This guide to anesthesia skills for veterinary technicians is published in association with the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (AVTA). It contains hints and tips to aid technicians in the practice of veterinary anesthesia.
* Review of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology (Susan Bryant). * The Pre-Anesthetic Work-Up (Jennifer Dupre). * Mathematics and Calculations for the Veterinary Anesthetist (Sharon Johnston) * Records and Record Keeping (Heather Dulong). * Pre-Anesthetic Preparation (Connie Warren). * Intravenous Access (Shawn Takada). * Airway Maintenance (Darci Palmer). * Anesthesia Equipment (Harry Latshaw and Deb Coleman). * Introduction to Monitoring, Monitoring the ECG and Blood Gases (Jennifer Covey). * Monitoring Pulse Oximetry, Temperature, and "Hands On" Monitoring (Amy Levensaler). * Monitoring Blood Pressure and End-Tidal CO2 in the Anesthetized Patient (Heidi Reuss-Lamky). * Fluid Therapy and Blood Products (Courtney Beiter). * Pre-Medication and Sedation Drugs (Sandra Robbins). * Induction Drugs (Lori Fuehrer). * Inhalant Anesthetics (Sharon Fornes). * Recovery of the Anesthetic Patient (Michelle Cheyne). * Anesthetic Complications and Emergencies (Sam MacMillan). * Ventilation Techniques in the Small Animal Patient (Christine Slowiak). * Anesthesia for Ophthalmic Procedures (Kim Lockhead). * Anesthesia for Patients with Cardiac Disease (Wendy Curtis-Uhle). * Anesthesia for The Small Animal Patient with Head Trauma or Increased Intracranial Pressure (Ellen Lomastro). * Anesthesia for Thoracotomies and the Respiratory Challenged Patient (Susan Bryant). * Anesthesia for Patients with Endocrine Disease (Susan Holland). * Anesthesia for the Patient with Renal Disease (Kristen Hunyady). * Anesthesia for Patients with Liver Disease (Heather Carter). * Anesthesia for Pediatric Patients (Trish Farry). * Anesthesia for the Geriatric Patient (Trish Farry). * Cesarean Section Techniques (Christopher Norkus). * Anesthesia for the Emergency Trauma Patient (Katy Waddell). * Anesthesia for the Non-Trauma Emergency Patient (Ami Gilkey). * Anesthesia for Small Exotics: Ferrets, Rodents, and Rabbits (Jennifer Stowell). * Basic Physiology of Pain (Lynette DeGouff ). * Pain Assessment (Kim Lockhead). * Pain Management Strategies (Kim Spelts and James Gaynor). * Equine Anesthesia (Lawrence Nann). * Ruminant Anesthesia (Sharon Kaiser-Klinger).
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Susan Bryant, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia), is the anesthesia technician supervisor at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.