Dr Dez Hughes
BVSc (Hons), Dip. ACVECC

Section Head in Emergency and Critical Care


Dez has been doing Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) for the last 28 years. 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 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he remained on staff until 2001.

Dez then set up and directed the 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 programme in ECC. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2011, Dez was an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Massey University, New Zealand, teaching ECC as part of the 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.

During his professional career, Dez has authored more than 70 publications and has presented at many international conferences across Australasia, Europe, the USA, and South America. His research interests include the treatment and monitoring of shock, particularly lactate, fluid therapy, transvascular fluid homeostasis and coagulation. He is a long-standing proponent of stimulating and enthusiastic learning and teaching and the use of computer-aided learning for veterinary undergraduates, postgraduates and practicing veterinarians.

Outside of work Dez is an avid footy fan (round ball) and Sunderland supporter and a keen windsurfer, hiker and birder. He lives in Little River with his wife, Sarah Haldane, (another ECC vet) so now his spare time activities include learning how to look after Sarah’s horses and DIY on a somewhat daunting scale. They currently have 2 dogs, 1 cat, 3 horses and 3 chooks.

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