New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA


Professor of Anesthesia (CE), University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Studies

Director Anesthesia Residency Program, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Studies

Chief, Section of Critical Care & Aneshthesia, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Studies

Board Certification in Pharmacology and Toxicology, German Veterinary Medical Association

Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (ECVPT)

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Anesthesiology (ACVA)

Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Intensive Care & Pain Therapy, German Veterinary Medical Association, State of Baden-Württemberg

Clinical Specialties: Anesthesia
Research Areas: Equine anesthesia/analgesia, Hemorrhagic shock, Pharmacology

Contact Information:
University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
Dept of Clinical Studies
New Bolton Center
382 West Street Road

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

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

Scanu A, Valentino M, Columbano N, Careddu GM, Sotgiu G, Secci F, Pintore E, Passino ES, Driessen B Comparison of induction, recovery and hemodynamic profile of isoflurane and sevoflurane in healthy sheep at minimum alveolar concentration (MAC). Società Scientifica Veterinaria (SISVET) Congress, : , 2016.

Driessen B, Zarucco L Analgesia. In: Equine Laminitis. : , 2016.

Wohlfender FD, Doherr MG, Driessen B, Hartnack S, Johnston GM, Bettschart-Wolfensberger R International online survey to assess current practice in equine anesthesia. Winner of the BEVA Trust Peter Rossdale EVJ Open Award Equine Vet J 47: 65-71, 2015.

Driessen B Pain Management. In: Manual of Equine Emergencies. 4th edn. : , 2014.

Stotz-Rudolff A, Moens YPS, Driessen B, Ambrisko TD Comparison of an infrared anaesthetic agent analyser (Datex-Ohmeda) with refractometry for measurement of isoflurane, sevoflurane and desflurane concentrations Vet Anaesth Analg 41: 386-392, 2014.

Driessen B, Zarucco L Treatment of acute and chronic pain in horses. In: Pain Management in Veterinary Practice. : 323ff, 2013.

Hartnack S, Bettschart-Wolfensberger R, Doherr MG, Driessen B, Pang D, Wohlfender F Critical incidence reporting systems – an option in equine anesthesia? Results from a panel meeting. Vet Anaesth Analg. 40(6):e3-8.: , 2013.

To PL, Gunther RA, Jahr JS, Holtby RJ, Driessen B, Acharya SA, Chen PC, Cheung ATW Comparison of the macro-circulatory effects of the new generation plasma expander EAF-HexaPEGylated Albumin (EAF-PEG-BSA) in a rabbit hemorrhagic shock model: a comparison with conventional crystalloid and colloid solutions. J Anesth Clinic Res 4: 343, 2013.

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 : 1605-1612, 2012.

DVM Free University of Berlin, Germany , 1988

Dr Med Vet (Pharmacology & Toxicology) Free University of Berlin, Germany , 1991