Essentials of Small Animal Anaesthesia - Vet Education

Essentials of Small Animal Anaesthesia

For Vet Nurses/Technicians

25 Hours of Structured & Assessed CE | RACE Approved

5-Week Interactive and Tutor Guided Course

When Is It?

Start Date: Monday, February 18, 2019

Duration: 5 Weeks

Live Weekly Tutorials: Mondays at 7:30 PM AEDT (Sydney Time)

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Please Note: These live tutorials are recorded if you are unable to participate in real-time.

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!

What's in the Course?

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
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 – 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

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 algorithm for solving each detected problem.

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 Features

Printed and Bound Course Book  
Graded Course Assessment 
Discussion Forums 
Live and Online Weekly Tutorials 
Comprehensive Learning Resources 
Extra Course Resources 
Protocols For Your Practice 
Dr. Philip Judge

Your Tutor

Dr. Philip Judge

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (VECC; Medicine of Dogs)

Director: Vet Education Pty Ltd

  • Consultant in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

  • Internationally renowned lecturer and published author

  • Dedicated to providing you with innovative and exciting online learning!

Course Fee

The cost for this 5-week vet nurse course is only AUD 350. This fee includes a printed and fully bound course book, full access to our website for the duration of the course, including message-board access, and all online tutorials, quiz assessments, marking and advice, and a certificate on successful course completion.

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Course Fee: 350 AUD (Australia).

Get in touch!

For any queries regarding this course, please do not hesitate to email us at Or call us on +61 7 4755 0090.