Anaesthesia & Analgesia

Dr. Hiroki SANO

Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia


Dr. Hiroki Sano is an American, Hong Kong, and New Zealand recognised specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and an advisory member of Japanese Society of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgery. He has more than 10 years of academic background in Japan, USA, and New Zealand, involving in teaching, research and clinical activity. His clinical interests are cardiovascular physiology and locoregional anaesthetic techniques.

Hiroki obtained a Bachelor degree of Veterinary Science from Nippon Veterinary and Animal Science University, Japan in 2006. After one year small animal rotating internship, he did a fellowship in small animal cardiovascular surgery. After the completion of his fellowship in Japan, he moved to the USA and completed Veterinary Anaesthesia residency in Cornell University in 2011. During his residency, he anaesthetised a thousand of various animals such as birds, reptiles, small mammals, and large zoo animals including giraffes, tigers, and bears. He was awarded as the best clinical resident at Cornell University, and his research also won a prize for Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

After the residency, he worked as a lecturer in University of Pennsylvania, and becomes a diplomate of American College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2012. In 2013, he started to work as a senior lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesiology in Massey University, New Zealand. During 7 years in NZ, he anaesthetised numerous endangered NZ native species such as Kiwi, and Tuatara. He also pursued a career of Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Science at Massey University and has submitted his thesis “Perioperative fluid administration to optimise haemodynamics without fluid overload in anaesthetised dogs” to the university. He is taking the final Doctoral Examination in 2021.

He enjoys hiking and spending time with his beloved three cats brought from USA and New Zealand.