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TECH108-0406: Small Animal Anesthesia Part I

Dianne Hudson, RVT, VTS (anesthesia)

April 5 - May 12, 2006
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings, April 11, 18, 25 and May 2; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)


Participants will cover the importance of gathering patient information and recognizing its relevance to anesthesia. Participants will learn about anesthetic drugs, their classifications, physiological affects, advantages and disadvantages.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
Recognize issues that could predispose a patient to problems during anesthesia:
Avoiding complications and addressing them if they occur.
Understand the characteristics of the different drug classes:
Indications, contraindications and applications.

This course is open to all veterinary support staff but is geared towards the veterinary technician performing anesthesia.

Week 1: Chapter 1: Preanesthetic Physical Examination and Evaluation:
Content: This session will cover the importance of signalment, history, physical exam, lab work and diagnostic testing. We will discuss consideration of each of these and how they may affect the anesthetic protocol to be used.

Week 2: Chapter 2: Preanesthetic Agents:
Content: This session will cover the reasons for using premedications, the classes of drugs used as premedications, their pharmacology and affect on physiology. We will also cover routes of administration, duration of action and appropriate doses.

Week 3: Chapter 3: Anesthetic Agents: Section 1: Injectable General Anesthetics:
Content: In this session we will discuss the injectables used for induction and maintenance of anesthesia, their advantages, disadvantages, indications, contraindications and uses.

Week 4: Chapter 3: Anesthetic Agents: Section 2: Inhalant General Anesthetics:
Content: This session will cover the physiology and pharmacology of the inhalant anesthesia, MAC values and how other drugs may affect MAC values. We will also discuss the importance of waste gas management.

Textbook: Required Text is: Manual of Small Animal Anesthesia, Second Edition. By Robert R. Paddleford, DVM, DACVA. W.B. Saunders, c1999. This book can be purchased from the VIN bookstore (we have several on hand in the VIN store) by following this link:

Ms. Hudson has also chosen a second text that she feels is comparable that you may wish to order if you cannot get the Paddleford text. That information is below:
Anesthesia and Analgesia, 3rd Edition. By Diane McKelvey, BSc, DVM & K. Wayne Hollingshead, MSc DVM. Elsevier c2003.

Either way, you will need to have at least one of the above texts for this course as your reading/resource material. If there are multiple people taking this course from one practice you do not each have to have a text, as long as you share so each of you can follow the reading assignments.

Other course materials will be in the form of handouts and slideshows/web tours. There will also be a list of sources where the materials were retrieved to help create this course.

CE HOURS: 6 (RACE applied for)

Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.

$105 ($95 early bird special if registered before March 22, 2006)
Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status)
*VT students: You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program directors name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.

Minimum Requirements for Online CE


  1. Each person must individually be a registered member of VSPN ( Membership in VSPN is free.
  2. Each person must be able to receive emails from and addresses. This is our major form of communication with participants. It is highly recommended that course participants use their own, personal emails rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. VIN Member veterinarians SHOULD NOT register for their staff. Please have the staff member register through VSPN. Please email if you have questions.
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Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 6 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's 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 VIN/VSPN for further information." (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board.)

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