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Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts And Components Part One

Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts And Components Part One

Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts And Components Part One

Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, CVT, VMT, LAAS, SRA
Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, CVT, VMT, LAAS, SRA
on behalf of VetMedTeam

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Last updated: 23 May 2017

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This course is no longer available for enrollment. It has been replaced with updated courses using the new edition of the text - the courses are in the technician section of the catalog.

Please Note: Elsevier has published the 5th edition early. It was not scheduled to be available until end of 2016. We are in the process of updating both Fundamental Anesthesia courses. However, the process of updating will not be finalized, depending on the course, until the end of 2016/beginning of 2017. When the update process is complete we will send a newsletter out to members. Until then both courses will continue to use the 4th edition.

General anesthesia is regarded as one of the miracles of medicine. Advances in the art and science of anesthesia have allowed tremendous advances in surgery and medicine. Yet anesthesia is not without its complications and side effects. Decreasing reactions and minimizing side effects, while increasing the effectiveness of anesthesia, must be a primary focus of every team member involved in the anesthesia process. In any discussion of the foundational principles of veterinary anesthesia, it is agreed that practitioners and nurses/technicians must have a strong understanding of, and comfort level with, anesthetic drugs and combinations. Another basic principle is the need to constantly improve existing protocols, either by simple changes or by extensive revision of drugs and procedures. The question every team member needs to ask is “What can I do to make anesthesia safer?”

Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts and Components: Part One and Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts and Components: Part Two are partner courses designed to provide a review of foundational knowledge for the safe practice of veterinary anesthesia. For some participants, this will be their initial introduction to the art and science of anesthesia while for other ii will be a valuable refresher course allowing for the inclusion of current practices. Although a foundational level set of offerings, both courses contain material that would be of benefit to many veterinarians. As indicated by a boarded veterinary anesthesiologist who has reviewed the content of this course, “Courses like this allow the practitioner to review the basic concepts they learned in veterinary school as well as to learn about new drugs, techniques, and monitors that are being used." It is recommended, although not required, that participants work in a practice to complete these courses.

Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts and Components: Part One covers patient preparation for anesthetic procedures along with current medication options. Anesthetic equipment and workplace safety are included. Please review the learning objectives and content section for more details.

Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts and Components: Part Two reviews anesthetic monitoring and special techniques such as local anesthesia, assisted and controlled ventilation and neuromuscular blocking agents. This course also provides information on species-specific anesthetic considerations. Participants will choose between companion animal, equine, ruminant and swine, or rodent and rabbit species-specific tracks. Please review the learning objectives and content section for more details. It is recommended, but not required, that participants take the courses in order.

Enrollment: The enrollment button on this page enrolls into the Part One course only. To learn more about Part Two please use this link Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts and Components: Part Two catalog page.

This course was formally titled Basic Principles of Anesthesia, Part One


On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1. Define anesthesia, and differentiate topical, local, regional, general, and surgical anesthesia, including common indications for anesthesia and the fundamental challenges and risks
2. Explain the concept of balanced anesthesia and the advantages of this approach
3. List the qualities and abilities of a successful veterinary anesthetist and explain the importance of effective communication
4. Explain the reasons for preoperative patient evaluation and the components of a minimum patient database
5. Take a complete history, perform a preanesthetic physical assessment, identify findings that affect anesthetic event planning and assign a patient to one of the five physical status classifications as specified by the American Society of Anesthesiologists
6. Discuss the value of intravenous catheterization for patients, describe types and purposes of IV fluids and calculate fluid infusion rates
7. Classify anesthetic agents and adjuncts based on route of administration, time of administration, principal effect, or chemistry as well as indications, mode of action, adverse effects, and use
8. Differentiate agonists, partial agonists, agonist-antagonists, and antagonists based on their action and effect
9. List the inhalation anesthetic agents in common use, and describe their indications, mode of action, effects, adverse effects, and use
10. List the reasons for, and advantages of, endotracheal intubation and choose and prepare an appropriate endotracheal tube
11. Describe the four basic anesthetic delivery systems, identify the parts of each system, and describe the basic operation of an anesthetic machine
12. Explain the use of oxygen supply of the anesthetic machine and trace the flow of oxygen through an anesthetic machine and patient breathing circuit for rebreathing and non-rebreathing systems
13. Compare and contrast vaporizer-out-of-circuit (VOC) and vaporizer-in-circuit (VIC) vaporizers in terms of setup, use, and agents administered in each of these systems
14. Explain the impact of oxygen flow rates on anesthetic concentration within the breathing circuit, changes in anesthetic depth, patient safety, and waste gas production
15. Describe both the short-term and long-term effects of waste anesthetic gas on team members and outline ways in which the release of waste anesthetic gases may be minimized
Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, CVT, VMT, LAAS, SRA

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Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, CVT, VMT, LAAS, SRA
on behalf of VetMedTeam

Mary Ellen Goldberg is a graduate of Harcum College and the University of Pennsylvania. She worked at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Division of Animal Resources and for Research Scientists advising on their choices for anesthesia and pain management on their protocols. She was a member of VCU’s IACUC for 10 years. She has been the instructor of Anesthesia and Pain Management at VetMedTeam, LLC since 2003.

Mary Ellen is a Certified Veterinary
Pain Practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and has been the Executive Secretary for IVAPM since 2008. In addition, she is a Surgical Research Anesthetist certified through the Academy of Surgical Research. She is on the Organizing Committee for APRVT (Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians). Currently, she is a staff member at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. (CCRA). Mary Ellen is the Exam Chair for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses.

Mary Ellen has written several books, and contributed to numerous chapters, regarding anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation. She speaks at national meetings on these topics and gives private CE to organizational groups. She has worked in various aspects of veterinary medicine from small animal and equine to mixed practice, coccidiosis research for a pharmaceutical company, zoo animal medicine, and laboratory animal medicine.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 15.00 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 70

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