SGT312 - Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgical Techniques

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Subject Title
Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgical Techniques

Subject Description
This course will introduce the Veterinary Technician student to the principles of veterinary anaesthesia. Drugs and anaesthetic equipment used to induce and maintain anaesthesia in small and large animals will be studied.  The student will become proficient in monitoring anaesthetized animals and will learn to deal with common anaesthetic problems and emergencies.  The student will learn preparation of surgical instruments and equipment, the surgical theatre, and the surgical patient for various types of procedures routinely seen in general practice.  Other topics will also be discussed in this course including the ECG, fluid therapy, emergency procedures, analgesic therapy as they pertain to the anaesthetic period.

A further area of study in this course will include some basic techniques of surgical assistance.  The student will be exposed to the general protocols used when performing surgeries in mainly small, but some large animal practices, such as neutering, laparotomies, and orthopaedics.  Basic suturing techniques will also be introduced.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

After completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to conduct a thorough pre-anaesthetic evaluation of domestic animals so as to determine anaesthetic risk and, the most suitable anaesthetic regime for that each particular case.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of pre-anaesthetics, injectable and inhalant general anaesthetics, and analgesic drugs including their classification, properties, modifications, and contraindications in Veterinary anaesthesia as listed in the subject outline.
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the setup of anaesthetic equipment found at the Animal Health Centre, including appropriate selection of breathing circuits and gas delivery systems, so that they operate safely for both the patient and the anaesthetic personnel.
  4. Recognize Anaesthetic Emergencies, demonstrate the ability to respond appropriately and implement steps to reduce their occurrence. Some basic critical care protocols used in the care of the critical patient will be expected knowledge of the student.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of surgical instruments, gowns and drapes and suture material and needles used in veterinary surgery.
  6. Demonstrate a working knowledge of how to aseptically prepare a surgical theatre for a number of surgical procedures, including: autoclaving pack preparation, pre-surgical setup, surgical protocol, and other care of surgical equipment.
  7. Demonstrate a working knowledge of how to aseptically prepare a patient for surgery, as well as maintain sterility during the procedure.

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