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Essentials of Small Animal Anaesthesia

Get the latest updates in managing Anaesthesia in dogs and cats with this 5-week interactive and tutor guided course for Veterinary Nurses.

What you'll learn

Anaesthesia is something we do every day in general practice. But it is a potentially lethal procedure! So, how can we make our anaesthesia safe?

This 5-week interactive course will provide you with essential tools to make your patient anaesthesia as safe and effective as possible. We will discuss anaesthetic drugs, safe administration, anaesthetic circuit selection, essential anaesthetic monitoring, and what to do in case of the emergency anaesthetic!

Week 1: Reducing Risk in the Anaesthetic Patient

This topic covers a plan for identification of anaesthetic risk factors in canine and feline patients and outlines specific therapeutic modalities for the correction or reduction in anaesthetic risk, for disorders of the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, urinary and neurological system. You will also receive client history forms, anaesthetic risk assessment charts and many more great resources for your practice!

Week 2: The Anaesthetic Drugs

To safely administer and monitor our patients under anaesthesia, we need to know important aspects about the drugs we are using. This topic covers the essential pharmacology of the most commonly used analgesic and anaesthetic drugs used in small animal anaesthesia – from opioids, ketamine and sedatives, to inhalant anaesthetic drugs and alpha-2 agonists and more. More than just covering a list of drugs, you will also receive suggested drug protocols for various diseases, and some useful infusion guides for continuous drug infusions too!

Week 3: Anaesthetic Monitoring

This topic covers monitoring of the anaesthetic patient – from basic measurement of physical parameters to instrumentation and interpretation of pulse oximetry, end-tidal carbon dioxide concentration, blood pressure and urine output. Additionally, a review of anaesthetic depth and how this relates to physiological responsiveness of the patient is also detailed.

Week 4: Anesthetic Nightmares

Many anaesthetics are uneventful. However, some are not – and we need to be prepared! Anaesthetic complications vary from temporary periods of apnoea following anaesthetic induction, through to life-threatening disorders of circulation, respiratory function and anaesthetic death. This topic explores the causes of the most common anaesthetic emergencies, and presents a logical algorithmic approach for solving each detected problem – so you experience less stress when things go wrong.

Week 5: Anaesthesia in Disease States

This topic covers an approach to problem identification and anaesthetic management of patients with specific diseases, including respiratory diseases, cardiac disease, caesarean section, kidney failure, liver disease and much more!

Course Tutor


BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs)

Course Features:

Course Fee:

AUD 350

Live Weekly Tutorials

The 5-week course starts on February 22, 2021 with live tutorials by Dr Philip Judge on Mondays at 19:30 AEST.

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You can join us from almost anywhere you have an internet connection! Click Here to check the course tutorial times where you are!

25 CE Credits

This course is ideal for Veterinary Nurses/Technicians and is RACE-approved for 25 CE credits!

Course Reviews

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Dr Philip Judge

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs)
Philip graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1992, and spent 7 years in small animal practice before undertaking a 3-year residency in veterinary emergency and critical care at the University of Melbourne in 1998. Following his residency, Philip worked for nearly 6 years at the Animal Emergency Centre in Melbourne, becoming the Senior Veterinarian at the centre in 2004. In 2006, Philip undertook a 1-year surgical externship before moving to Townsville to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at JCU. Philip is also co-founder, and director of Vet Education Pty Ltd ( – one of Australia’s leading providers of online continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary nurses.
Philip has published numerous manuals and guides concerning emergency medicine, including a CRI manual, haematology and biochemistry interpretation guide, emergency anaesthesia guide, and a ventilation therapy manual for small animals, in addition to being published in peer reviewed literature. Philip’s key interests in veterinary science include respiratory emergencies, ventilation therapy, envenomations, and toxicology.
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