-associated pain in cats: what can we do to promote patient comfort?
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 12(3):200-12 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jfms.2010.01.003. [PMID] 20193911.
2010
Evaluation of an indirect oscillometric blood pressure monitor in normotensive and hypotensive anesthetized dogs.
Journal of veterinary emergency and critical care (San Antonio, Tex. : 2001). 20(3):313-8 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2010.00536.x. [PMID] 20636984.
2010
ISFM and AAFP consensus guidelines: long-term use of NSAIDs in cats.
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 12(7):521-38 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jfms.2010.05.004. [PMID] 20610311.
2010
Long-term pain in cats: how much do we know about this important welfare issue?
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 12(3):188-99 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jfms.2010.01.002. [PMID] 20193910.
2010
Long-term use of NSAIDs in cats.
Compendium (Yardley, PA). 32(9) [PMID] 23705186.
2010
Treatment of visceral pain in horses.
The Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice. 26(3):603-17 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cveq.2010.08.002. [PMID] 21056302.
2009
Antinociceptive and side-effects of hydromorphone after subcutaneous administration in cats.
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 11(2):76-81 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jfms.2008.05.003. [PMID] 18675572.
2009
Comparison of time to desaturation between preoxygenated and nonpreoxygenated dogs following sedation with acepromazine maleate and morphine and induction of anesthesia with propofol.
American journal of veterinary research. 70(11):1333-8 [DOI] 10.2460/ajvr.70.11.1333. [PMID] 19878015.
2009
Determination of cardiac output in anesthetized neonatal foals by use of two pulse wave analysis methods.
American journal of veterinary research. 70(3):334-9 [DOI] 10.2460/ajvr.70.3.334. [PMID] 19254144.
2009
Determination of cardiac output in neonatal foals by ultrasound velocity dilution and its comparison to the lithium dilution method.
Journal of veterinary emergency and critical care (San Antonio, Tex. : 2001). 19(5):438-43 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2009.00461.x. [PMID] 19821884.
2009
Education of global veterinarians.
Preventive veterinary medicine. 92(4):275-83 [DOI] 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2009.09.003. [PMID] 19811845.
2009
Effect of detomidine on visceral and somatic nociception and duodenal motility in conscious adult horses.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 36(2):162-72 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1467-2995.2008.00441.x. [PMID] 19239655.
2008
A review of feral cat control.
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 10(4):366-75 [PMID] 17913531.
2008
Behaviors Suggestive of Postoperative Pain in Cats
Veterinary Medicine. 103
2008
Comparison between analgesic effects of buprenorphine, carprofen, and buprenorphine with carprofen for canine ovariohysterectomy.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 35(1):69-79 [PMID] 17850228.
2008
Effect of acepromazine, butorphanol, or N-butylscopolammonium bromide on visceral and somatic nociception and duodenal motility in conscious horses.
American journal of veterinary research. 69(5):579-85 [DOI] 10.2460/ajvr.69.5.579. [PMID] 18447787.
2008
Managing pain in feline patients.
The Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice. 38(6):1267-90, vi [DOI] 10.1016/j.cvsm.2008.06.008. [PMID] 18954684.
2008
Osteoarthritis in Cats: What We Now Know About Recognition and Treatment
Veterinary Medicine. 103:611-616
2007
AAHA/AAFP pain management guidelines for dogs & cats.
Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. 43(5):235-48 [PMID] 17823472.
2007
AAHA/AAFP pain management guidelines for dogs and cats.
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 9(6):466-80 [PMID] 17997339.
2007
Antinociceptive effects of butorphanol, buprenorphine, or both, administered intramuscularly in cats.
American journal of veterinary research. 68(7):699-703 [PMID] 17605603.
2007
Comparison of the effects of caffeine and doxapram on respiratory and cardiovascular function in foals with induced respiratory acidosis.
American journal of veterinary research. 68(12):1407-16 [PMID] 18052748.
2007
Dose-related thermal antinociceptive effects of intravenous hydromorphone in cats.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 34(2):132-8 [PMID] 17316394.
2007
Effect of fentanyl on visceral and somatic nociception in conscious horses.
Journal of veterinary internal medicine. 21(5):1067-75 [PMID] 17939566.
