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Anaesthesia and Analgesia for Veterinary Nurses


Veterinary nurses have an essential role in anaesthesia and analgesia, from admition and preparation right through to the recovery of the patient.


It is important for a veterinary nurse to have an understanding of the physiology of pain and be able to use pain scoring charts appropriately. A well-planned analgesic protocol enables the anaesthetist to establish a stable plane of anaesthesia without repeatedly having to adjust the level of Inhalation to compensate for poor pain control.

As exotic animals are now a very common sight at the veterinary practice, the veterinary nurse needs to be able to provide the same expert care that they would provide for their feline and canine patients. Correct airway management is of the upmost importance and exotic patients especially require the nurse to be able to adapt rapidly to changing conditions and the many complications which could arise.

The programme comprises of 5 hours of tuition including:

  • Anaesthesia of the exotic patient
  • Use of Supraglottic devices and airway management
  • Analgesia and the role of the veterinary nurse

The course is suitable for both RVN’s and SVNs who wish to refresh or further their knowledge in anaesthesia and analgesia.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. 

Further Study

Specialise in anaesthesia and exotic nursing:
• ESVPS Veterinary Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia
• City & Guilds Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277