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Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts And Components Part Two

Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts And Components Part Two

Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts And Components Part Two

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

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Launch date: 03 Sep 2015

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Last updated: 23 Sep 2017

Reference: 160589

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This course is only available to trainees days after purchase. It would need to be repurchased by the trainee if not completed in the allotted time period. This course is no longer available. You will need to repurchase if you wish to take the course again.


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.

However, students who have taken Part One have until June 1, 2017 to enroll in Part Two. After that time the enrollment window will close.

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 Two course only. To learn more about Part One please use this link Anesthesia: Fundamental Concepts and Components: Part One catalog page.

This course was formally titled Basic Principles of Anesthesia, Part Two.


On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1. Explain the principles of anesthetic monitoring, classify physical monitoring parameters and list normal values for each physical monitoring parameter
2. List and describe each of the classic stages and planes of anesthesia
3. Explain and demonstrate assessment of each of the vital signs, reflexes, and other indicators of anesthetic depth
4. Explain setup, operation, care, maintenance, and troubleshooting of various monitoring equipment and interpret output and data from same, including abnormal parameters
5. Identify the following rhythms on an electrocardiographic tracing: normal sinus rhythm (NSR); sinus arrhythmia (SA); sinus bradycardia and tachycardia; first-, second-, and third-degree atrioventricular (AV) heart block; supraventricular premature complexes (SPCs) and ventricular premature complexes (VPCs); supraventricular and ventricular tachycardia; atrial and ventricular fibrillation; and QRS and T-wave configuration changes
6. Outline the methods for performing a nerve block and a line block, and list clinical situations in veterinary practice in which these blocks are used
7. List the indications for the use of neuromuscular blocking agents and the hazards associated with their use
8. Describe the techniques of manual, mechanical, periodic, and intermittent mandatory ventilation and their application to anesthesia
9. List the most common reasons why anesthetic emergencies occur, including problems arising from human error, equipment failure, and the adverse effects of anesthetic agents
10. List the most common causes of the following anesthetic problems: inadequate anesthetic depth; excessive anesthetic depth; pale mucous membranes; prolonged capillary refill time; dyspnea; tachypnea; bradycardia; tachycardia; cardiac arrhythmias. Outline appropriate responses
11. Describe the problems involved in anesthetizing non-standard patients
12. Explain selected species-specific anesthesia techniques from patient preparation through recovery
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.

Current Accreditations

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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