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Dr Polly Taylor

Polly Taylor
  • Location: Cambridgeshire
  • Year of Fellowship: 2017
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to Knowledge

Areas of special interest

  • Anaesthesia
  • Analgesia
  • Ethics

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • Innovation in professional practice
  • International issues
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • Member of the Scientific Editorial Board of Veterinary Record
  • Member of DrugScience Committee
  • Member of Royal Society of Medicine Pain Council


  • RCVS Livesey Medal for work preventing/alleviating animal pain & fear
  • Animal Health Trust UK
  • Equestrian Awards:
  • Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award
  • Simon award for outstanding contribution to veterinary surgery
  • European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia Morpheus award
  • BEVA Honorary Membership for “significant contributions to BEVA” (CD regulations)
  • WEVA BI Equine Applied Research Award (Equine Pain Management)


Polly Taylor graduated from Cambridge University in 1976 and worked in general practice before moving to the Cambridge University Veterinary School where she obtained the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia.

She became chief of anaesthesia at the Animal Health Trust in 1983 and gained her PhD (Cambridge University) in 1987 for her thesis in equine anaesthesia.

In 1994 she became University Lecturer and subsequently Reader at the Cambridge University Veterinary School where she was responsible for the clinical anaesthetic service, teaching undergraduates and post graduates and for research in anaesthesia.

She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1995 and was founding President of the College.

She has been awarded the UK Equestrian Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, the BSAVA Simon Award, the ECVAA Morpheus award, the WEVA Equine Applied Research Award for equine pain management and is an honorary member of BEVA.

She now works as an independent consultant in anaesthesia, with work ranging from clinical anaesthesia and teaching to drug registration, as well as research, particularly in analgesia.

She has published numerous papers on anaesthesia and analgesia in many species, particularly horses and cats. Since its inception in 2008 she has been a director of Topcat Metrology Ltd, developing and supplying bespoke nociceptive threshold testing systems for a wide range of animal species.

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