Mahler, Stephan Dr.


St. Matthew's University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Cayman Islands


A dedicated and experienced small animal surgeon and anaesthesiologist, with wide experience in fundamental and clinical research. Skilled in all aspect of communication, establishing stable relationships at all levels. Open minded with interest in research communications and in knowledge sharing.

Key Skills  

Small animal surgery, anaesthesia and pain management
·    Small animal practitioner and consultant in surgery, anaesthesia and pain management
·    Expert in locoregional anaesthesia
·    Planning structure and content of veterinary courses
·    Teaching and assessing veterinary practitioners, students and laboratory technicians
·    Personal Tutor to various groups of students
·    Designing and implementing veterinary experimental and clinical researches
·    Holding research positions in private and public medical research laboratories
·    Numerous collaborations with private practices and laboratories in France
·    French (mother tongue) and English (fluent)
·    Conversational German


·    Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (IVAPM)    2017
·    Certificate in Laboratory Animal Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Toulouse (France)    2015
·    Doctor of Philosophy, University of Rennes, France    2002
·    Graduate in Pain management, University of Rennes, France    2002    
·    Graduate in Laparoscopic surgery, University of Rennes, France    1997
·    Graduate in Microscopic surgery, University of Rennes, France    1997
·    Master of Science in Surgical Sciences, University of Paris, France    1995
·    Master of the Arts in Anatomy and Radiology, University of Nantes, France    1994
·    DVM thesis, University of Nantes, France    1991
·    Graduate from the Veterinary School of Nantes, France    1990

Career History

·    Assistant Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, St Matthew’s University    since 2018
I am teaching Principals of Surgery (Semester 5) and Small Animal Surgery (Semester 7)(Lectures and Labs)
·    Founder and instructor, Bestin’Vet    since 2016
I created Bestin’Vet in France to offer top quality CE training to veterinarians, veterinary technicians and researchers in the field of anaesthesia and pain management. Bestin’Vet’s Teaching Committee is formed by both national and board-certified specialists (ECVAA and ECVECC).
·    Research engineer, French Institute for Medical Research (INSERM), University of Rennes    2015-2016
I joined the Signal and Image Processing Laboratory (LTSI) to develop a model of chronic vagal nerve stimulation to prevent surgically induced heart failure in rats. I was in charge of the surgical procedures and the ultrasound follow-up.
·    Animal Health Officer and Laboratory Head, Biotrial Pharmacology France    20014-2016
Biotrial Pharmacology is a contract research organisation with a capacity of 45 dogs and pigs, 40 non-human primates and 800 rodents and lagomorphs. I was in charge of the animal welfare, I supervised and reassessed the surgical procedures (training, standard operating procedures, validation of skills acquisition, criteria of skills, pre- and postoperative actions) and I was conducting studies and developing original experimental models as a study director.
·    Consultant and Partner in small animal surgeon in Brittany, France    2005-2014
I worked with approximately 50 small animal veterinarians as a mobile veterinary surgeon and was responsible for providing specialty care for complex orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery cases. I contributed to build up two small animal practices, a diagnostic imaging clinic (the first dedicated veterinary 16 slice spiral CT scanner in France) and a night/weekend emergency service.
·    Senior lecturer, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of the West Indies    2003-2005
I was teaching Principals of Surgery (year 3, lectures and labs), Soft Tissue Surgery (year 4, lectures and labs), Surgical Anatomy (year 3), supervising clinical rotations and surgical procedures (year 5).
·    PhD researcher, French Institute for Medical Research (INSERM), University of Rennes    1999-2002
I developed hepatocyte hypothermic storage procedures. The goal of this study was to transfer this knowledge from basic research to therapeutic applications for the care of patients suffering of liver diseases (extracorporeal liver device).
·    Master of Science researcher, University of Nantes    2004-2005
I imagined and developed an original experimental model to evaluate the tolerability of an artificial sphincter device. The aim of this study was to offer a surgical option to patient suffering of faecal incontinence.
·    Teaching Assistant in Anatomy, School of Veterinary Medicine, Nantes, France    1993-1995
I was teaching Anatomy (lectures and labs) to year 1 veterinary students.

Professional Affiliations

·    Member of the International Veterinary Academy for Pain Management
·    Member of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists
·    Member of 4AVet, the French Veterinary Association for Analgesia and Anaesthesia

Consultant in the field of Anaesthesia and Analgesia

·    Narkovet Consulting since 2016
·    Vétoquinol Laboratory since 2009
·    Virbac Laboratory 2008 and 2011
·    Pfizer Laboratory 2009
·    Merial Laboratory 2008
·    French Union for Veterinary Drug Industry, 2007

Leisure Interests

·    Scuba diving, free diving and spearfishing, French boxing (teacher)
·    An avid traveller: Europe, United States, Australia, North and South Africa, Caribbean countries


Upcoming Courses

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