DR. SHEILAH ROBERTSON

VETERINARIAN | EDUCATOR | PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER

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DR. SHEILAH ROBERTSON

Dr. Robertson grew up in Scotland and graduated from Glasgow University. Her career in veterinary medicine spans more than three decades and encompasses numerous roles including a general practitioner, surgery intern, anesthesia trainee, PhD student, clinician and teacher in university veterinary schools in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Dr. Robertson has experience with high volume, high quality spay and neuter clinics and with community cat management. In 1999, she started a program to train first responders and K9 handlers to provide emergency care to working dogs. Nearly 20 years later, she is still active in this area.



Dr. Robertson has held many prestigious positions. She served as a staff member of the animal welfare division at the AVMA. She was part of the AAFP and International Society of Feline Medicine Feline Friendly Nursing Guidelines committee. She has been a two-time member of the American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Pain Management Taskforce. Dr. Robertson also has served as the president of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Dr. Robertson has published numerous peer reviewed papers related to anesthesia and analgesia in dogs, cats, horses and even iguanas. Additionally, she has edited two books on anesthesia and analgesia and written numerous book chapters. She has a special interest in sedation, anesthesia and analgesia of older pets and in helping them enjoy life to the fullest. 



Dr. Robertson joined Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice as the Senior Medical Director in 2017. In this role, she supports over 100 veterinarians by providing the latest information on pain management, geriatric and end of life care and presenting continuing education at national conferences and local veterinary medical association meetings.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Topics

Old Dog New Tricks- Anesthesia for Older Pets

Many veterinarians are apprehensive about anesthetizing geriatric patients thinking they are too “old” to handle anesthesia resulting in vital procedures such as dental work not being done. Once age-related changes that impact on anesthesia are
understood, anesthesia protocols can be tailored to suit each patient.

How Do We Know They Hurt?

We measure a lot of things in veterinary medicine using numbers as endpoints but this is not routine when it comes to pain. There are validated pain tools for assessing acute and chronic pain in dogs and cats which will guide your treatment plan and ensure a successful and comfortable outcome for your patients.

An Integrative Approach to Providing Patient Comfort

Integrating drug and non-drug treatments into a pain management plan can turn a good plan into a great one. A multimodal approach often decreases adverse effects and many simple modalities such as massage and icing take little time, money or expertise.

The Future of Pain Management

The future of pain management is exciting for pets. There are many innovative approaches that will make an enormous impact on older dogs and cats with mobility impairment. These include drugs that are targeted at the source of the problem and the use of monoclonal antibodies.

Those Problem Cats!

As many as 70 % of older cats have osteoarthritis and chronic kidney disease – does this mean we cannot treat their pain? NO! There are lots of things we can do to help these cats lead an excellent quality of life.

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Publications and Interviews

DVM 360

3 Updates in Feline Anesthesia and Analgesia

This is what DVM 360 says about Dr. Sheilah: "If you want to know the latest on feline anesthesia and analgesia, Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Dr. Sheilah Robertson is a go-to source."

AAHA/AAFP

2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats (Dr. Robertson - Member of the Guidelines Task Force)

Pain management is central to veterinary practice, alleviating pain, and enhancing both quality of life and the veterinarian-client patient relationship.

AAFP/ISFM

2012 AAFP/ISFM Feline-Friendly Nursing Care Guidelines (Dr. Robertson - Member of the Guidelines Task Force)

Feline-Friendly Nursing Guidelines to help the veterinary team understand basic nursing care concepts, and encouraging veterinary practices to ensure the cat feels safe and secure.

Blunt Dissection

Ep 16: Dr Sheilah Robertson

An interview with Dr. Sheilah Robertson - including anesthesia safety tips, risks, improving geriatric patient care, great anesthetic protocols and the ethical dilemmas in veterinary medicine.

DVM 360

Demystifying Feline Pain Management

Dr. Sheilah Robertson, expert in feline pain management, has some simple advice for diagnosing pain: Look for it, recognize it and measure it.

Clinician's Brief

Chronic Pain in Cats with Degenerative Joint Disease

There's no cure for DJD; thus, therapy is aimed at improving comfort. Evidence for developing an effective treatment plan is emerging. Other diseases may complicate clinical assessment in senior cats.

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"This speaker is terrific. She has super-organized material with good balance between physiology/pharmacology and practical implications. Graphics & illustrations are excellent. I came away with many "pearls."--new understanding & many, many ideas for immediate implementation to my practice of anesthesia."

"She was one of my favorite speakers of all time. It was so powerful when she started off having every one raise their hand if they’ve lost a patient under anesthesia and she raised her hand too. "It was creative, relevant and helpful and her vast experience working with students really showed here. She clearly cares about her patients, fellow team members and is passionate about anesthesia. Glad I could be in the audience."

"Excellent content of lecture ! Excellent delivery! Excellent speaker! Best session of whole week !!!! Speaker of the year !!!!!!"

People who have heard Sheilah speak, seek her out whenever she is at a conference, and subsequently the lecture room is almost always “standing room only.” When will the conference
organizers ever learn? We need a bigger room!

Michael Petty, DVM

Animal Pain Center, Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital, Michigan

As the Program Coordinator for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (New Orleans, 2015), one of my primary objectives was to secure a presentation with an international authority on feline pain pathophysiology and current methods of feline pain management. This authority is Dr. Sheilah Robertson.

William Ray Folger, DVM , MS, ABVP (Feline)

Looking forward for more lectures from Dr. Robertson.

Extremely useful and relevant topic, an excellent speaker.