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David Bardell

  • Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia
  • 0151 794 6041

Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia
European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Head of Large Animal Anaesthesia Service


David is an EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia.

After graduating from the University of Liverpool in 1998, David spent 8 years in predominantly equine practice before returning to Liverpool as a clinical anaesthetist in 2006. He gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2007, the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia Diploma in 2011, was subsequently appointed as Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia and is a member of the ECVAA examination committee.

In 2016, David stepped out of full time clinical and teaching work to undertake a 3 year period of research into the molecular mechanisms involved in tendon disease, culminating in being awarded a PhD for his thesis ‘microRNA:target interactions in tendinopathy’. Returning to clinical duties in 2020, he is currently Head of the Large Animal Anaesthesia service and sits on the University’s Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Board.

David is a member of the ‘Vets with Horsepower’ charity, which delivers CPD lectures to equine vets worldwide, raising money for veterinary and human charities, and is involved in the Liverpool University Hedgehog Friendly Campus Project Group which promotes conservation and biodiversity on campus.


Clinical interests

David has a wide range of clinical interests, including anaesthesia-related cardiopulmonary disturbances, metabolic derangements and prognostic indicators in the colic patient, and pain management.


Teaching responsibilities

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

BVSc undergraduate teaching of 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year students

Equine anaesthesia clinical rotation and elective lead

Postgraduate teaching for Liverpool Veterinary Postgraduate Unit and external CPD providers (BEVA and VetPD)


Research interests

David has conducted several clinical research projects within the Equine Hospital and collaborated on projects with basic science and environmental science groups at Liverpool and other veterinary institutions. He has published on a range of anaesthesia and critical care subjects including respiratory function and management, acid-base balance, proteomics and pain management, and has presented his research, and been invited to speak, at several international conferences.