2007
Evaluation of the use of thermal thresholds to investigate NSAID analgesia in a model of inflammatory pain in cats.
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 9(4):313-8 [PMID] 17658436.
2007
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in cats: a review.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 34(4):228-50 [PMID] 17451496.
2006
Effects of intravenous administration of lidocaine on the thermal threshold in cats.
American journal of veterinary research. 67(1):16-20 [PMID] 16426206.
2006
Postanesthetic hyperthermia in cats: a retrospective comparison between hydromorphone and buprenorphine.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 33(6):381-9 [PMID] 17083610.
2006
The importance of assessing pain in horses and donkeys.
Equine veterinary journal. 38(1):5-6 [PMID] 16411578.
2006
Use of a nerve locator to facilitate administration of mandibular nerve blocks in crocodilians.
Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. 37(3):405-8 [PMID] 17319144.
2005
Effect of systemic lidocaine on visceral and somatic nociception in conscious horses.
Equine veterinary journal. 37(2):122-7 [PMID] 15779623.
2005
Managing pain in feline patients.
The Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice. 35(1):129-46 [PMID] 15627631.
2005
PK-PD modeling of buprenorphine in cats: intravenous and oral transmucosal administration.
Journal of veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics. 28(5):453-60 [PMID] 16207308.
2005
Relationship between plasma concentrations and analgesia after intravenous fentanyl and disposition after other routes of administration in cats.
Journal of veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics. 28(1):87-93 [PMID] 15720520.
2004
Antinociceptive effects of hydromorphone, butorphanol, or the combination in cats.
Journal of veterinary internal medicine. 18(2):190-5 [PMID] 15058769.
2004
Pain management in cats–past, present and future. Part 2. Treatment of pain–clinical pharmacology.
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 6(5):321-33 [PMID] 15363764.
2004
Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic evaluation of intravenous hydromorphone in cats.
Journal of veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics. 27(5):329-36 [PMID] 15500571.
2004
Standing sedation and pain management for ophthalmic patients.
The Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice. 20(2):485-97 [PMID] 15271436.
2004
The need for a cross-species approach to the study of pain in animals.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 224(5):692-7 [PMID] 15002806.
2004
Treatment for a severe reaction to intravenous administration of diatrizoate in an anesthetized horse.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 224(7):1143-6, 1112 [PMID] 15074862.
2004
Use of thermal threshold response to evaluate the antinociceptive effects of butorphanol in cats.
American journal of veterinary research. 65(8):1085-9 [PMID] 15334842.
2003
Comparison of the pharmacokinetics and thermal antinociceptive pharmacodynamics of 20 μg kg-1 buprenorphine administered sublingually or intravenously in cats.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 30(2) [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2003.00133_19.x. [PMID] 28404395.
2003
Comparison of two injectable anesthetic regimes in feral cats at a large-volume spay clinic.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 30(2):101-102 [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2003.00133_6.x. [PMID] 28404381.
2003
Effect of 0.1, 0.2, 0.4, and 0.8 mg kg-1 of intravenous butorphanol on thermal antinociception in cats.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 30(2) [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2003.00133_17.x. [PMID] 28404393.
2003
Effect of low-dose ketamine on thermal thresholds in cats.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 30(2) [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2003.00133_20.x. [PMID] 28404396.
2003
Evaluation of the side-effects and thermal antinociceptive effects of intravenous hydromorphone in cats.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 30(2) [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2003.00133_3.x. [PMID] 28404380.
2003
Presence of opioid growth factor and its receptor in the normal dog, cat and horse cornea.
Veterinary ophthalmology. 6(2):131-4 [PMID] 12753614.
2003
Systemic uptake of buprenorphine by cats after oral mucosal administration.
The Veterinary record. 152(22):675-8 [PMID] 12803393.
2003
Thermal antinociceptive pharmacodynamics of 0.1 mg kg-1 hydromorphone administered intramuscularly in cats and effect of concurrent butorphanol administration.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 30(2):107-108 [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2003.00133_18.x. [PMID] 28404394.
2003
Urethane anesthesia in adult female rats: preliminary observations.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 30(2) [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2003.13335.x. [PMID] 28404410.
