Anaesthesia Monitoring – getting the basics right

Course Overview

This course will highlight the importance of basic hands-on monitoring of patients undergoing anaesthesia. It will help you gain the tools to monitor patients effectively and safely, recognise and pre-empt any potential problems, and the actions to take to avoid or rectify them.

Knowing your individual patient (prior to drug administration) is key to be able to monitor your patient effectively. With this in mind, we will discuss the importance of pre-anaesthetic assessment and why the  veterinary nurse role in this area is important in improving patient safety.

The importance and use of anaesthetic records and recording monitoring information will be explored along with the advantages of the implementation of safety checklists.

We will explore how you can gain more information from the monitoring of parameters such as heart rate, pulse, respiratory rate and characteristics, eye position etc.  We will highlight the different characteristics that may present under anaesthesia, depending on the anaesthetic and analgesic agents used.

We will touch on fluid therapy under anaesthesia, and look at current best practice.

This course will concentrate on dogs and cats.

This course is accredited by the AVA.

Course Syllabus

Course topics covered include:

Pre-anaesthetic assessment

  • The role of the veterinary nurse
  • How to perform a pre-anaesthetic assessment
  • How to deal with unexpected clinical findings

Anaesthetic records

  • What should be recorded and why
  • What should be included in the clinical record

Safety checklists

  • What should be included in your safety checklist
  • How you might implement and monitor use of this tool

Monitoring parameters

  • What they mean and how to gain more information from them
  • Pulse palpation and assessment
  • Respiratory rate and importance of assessing characteristics
  • Eye position
  • Capillary refill time and mucous membrane colour
  • Temperature

Different anaesthetic and analgesic drugs

  • How different drugs impact on your observations before, during and after anaesthesia
  • Understand what is benign and what might be having a negative impact on your patient

Fluid therapy 

  • Briefly explore fluid therapy under general anaesthesia
  • Current best practice
Course Resources

Course resources include:

  • Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
  • Lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
  • Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
  • Supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your learning
  • Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
  • Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
  • Access to the course materials for a period after the course

Course Summary

Course duration: 3 weeks (hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)

Course type: Fully Supported Interactive Online (FSIO)

Tutor: Vicky Ford-Fennah

Suitable for: Vet nurses, students, vets



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When do I start learning?

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Identify and apply the steps required for pre-anaesthetic assessments, and recognise their importance in anaesthetic safety

  • Discuss and carry out basic monitoring techniques on canine and feline patients

  • Select and review appropriate anaesthetic monitoring charts and checklists, and recognise their value in anaesthesia monitoring

  • Recognise the effects of different drugs on monitoring parameters, and identify benign effects and those that may have a negative impact

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions about any of our courses or would just like a chat about your CPD requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Vicky Ford-Fennah

Your Tutor

Vicky Ford-Fennah

BSc(Hons) RVN VTS(anesthesia/analgesia) A1 VPAC