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TECH111-0606: Small Animal Anesthesia Part II

Dianne Hudson, RVT, VTS (anesthesia)

June 26 - August 6, 2006
Real Time Sessions: Thursday evenings, June 29, July 6, 13, 20, and 27; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)


Participants will cover the importance of monitoring and the different methods thereof, observing normal physiological parameters, and addressing complications and emergencies. We will explore the many different pain management drugs, techniques and the importance of pain management to patient recovery in addition to post-operative care and complications.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Determine depth of anesthesia
    1. Address a patient that is too light or too deep
    2. Recognize factors that would contribute to a prolonged recovery.
  2. Understand the physiological consequences of anesthesia
    1. Recognize bradycardia
    2. Recognize hypotension
    3. Recognize low O2 saturation
    4. Recognize hypercapnia, etc
    5. And know how to address these problems.
  3. Have a deeper knowledge of pain management and it's relevance to patient recovery
  4. Have a deeper understanding of other important issues of post-operative care and be able to address complications.
This course is geared toward experienced veterinary technicians assisting with and inducing anesthesia in hospital patients. It is open to all VSPN and VIN members (veterinarians will not receive CE credit)

Week 1: Perioperative Monitoring
Paddleford Chapter 7:
Content: We will cover how to monitor anesthetic depth, physiological parameters and how to recognize and address problems.

Week 2: Anesthetic Emergencies and Complications
Paddleford Chapter 8: Pages 147-173.
Content: We will discuss anaphylaxis, the Central Nervous System (CNS), and respiratory emergencies and their treatments.

Week 3: Anesthetic Emergencies and Complications:
Paddleford Chapter 8: Pages 174-194
Content: Being able to address cardiovascular emergencies or to prevent them are some of the most important skills technicians can have and we will discuss the recognition of such emergencies and the steps to correct the different situations that we may see.

Week 4: Postoperative Care and Complications
Paddleford Chapter 9
Content: We will briefly cover pain management in this chapter with a much deeper discussion of it in the next chapter. We will discuss post oxygen support, extubation, physiological monitoring and postoperative complications (difficult breathing, behavior changes, blindness, circulatory shock, hyperthermia, oliguria, pulmonary edema, and seizures).

Week 5: Analgesia and Pain Management
Paddleford Chapter 10:
Content: We will discuss the physiology of pain and perception, grading pain and the different methods (opioids, non-opioid, blocks, & NSAIDS) for addressing it.

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.

We have a supply of the Paddleford texts in the VIN store as it is the best, most complete text for this course. 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.


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.

$131 ($118 early bird special if registered before June 12, 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 program was submitted (but not yet approved) to the AAVSB's RACE program for continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB's RACE program at should you have any comments/suggestions regarding this program's validity or relevance to the veterinary profession." (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board.)

COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdrawal retroactively. Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.
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