Essentials of Veterinary Anaesthesia

Learn how to effectively and safely manage anaesthesia in your small animal patients with this online and interactive course for Vet Nurses/Technicians.

This course includes:

What you'll learn

This 4-week online course is designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to help effectively and safely manage anaesthesia in your patients. We’ll cover setting up your anaesthetic machine and circuits, selecting appropriate anaesthetic machine settings for your patient, and the pharmacology of common anaesthetic and sedative medications. What’s more, we’ll also talk about how to reduce anaesthetic risk in your patients, and will complete the course with a discussion on anaesthetic monitoring, and the management of common anaesthetic problems, such as hypotension, hypothermia, arousal during anaesthesia and much more!

Week 1: Preparing for the Anaesthetic

This week is all about being prepared - preparing our anaesthetic drugs, our anaesthetic machine, and the equipment we need for intubation. It’s also about being prepared for unexpected complications - including apnoea, hypotension, and cardio-pulmonary arrest - focusing on equipment, medications and support techniques that will help out patient if things go wrong!

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Week 2: Preparing your Patient for Anaesthesia

This week covers important aspects of patient assessment, identification of potential anaesthetic risk factors, and adjusting our anaesthetic protocol to minimise risk to the patient. We’ll review how to identify and correct important patient risk factors too - so your patients have the best chance of surviving their anaesthetic.

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Week 3: Anaesthetic and Sedative Drugs

This week is all about the medications we commonly use to both induce and maintain anaesthesia, with a view to being able to more effectively monitor, predict patient response, and intervene if necessary, to help maintain safe anaesthesia.

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Week 4: The Anaesthetic

This week covers the essentials of patient monitoring - from simple anaesthetic depth monitoring, to blood pressure, capnography, body temperature and cardiac rhythm - as well as what to do when you encounter an abnormality!

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Course Tutor

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

Course Reviews

"Hello Phil and thank you so much for another wonderful course! I really enjoy learning from you - your teaching technique is fabulous and the resources and notes you provide are just so informative!"
Robert Green
Vet Nurse, United States
"Thanks so much for all your advice and teaching. With so much information around these days, your evidence-based clarification goes a long way! You and your work are very valued at this practice."
Julian Smithers
Vet Nurse, Australia
"Thank you for your wonderful resources and course. It is fantastic to be able to access it in such a flexible manner. I got a lot out of your notes, presentations and extras that I will refer to often in my work."
Rose Crooke
Vet Nurse, New Zealand
"I want to acknowledge and thank you for the tremendous amount of quality information you have imparted to us during this course."
Bethany Reeves
Vet Nurse, United Kingdom

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Essentials of Veterinary Anaesthesia


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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 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, and is a published author in snake envenomation in peer reviewed literature. Philip is also a founding scientific advisory committee member of SnakeMap, a project designed to improve our understanding of snake envenomation in dogs and cats in Australia.

Philips key interests in veterinary science include respiratory emergencies, ventilation therapy, emergency management of the trauma patient, emergency surgery and envenomations and toxicology.