2 Sep 2020

The Anaesthetic Machine and Monitoring Equipment & Pre-anaesthetic Assessment and Pre-medication. Intravenous and Inhalant Anaesthetics



Day 1

The anaesthetic machine is an essential tool for inhalation anaesthesia. A good working knowledge of both the machine and breathing circuit is essential to ensure the safety of the patient.

This course will cover the different types of machines available and will review available breathing circuits. The range of monitoring equipment in veterinary practice has increased significantly over the last few years and the latest thinking on this topic will be presented.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the anaesthetic machine
  • Know how anaesthetic breathing circuits work and how to choose them
  • Understand the use of low flow anaesthesia with circle circuits
  • Be able to fill in the anaesthetic record correctly
  • Have an overview from basic through to advanced monitoring
  • Understand equipment - how it works and what to choose
  • Be able to anticipate potential problems and avoid pitfalls
  • Adopt minimal monitoring in ‘general practice’
  • Have an overview of ventilators and artificial ventilation

Day 2

This course will cover how to assess the patient before anaesthesia and the different drugs available for pre-medication. General anaesthesia may be induced by injectable drugs or inhalational agents. These will be reviewed along with methods of maintaining anaesthesia.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • The role of pre-anaesthetic assessment
  • Understand the reasons and ways to use pre-medication and sedation
  • Have an overview of injectable anaesthetics
  • Have an overview of the inhalation anaesthetics
  • Be able to review the principles and practical use of the newer agents


Comprehensive course notes, lunch and refreshments on each day.

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.