Professor of Anesthesia (CE)
Section Chief, Emergency Critical Care/AnesthesiaContact Information
University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
Dept of Clinical Studies
New Bolton Center
382 West Street Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Abitur (High School Majors: Biology & Social Sciences) Gymnasium Wuppertal, Germany, 1981
DVM Free University of Berlin, Germany , 1988
Dr Med Vet (Pharmacology & Toxicology) Free University of Berlin, Germany , 1991
Description of Research Expertise
Pharmacology of hemoglobin-based blood substitutes
Pathophysiology of and treatment modalities for hemorrhagic shock
Microcirculation and tissue oxygenation
Pharmacology of analgesics and modern techniques of regional analgesia
Description of Clinical Expertise
Equine Anesthesia and Analgesia in general
Balanced Anesthesia in the Equine
Inhalant anesthesia in the equine and its impact on pulmonary gas exchange and hemodynamic function
Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia in the Equine
Large Animal Anesthesia
Caniglia AM, Driessen B*, Puerto DA, Bretz B, Boston RC, Larenza MP : Perioperative analgesia following epidural anesthesia versus femoral and sciatic nerve blocks: a comparison in anesthetized dogs undergoing hindlimb orthopedic surgery J Am Vet Med Assoc in print 2012.
Columbano N, Secci F, Careddu GM, Sotgiu G, Rossi G, Driessen B: Effects of lidocaine constant rate infusion on sevoflurane requirement, hemodynamic function, and post-operative analgesia in dogs undergoing ovariectomy under opioid-based balanced anesthesia. Vet J in print 2012.
Wojtasiak-Wypart M, Soma LR, Rudy JA, Uboh CE, Boston RC, Driessen B: Pharmacokinetic profile and pharmacodynamic effects of romifidine hydrochloride in the horse J Vet Pharmacol Therap 2012.
Slack JA, Boston R, Driessen B, Reef V : Effect of routine general anesthesia on plasma cardiac troponin I concentrations in healthy horses Vet Cardiol 13: 163-169, 2011.
Driessen B*, Zarucco L, Kalir B, Bertolotti L: Contemporary use of acepromazine in the anesthetic management of male horses and ponies: a retrospective study and opinion poll Equine Vet J 43(1): 88-98, July 2011.
Zarucco L, Driessen B*, Scandella M, Cozzi F, Cantile C : Positive end-expiratory pressure reduces anesthesia-induced atelectasis and improves gas exchange in propofol-anesthetized and mechanically ventilated sheep. Can J Vet Res 74: 305-313, 2010.
Terry R, McDonnell SM, van Eps AW, Soma LR, Liu Y, Uboh CE, Moate PJ, Driessen B: Pharmacokinetic profile and behavioral effects of gabapentin in the horse. J vet Pharmacol Therap 33(5): 485-494, Oct 2010.
Bauquier SH, Dusavage S, Driessen B: Anaesthesia and ventilation strategy in a horse undergoing pulmonectomy. Equine Vet Educ 22: 231-236, 2010.
Zarucco L, Driessen B*, Scandella M, Cozzi F, Cantile C: Sensory nerve conduction and nociception in the equine lower forelimb during perineural bupivacaine infusion along the palmar nerves Can J Vet Res 74: 305-313, 2010.
Staffieri F, Bauquier SH, Moate PJ, Driessen B*: Effects of inspired oxygen concentration on pulmonary gas exchange in anesthetized horses mechanically ventilated with helium/oxygen gas mixture Equine Vet Journal 41: 747-752, 2009.