Certificate Course in Principle Techniques of Small Animal Anesthesia, Perioperative Analgesia & Critical Patient Care


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 for improved and safe anesthesia and analgesia in animals increased within the general public. Therefore, advanced education of veterinary technicians in veterinary anesthesia, analgesia, and perioperative care 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 licensed animal health technicians with focused interest in small animal anesthesia, analgesia, and perioperative care and potentially the desire to pursue in the future a career as veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in anesthesia & analgesia. 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 American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care. The AVTAA will designate a total of 90 continuing education (CE) credits upon successful completion of the program.

Excerpt of the Course Program
  • 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 following the RECOVER consensus guidelines
  • 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

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