Avian Anaesthesia & Analgesia
Avian practice requires the frequent use of analgesia and anaesthesia to better manage patients and achieve good outcomes.
Yet many veterinarians are uncomfortable with, and nervous of, avian anaesthesia. And rightly so – Brodbelt’s study, The risk of death: the Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Small Animal Fatalities, showed that avian patients are much more likely to die under anaesthesia than other species. Bob Doneley is firmly of the opinion that this higher risk is related more to how anaesthesia is managed, rather than an inherent susceptibility to death.
The management of pain in avian patients is another area of concern. As a ‘prey species’, birds are masters at concealing signs of pain from potential predators. As with other species though, pain has a detrimental effect on patient morbidity and mortality. Veterinary clinicians have both moral and clinical reasons to both recognise signs of pain and treat it effectively.
This course aims to provide practitioners with the information needed to better understand the requirements for the successful management of avian anaesthesia, to recognise signs of pain in their patients, and how to deal with it.
Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.
By completing this course, participants should be able to:
- Understand avian anatomy and physiology as it relates to the effects of anaesthesia
- Be able to recognise signs of pain and develop an effective analgesic plan to manage it
- Understand the risks involved in avian anaesthesia and how to best prevent or minimise these risks
- Develop an anaesthesia plan for an avian patient.
|Recent Grad / Part-time Member||$303|
|Non-member / eMember||$607|