2002
A prospective clinical trial on the effects of inhaled albuterol on the Pao2 of hypoxaemic anaesthetized horses.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 29(2):94-95 [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2002.00708.x. [PMID] 28404310.
2002
Aerosolized salbutamol (albuterol) improves PaO2 in hypoxaemic anaesthetized horses – a prospective clinical trial in 81 horses.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 29(4):212-218 [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2002.00100.x. [PMID] 28404365.
2002
Correlation of the antinociceptive action and plasma concentration of fentanyl following intravenous administration in cats.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 29(2) [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2002.00707.x. [PMID] 28404311.
2002
Onset and duration of the antinociceptive activity of intravenous fentanyl in cats.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 29(2) [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2002.00781.x. [PMID] 28404313.
2002
Pain management in laboratory animals–are we meeting the challenge?
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 221(2):205-8 [PMID] 12118580.
2002
Systemic uptake of buprenorphine after buccal administration in cats.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 29(2):97-98 [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2002.00782.x. [PMID] 28404314.
2002
The effect of lidocaine and ketamine on thermal thresholds in cats.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 29(2):95-96 [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2002.00709.x. [PMID] 28404312.
2002
The use of tiletamine-zolazepam-ketamine-xylazine anesthesia for feral cat sterilization.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 29(2) [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2995.2002.00078_3.x. [PMID] 28404315.
2002
Use of the anesthetic combination of tiletamine, zolazepam, ketamine, and xylazine for neutering feral cats.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 220(10):1491-5 [PMID] 12018375.
2002
Using the human patient simulator to educate students of veterinary medicine.
Journal of veterinary medical education. 29(2):111-6 [PMID] 12143030.
2002
What is pain?
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 221(2):202-5 [PMID] 12118579.
2001
Analgesia and analgesic techniques.
The veterinary clinics of North America. Exotic animal practice. 4(1):1-18, v [PMID] 11217456.
2001
Disposition of buprenorphine, morphine and meperidine in the cat.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 28(2) [DOI] 10.1111/j.1467-2987.2001.40-10.x. [PMID] 28404325.
2001
Effect of an inhaled β-2 adrenergic receptor agonist on arterial partial pressure of oxygen in hypoxemic anesthetized horses.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 28(2) [DOI] 10.1111/j.1467-2987.2001.40-21.x. [PMID] 28404337.
2001
The effect of buprenorphine, morphine and saline on thermal thresholds in cats.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 28(2) [DOI] 10.1111/j.1467-2987.2001.40-11.x. [PMID] 28404326.
2001
Use of the human patient simulator to teach veterinary medicine students.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 28(2):109-110 [DOI] 10.1046/j.1467-2987.2001.temp.doc.x-i22. [PMID] 28404344.
1996
Metabolic, hormonal, and hemodynamic changes during dopamine infusions in halothane anesthetized horses.
Veterinary surgery : VS. 25(1):88-97 [PMID] 8719091.
1992
Postanesthetic recumbency associated with hyperkalemic periodic paralysis in a quarter horse.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 201(8):1209-12 [PMID] 1429160.
1991
Surgical treatment of perforating duodenal ulcer in a dog by use of modified choledochoduodenostomy and gastrojejunostomy.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 198(2):281-5 [PMID] 2004991.
1990
Cardiopulmonary effects of xylazine sedation in the foal.
Equine veterinary journal. 22(6):384-8 [PMID] 2269259.
1990
Effects of intravenous xylazine hydrochloride on blood glucose, plasma insulin and rectal temperature in neonatal foals.
Equine veterinary journal. 22(1):43-7 [PMID] 2404755.
1990
Metabolic and hormonal changes associated with arthroscopic surgery in the horse.
Equine veterinary journal. 22(5):313-6 [PMID] 2121473.
1989
Suspected malignant hyperthermia after halothane anesthesia in a cat.
Veterinary surgery : VS. 18(6):483-8 [PMID] 2603380.

Education

Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine
2014 · University of Florida
Doctor of Philosophy
1985 · Faculty of Medicine, University of Bristol
BVMS (with honours)
1980 · University of Glasgow

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