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Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians

Susan Bryant (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-813-80586-3 March 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 416 Pages


Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians is a highly practical guide to anesthesia skills for veterinary technicians published in association with the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (AVTA). Packed with hints and tips to aid technicians in the practice of veterinary anesthesia, the book offers an essential resource to building anesthesia skills and improving knowledge. Encompassing both background knowledge and practical application of anesthesia-related skills, Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians is a valuable resource for veterinary technicians of all skill levels.

Supplementary website materials, including charts and forms for use in the practice, are available at

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Contributors vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

1. Review of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology 3
Susan Bryant

2. The Preanesthetic Workup 13
Jennifer Dupre

3. Mathematics and Calculations for the Veterinary Anesthetist 29
Sharon Johnston

4. Records and Record Keeping 35
Heather Dulong

5. Preanesthetic Preparation 41
Connie Warren

6. Intravenous Access 49
Shawn Takada

7. Airway Maintenance 57
Darci Palmer

8. Anesthesia Equipment 71
Harry Latshaw and Deb Coleman

9. Introduction to Monitoring: Monitoring the ECG and Blood Gases 85
Jennifer Keefe

10. Monitoring: Pulse Oximetry and Temperature, and Hands-On 95
Amy Levensaler

11. Monitoring Blood Pressure and End-Tidal CO2 in the Anesthetized Patient 105
Heidi L. Reuss-Lamky

12. Fluid Therapy and Blood Products 123
Courtney Beiter

13. Premedication and Sedation Drugs 135
Sandra Robbins

14. Induction Drugs 143
Lori Fuehrer

15. Inhalant Anesthetics 153
Sharon Fornes

16. Recovery of the Anesthetic Patient 159
Michelle Cheyne

17. Anesthetic Complications and Emergencies 167
Samantha McMillan

18. Ventilation Techniques in Small Animal Patients 187
Christine Slowiak

19. Anesthesia for Ophthalmology Patients 195
Kim Lockhead

20. Anesthesia for Patients with Cardiac Disease 205
Wendy Curtis-Uhle and Katy W. Waddell

21. Anesthesia for Small Animal Patients with Head Trauma or Increased Intracranial Pressure 219
Ellen LoMastro

22. Anesthesia for Thoracotomies and Respiratory-Challenged Patients 227
Susan Bryant

23. Anesthesia for Patients with Endocrine Disease 239
Susan Holland

24. Anesthesia for Patients with Renal Disease 245
Kristen Cooley

25. Anesthesia for Patients with Liver Disease 257
Heather Carter

26. Anesthesia for Pediatric Patients 267
Trish Farry

27. Anesthesia for Geriatric Patients 275
Trish Farry

28. Cesarean Section Techniques 283
Christopher L. Norkus

29. Anesthesia for Emergency Trauma Patients 293
Katy W. Waddell

30. Anesthesia for Nontrauma Emergency Patients 301
Ami Gilkey

31. Anesthesia for Small Exotics: Ferrets, Rodents, and Rabbits 313
Jennifer Stowell

32. Basic Physiology of Pain 325
Lynette DeGouff

33. Pain Assessment 333
Kim Lockhead

34. Pain Management Strategies 345
Kim Spelts and James Gaynor

35. Equine Anesthesia 357
Lawrence E. Nann

36. Ruminant Anesthesia 373
Sharon Kaiser-Klinger

Index 385

"It is very well written and provides excellent explanations, particularly regarding physiology. I would highly recommend it." (Doody's, December 2010)

"The book provides an up-to-date resource for technicians who want to learn a more sophisticated degree of anesthetic management or are studying for the specialty examination. It contains a great deal of practical, valuable information in a clear and concise format. It is well illustrated with many good-quality photographs, diagrams, and tables. It will be an excellent addition to the library of any veterinary technician and will be useful for students in veterinary technician programs." (JAVMA, September 2010)

"It will be an excellent addition to the library of any veterinary technician and will be useful for students in veterinary technician programs." (Vet Med Today, September 2010)

"This book is an excellent tool for technicians wishing to improve their knowledge about veterinary anesthesia and build new skills. Published in conjunction with the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists, it is a must for those planning to sit for the Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia examination. With its practical, hands-on focus and a generous sprinkling of hints and tips, it is a book designed for everyday use in situations both common and rare." (Veterinary Technician, August 2010)

"Provides foundational information that can be used to build knowledge about anesthesia, while also providing the reader practical applications and tips. A unique benefit to the text is the supplementary website information provided by the publisher. Charts, forms, and materials for use in the practice setting will be very useful for veterinary technicians performing anesthesia. Fully illustrated in color, this book will serve as a valuable addition to one's library." (VTARC Companion, April 2010) 


Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians companion website  features charts and forms for you to download and use in practice.

Companion website

  • Practical, hands-on guide to anesthesia procedures with broad species coverage
  • Provides essential hints and tips for the veterinary technician
  • Combines need-to-know background information with practical application
  • Illustrated in full color
  • Published in association with the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (AVTA)
  • Supplementary website materials, including charts and forms for use in the practice, are available at