This course includes 3 hours of classroom instruction as well as 3 hours of laboratory activity per week.
Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.
The major topics in this course include the following:
- The anesthesia machine and its component parts.
- Patient assessment in preparation for anesthesia.
- Anesthesia protocols, including pre-medication, induction, maintenance and recovery.
- Anesthetic support:
- Anesthetic monitoring :
- Cardiovascular, respiratory and species specific monitoring
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate the proper use and function of inhalant anesthetic machines for the delivery of general anesthesia.
- Discuss the pharmacology and routes of administration of drugs used for local anesthesia, sedation and inhalant anesthesia.
- Calculate sedative, anesthetic and analgesic drug dosages.
- Monitor, record and intervene as necessary to ensure safe anesthesia in dogs and cats.
- Set up, use and maintain inhalant anesthetic machines and anesthetic monitoring equipment.
- Perform and/or describe intubation of companion and food animal species.
- Describe the function of compressed gas delivery systems associated with the inhalant anesthetic machine.
- Describe the occupational hazards associated with workplace exposure to anesthetic drugs, inhalant anesthetics and waste gases.
- Set up and maintain a crash kit.
- Identify anesthetic emergencies and discuss the use of emergency drugs and equipment.
The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. A final minimum cumulative grade of “C” or 60% is required (in both lecture and lab components) in order to pass this course. Evaluation will be based on quizzes and assignments, practical evaluations including a final practical examination, at least one midterm and a final written examination.
A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.
Successful completion of Year 1 of the Veterinary/Animal Health Technology Program