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The Virtual Anaesthesia Textbook

Veterinary Anaesthesia

Last modified 9/11/2014. Comments to: Chris Thompson


Societies and Colleges

The American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists site has information concerning the history, constitution and objectives of the organization, certification requirements for the speciality of veterinary anesthesiology and a list of officers and Diplomates. Images for discussions on ACVA-L, the veterinary anesthesia discussion list, are temporarily displayed here.

The Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists and European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia are complementary organizations. The AVA organizes scientific meetings, supports education and addresses political issues related to veterinary anesthesia. The ECVA is responsible for implementing standards for board certification in veterinary anesthesiology.

The site for the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society also hosts sites for the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians, and the Student Chapter of VECCS.

The European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society was founded in 2002. The purpose of the Society is to promote the advancement of knowledge and high standards of practice in veterinary emergency and critical care patient in Europe. The EVECCS pages can be displayed in Dutch, English, German, Italian, Portugese and Spanish, and the site has links to Web sites of European veterinary specialist colleges.

The Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists provides certification of veterinary technicians as Veterinary Technician Specialist-Anesthesia.

Founded in 2003 , the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management is a multi-disciplinary organization promoting humane investigation of animal pain, and advancement in clinical assessment and treatment of pain in animals through research, advocacy, training and education.


Some infomation about veterinary scientific meetings and courses may be found here:

Instructional Materials

The College of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, undergraduate anesthesia manual.

Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital anesthesia teaching materials

A description of breathing circuits and an explanation of the use of different flow rates in systems is available from Alan Klide at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Veterinary anesthesia images and Rat Pain Assessment CD-ROMs, produced by Paul Flecknell.

International Veterinary Informational Services (IVIS) requires registration for access. The following online texts are in preparation:

Position Papers and Guidelines

The ACVA site includes these position papers:

The 2007 AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia provides guidelines for humane killing of animals.

Veterinary Anesthesia Department Web Sites

United States:

United Kingdom:


Clinical Veterinary Anesthesia Sites

Veterinary Anesthesia Support Group is maintained by veterinary practitioners who have above average anesthetic programs in their practices. Site serves as an information resource to assist folks interested in advancing the quality of anesthesia in small animal practice.

Animal Welfare

Occupational Health and Safety

US Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) Anesthetic Gases: Guidelines For Workplace Exposures.

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Task Force on Trace Anesthetic Gases document Waste Anesthetic Gases: Information for Management in Anesthetizing Areas and in the Postanesthesia Care Unit (PACU).

Equipment Related Sites

Anaesthesia Equipment

Sites related to sales/service of anesthetic equipment used in animals (don't forget to check also the Equipment chapter). Please note that this list is not comprehensive and that inclusion on the list does not signify our endorsement of a business:

Anesthetic Recovery

Recovery Slings

Pharmacy Related Sites


Veterinary Anesthesia-related Journals:

Links to other anesthesia journal and publisher web sites can be found in the Medical Information Resources chapter.

Other publishers:


Wildlife and Exotic Animal Anesthesia

  • John's Excellent Elephant Anaesthesia Adventure

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visitors to this chapter since April 29th 2000. Authored by:
Pauline Wong
Veterinary Anesthesia Consulting Services
Davis, California, USA

Anesthesia/Critical Patient Care Service
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California, Davis
Davis, California, USA

with assistance from:
Dr. John Loadsman
Department of Anaesthetics
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Camperdown, Australia, 2050
Fax +61 2 9519 2455
Telephone +61 2 9515 8564

Questions about the Virtual Anaesthesia Textbook project itself should be e-mailed to Chris Thompson.