Anaesthesiology

Last changed: 20 April 2018

Anaesthesiology is the specialty concerned with methods and pharmaceuticals used to induce total or partial loss of sensation with or without the loss of consciousness.

Anaesthesia and intensive care is a relatively young specialty and "The Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists" is an international organisation for education and development of the discipline. After obtaining a veterinary degree and a minimum of 3 years of specialist training, it is possible to pursue a diploma from the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (ECVAA), The subject encompasses the main areas: anaesthesia, analgesia and periopera­tive intensive care plus anaesthesia and intensive care in veterinary nursing.

Current research

  • Improved oxygenation in horses under general anaesthesia, with sub­projects: a) matching of ventilation/perfusion in the lungs when under anaesthesia, b) effect of pulsed NO, and c) the effect on the quality of awakening.
  • Refinement of anaesthesia and analgesia for pigs. Interdisciplinary projects and inter-university research projects in the field of veterinary medicine, where the pig is used as an animal model in medical research.
  • Development of appropriate analgesia and anaesthesia for caesarean sections on dogs and cats.

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