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ANES106-0512: Anesthesia for Rabbits and Ferrets

INSTRUCTOR(S): Nancy Brock, DVM, DACVA (Anesthesiology) (course coordinator)
Heidi Shafford, DVM, Ph.D. DACVA (Anesthesiology)
COURSE OPEN: May 23-June 22, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Tuesdays, May 29, June 5 and 12, 2012; 8:00pm-10:00pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first Real Time Session. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.

*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: Participants in this course should have some prior clinical experience with anesthesia delivery to small companion animals. This course is geared toward veterinarians and credentialed technicians with an interest in anesthesia delivery to and surgical pain relief rabbits and ferrets. All technicians enrolled must:

  1. Have a current license/credential issued by their state;
  2. Have a veterinarian in the same practice also enrolled in the course.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
This course will introduce practitioners to a safe and versatile approach to anesthesia for rabbits and ferrets. Instructors will address the unique anesthesia challenges presented by each of these species. Emphasis will be on drug selection, anesthesia equipment, monitoring and atraumatic endotracheal intubation. An entire real time session will be devoted to atraumatic intubation, as the instructors strongly believe that intubation is essential to safe anesthesia in rabbits and ferrets.

This course consists of three (3) two-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbooks: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors:
Originally from Montreal, Dr. Nancy Brock obtained her DVM degree from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1982. She completed a residency in anesthesia and critical care at the University of California, Davis in 1988. In 1995, she became certified as a veterinary anesthesia specialist and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists.

Based in Vancouver British Columbia, Dr. Brock is a regular contributor and consultant for the VIN (Veterinary Anesthesia Network). She is also a clinical instructor of anesthesia at Douglas College's AHT program in Coquitlam BC.

As part of her clinical anesthesia referral practice, Dr Brock provides veterinarians and their nursing staff with anesthesia assistance and expertise. This assistance comes in the form of telephone consultation, in-clinic delivery of anesthesia to high risk or fragile patients and the training of veterinarians and technicians in advanced anesthesia techniques. She is also the author of a quick reference anesthesia publication entitled Veterinary Anesthesia Update for small animal practitioners.

Originally from Alaska, Dr. Heidi Shafford obtained her DVM from Colorado State University in 2000. As a veterinary student, she discovered her passion for anesthesia and pain management. Following residency and graduate training in veterinary anesthesiology and physiology at the University of Missouri, she attained board certification by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists in 2005.

Dr. Shafford is passionate about improving anesthesia safety and patient comfort. Inspired to take her anesthesia and pain management expertise into private practice, she started an anesthesia consulting practice in 2007. Dr. Shafford owns and operates Veterinary Anesthesia Specialists, LLC, based in Portland, Oregon. She works with private practices to enhance the comfort of all creatures through education, consultation and patient care. Dr. Shafford anesthetizes patients in the Portland area, leads in-clinic workshops for teams, and lectures extensively to veterinary professionals nationwide. When it comes to rabbits and ferrets, Dr. Shafford has extensive experience anesthetizing and successfully intubating these two species - and teaching veterinarians and technicians to do the same.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session May 29):
Content: Equipment selection for anesthesia delivery and monitoring.

Week 2 (Real Time Session June 5):
Content: Anesthesia drug selection for premedication, induction and maintenance of anesthesia.

Week 3 (Real Time Session June 12):
Content: Intubation techniques


Tuition: Member $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by May 8, 2012).
Non-Member $201 ($181 early bird special if enrolled by May 8, 2012).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 6 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

* For more information on VIN's Upcoming CE Courses check the Course Catalog at

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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