Course Description

This course will review the current standards for patient assessment, sedation, injectable anesthesia, inhalant anesthesia, patient monitoring, perioperative analgesia, and patient support. Several practical, hands-on laboratory sessions will expose attendees to new anesthetic equipment, patient monitors, and local and regional anesthesia. Dogs and cats will be sedated and anesthetized by participants as part of hands-on lab sessions.  This course is appropriate for foreign-trained veterinarians who have passed the BSCE, veterinarians returning to small animal practice after a leave, or veterinarians who want to enhance or reinforce their skills in small animal anesthesia.  Please note:  Due to changes in the NEB policy, candidates may still take their CPE exam at Calgary if they have completed this course.

Course Details

This course will help to prepare the participant for general small animal practice by providing the foundational knowledge and clinical skills needed for provision of sedation and anesthesia to dogs and cats. Over the last 10 years, there have been a number of advances in small animal anesthesia. This course will review the current practice standards for sedation, injectable anesthesia, inhalant anesthesia, patient monitoring, and patient support. This course will allow participants to become familiar with anesthetic equipment (rebreathing and nonrebreathing systems, vaporizers), patient monitoring (electrocardiography, pulse oximetry, capnography, blood pressure measurement, Dopper ultrasonic monitors), patient support techniques (warming, fluid therapy, basic cardiovascular and respiratory support), and analgesia (local and regional anesthetic techniques, postoperative pain management). During the hands-on laboratories, participants will work in pairs to sedate and anesthetize dogs and cats, allowing them to put theory into practice in a clinical setting with live animals. All teaching animals will be recovered from anesthesia, allowing participants to observe the recovery period and participate in postanesthetic patient care.


The course will take place at the Clinical Skills Building on the Spyhill Campus (http://vet.ucalgary.ca/system/files/CSB_Map1.pdf) This course follows the Continuing Education standard refund and withdrawal policy. For details, visit http://conted.ucalgary.ca/policies/list/refund.jsp

Parking and textbook are included in registration package. Contact the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine for further information. UCVM Contact: mgillear@ucalgary.ca Tel: 403 210 3961


Students must have already passed the Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BSCE).


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