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In the past decades much advancement has been achieved in the science and art of anesthesia, perioperative pain management and critical patient care. In parallel expectations and demand for improved anesthesia and analgesia practices in animals has increased within the general public. Therefore, advanced education of veterinary technicians in all aspects of veterinary anesthesia and analgesia is necessary to satisfy the growing expectations of both the veterinary community and animal owners and to optimize health care of our animals in the future. The course program is directed towards credentialed veterinary technicians with a focused interest in small animal anesthesia, analgesia, and perioperative care and who potentially pursue a career as veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in anesthesia & analgesia or as a research anesthetist. The 4-module course combines traditional methods of lecturing and laboratory/workshop teaching with the new technology of on-demand e-learning. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to obtain certification in basic and advanced techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation from the ACVECC. The AVTAA will designate a total of 90 continuing education (CE) credits upon successful completion of the program, as well as the ALAVTN for the Research Anesthetist category. For the Research Surgeon, the ALAVTN will accept 30% of the CE units towards the continuing education requirements for that subspecialty.

What do our learners say?

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  • "This opportunity for anesthesia and analgesia education, as a veterinary technician/nurse, is unprecedented."
    Chantal FaraudoCVT, CVPPA
  • "I would recommend anyone interested in furthering their anesthesia knowledge to look no further than this course."
  • "This course has been amazing! Thank you for making this possible! The support that you have given us is uplifting and energizing!"
  • "Thank you so much for all the time that went into putting this course together. It is appreciated more than words can express. "
  • "Many thanks for you time, efforts, enthusiasm, and understanding. This experience has definitely made me a more skilled, more confident nurse."
  • "This has been such a fun and rewarding experience. Thank you for taking the time to make us the best nurses we can be."
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  • Introduction to the course and outline of the function of a veterinary anesthesia technician within the clinical veterinary team
  • Physiological, pathophysiological & pharmacological concepts of anesthesia and perioperative analgesia in small animals
  • Basic principles of safe and efficient anesthesia and perioperative pain management in small animals, ranging from pre-anesthetic patient assessment to post-anesthetic care
  • Components, function, and functionality testing of anesthesia equipment and workstations
  • Basic concepts of safe anesthesia techniques and methods of perioperative analgesia
  • Techniques of perioperative vital function monitoring
  • Basic concepts and clinically commonly applied methods for monitoring depth of anesthesia and nociception
  • Disease-, age-, and species-specific aspects of anesthesia and perioperative analgesia management
  • Maintenance of adequate respiratory and cardiovascular function during anesthesia
  • Management of intraoperative respiratory and/or hemodynamic dysfunction
  • Basic and advanced techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) following the RECOVER consensus guidelines offering the option of ACVECC-endorsed CPR certification
  • Recognition and management of perianesthetic cardiac arrhythmias
  • Recognition and management of perianesthetic disturbances in blood, electrolyte, and/or acid-base homeostasis
  • Recognition of perioperative pain and assistance in pain therapy