VET30100 Veterinary Anaesthesia

VET30100 Veterinary Anaesthesia

VET30100 Veterinary Anaesthesia 150 150 Peter

VET30100 Veterinary Anaesthesia

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is a core course in clinical veterinary medicine. This course is designed to train veterinary students to apply their knowledge of pharmacology, physiology, internal medicine and surgery to carry out safe anaesthetic practices in many species of animals. Students will learn the theory behind the safe and effective use of modern anaesthetic drugs and techniques and anaesthetic equipment. They will also learn how to evaluate and correct systemic complications that arise during general anaesthesia and emergency situations.
The module consists of a series of inter-related lectures (pharmacology and clinical anaesthesia), practical classes and tutorials. These are usually given face-to-face. Lecture material is available via Brightspace.
Assessment: Continuous assessment via computer-based single-best answer MCQ at the conclusion of lectures and participation in practicals. End of year computer-based assessment of all material.
Remediation will be available at the end of Spring.

Learning Outcomes:

A. Pharmacology: on successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
Demonstrate familiarity with the terminology relevant to drugs used in anaesthetic practice;
Describe the mechanisms of action of anaesthetic-related drugs, including their interaction with receptors;
Relate the chemical and physical properties of anaesthetic drugs to their pharmacological effects;
Outline the pharmacokinetics of anaesthetic-related drugs, with particular reference to the pathways of metabolism and excretion, and recognise the impact of common diseases on these processes;
Outline the pharmacodynamics of anaesthetic related drugs and identify potential adverse effects and signs of toxicity.
Students should be familiar with the composition of intravenous fluid solutions available for parenteral administration and compare their relative merits.
B. Safe anaesthetic practice: students should be able to formulate safe and suitable anaesthetic plans by: Relating and applying their knowledge of physiology and pharmacology to a variety of small and large animal veterinary patients;
Interpreting a patient’s history, clinical examination and laboratory findings and evaluating their significance to the administration of anaesthesia.
Students should be able to recognise the reasons for an increased risk from general anaesthesia according to the species, breed, age and disease status of the patient to be anaesthetised.
They should be familiar with the signs and severity of pain in animals and be able to choose appropriate analgesic agents and procedures, including local anaesthetic techniques, and subsequently appraise their effectiveness.
C. Modern anaesthetic equipment: Identify the main components of anaesthetic machines and gas cylinders and describe their function;
Describe how to carry out a pre-use check on anaesthetic equipment;
Identify and describe anaesthetic breathing systems and be familiar with gas flows required for their safe use in a variety of species and conditions;
Describe the potential hazards of anaesthetic agents for humans and itemise how to effectively minimise these effects for personnel and clients;
Demonstrate an understanding of the usefulness of endotracheal intubation and modern monitoring equipment.

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