Dez Hughes | Centre for Veterinary Education

Dez Hughes

BVSc (Hons), Dip. ACVECC

Dez is Associate Professor and Section Head of Emergency and Critical Care in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne. He grew up in Sunderland, in the North East UK, graduating from the University of Liverpool in 1990 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours). His postgraduate training included a small animal rotating internship followed by a residency in emergency and critical care at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he remained on staff until 2001. He achieved Board Certification by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 1994.

Dez set up and directed the Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) Service at the Royal Veterinary College in London from 2001 to 2007 where he also created their small animal internship programme and the residency in ECC. He was then an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Massey University, New Zealand, teaching Emergency and Critical Care as part of the Massey Masters of Veterinary Medicine Distance Education Programme.

He has served on the boards of The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and was Founding President of the European Emergency and Critical Care Society.

His research interests include many aspects of emergency and critical care but specifically the treatment and monitoring of shock, particularly lactate, fluid therapy, transvascular fluid homeostasis and coagulation.