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.
- 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.