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Anesthesia and Surgical Assisting

Anesthesia and Surgical Assisting

Anesthesia and Surgical Assisting

William W. Muir III, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVA, DACVECC and  Dr. Brent E. Wilkens DVM, DACVS Diplomate ACV
William W. Muir III, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVA, DACVECC and Dr. Brent E. Wilkens DVM, DACVS Diplomate ACV
on behalf of Animal Care Technologies Online Training

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Launch date: 17 May 2017
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Last updated: 17 Nov 2018

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This program is intended to educate veterinary health care staff in the general knowledge and skills necessary to properly perform tasks commonly encountered in the veterinary hospital’s surgical suite.
The first 5 videos in this program is regarding the concepts of anesthesia and how they are employed in the veterinary hospital. The different stages of anesthesia are all covered, along with a more in-depth look at patient monitoring, understanding the effects of anesthesia on the patient’s vital signs, and responsibilities of support staff in the anesthesia process. A section is also devoted to anesthetic machine basics, including proper cleaning and maintenance of the equipment.
The second portion of this program begins with an introduction to the general concepts of aseptic technique and methods of instrument sterilization employed in the surgical area. Techniques for preparing patients for surgical procedures including proper clipping, scrubbing and monitoring of patients is discussed next. Commonly utilized surgical instruments, including their use and instructions on how to properly care for them are discussed as well as explanations about different suture materials and their uses. Finally, considerations for the post-operative patient care and maintenance are covered.


At the end of this E-learning, the learner will gain an in-depth understanding of anesthesia and surgical assisting
This includes 12 videos from the ACT Online Training small animal library.

Anesthesia Assisting:
- Pre-Anesthetic Phase
- Anesthetic Equipment and Patient Monitoring
- Induction Phase
- Maintenance Phase and Machine Basics
- Recovery Phase

Surgical Assisting:
- Introduction and Instrument Sterilization
- Implementing Aseptic Technique
- Pre-Operative Patient Preparation
- Monitoring of the Anesthetized Patient
- Instruments Used in Surgery
- Suture Materials
- Post-Operative Patient Care and OR Maintenance
William W. Muir III, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVA, DACVECC and  Dr. Brent E. Wilkens DVM, DACVS Diplomate ACV

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William W. Muir III, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVA, DACVECC and Dr. Brent E. Wilkens DVM, DACVS Diplomate ACV
on behalf of Animal Care Technologies Online Training

Dr. Muir is the Chief Medical Officer for The Animal Medical Center in New York City. In this capacity, he oversees that the highest medical standards for the diagnosis and care of all admitted patients are followed. He also serves as a consultant to the Veterinary Pharmaceutical Animal Health industry and pharmaceutical regulatory agencies including the Center for Veterinary Animal Medicine of the Food and Drug Administration. He was Chair (1983-1994) and Professor of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University for 37 years. He also served as Director of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and Anesthesia and Pain Management.
Dr. Muir's clinical responsibilities encompass all aspects of clinical practice. His special interests include clinical pharmacology, anesthesia, pain management, fluid therapy and the acute care of severely ill animals. He is a mentor and advisor for veterinary staff and beginning veterinary professionals seeking to advance their knowledge in clinical practice and applied research working toward attainment of advanced degrees. In this capacity, Dr. Muir supervises and conducts a variety of applied clinical studies that comply with State and Federal standards. These studies are designed to improve animal health through the development and application of new and safer drugs, drug formulations, drug delivery systems and advanced therapeutic techniques.
He is board certified in veterinary anesthesia and veterinary medicine and critical care, a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Pharmacology, regional director of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Muir has lectured and published extensively in both scientific and clinical veterinary forums on the subjects of anesthesia, critical care, acid-base and fluid therapy, circulatory shock and the pharmacology and pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic properties of drugs used to treat diseases in companion animals.
Brent E. Wilkens, DVM, DACVS Diplomate ACVS is currently working as a surgeon for Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center.
● Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1997.
● Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Kansas State University, 1992
● Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery: Texas A&M University, 1992-1993
● Residency in Small Animal Surgery: University of Tennessee, 1993-1996

Current Accreditations

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

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

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