Think Anaesthesia®: Providing Valuable CPD for the Veterinary Team

Think Anaesthesia

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Zoetis.

Think Anaesthesia is an educational platform provided to Australian veterinary teams by Zoetis, the manufacturer of Alfaxan®, to expand their knowledge of veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, so they can raise the standard of care they provide their patients, for improved anaesthetic outcomes. The website provides veterinary teams with easily accessible, free CPD for both vets and vet nurses that they can utilise at a time which suits them and fits in with their busy schedules. With a collection of content from both international and local sources, Think Anaesthesia offers animal health professionals an ever-growing resource to remain up to date on this critical area of veterinary practice.

Webinars and podcasts delivered by veterinary anaesthesia experts, article summaries, dosing charts, ASA classification guides and many other anaesthesia and analgesia-related tools and resources can all be found on Think Anaesthesia.  

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Managing Hypotension Flow Chart by Dr. Eleanor Drynan BVSc MANZCVS DACVAA, Specialist Veterinary Anaesthetist, WAVES WA.

This flow chart guides veterinary teams through a practical series of steps to take when a healthy ASA class I-II anesthetised patient’s blood pressure is dropping or they have become hypotensive, starting with checking anaesthetic depth, though to a fluid challenge or anticholinergic administration, then a colloid bolus and finally vasoactive drug administration, with the aim of returning the patient to normotensive status.

Pre-anaesthetic screening of geriatric dogs (Joubert, 2007)1

This article found that 30 of 101 dogs of varied breeds, aged 7 years or older, were diagnosed with previously undetected diseases following pre-anaesthetic blood screening tests and urinalyses performed prior to a variety of elective surgical procedures, most commonly dentals and lumpectomies. The most common diagnoses were neoplasia, renal disease, Cushing’s disease, hepatic disease and cardiac disease. Thirteen patients did not undergo anaesthesia as a result of the new diagnosis. The study concluded that screening of geriatric patients is important given the frequency of underlying yet unknown disease processes in this patient population.

Pre-anaesthetic screening in geriatric patients is important in relation to the impact any diseases identified may have on the animal’s ASA classification and the most appropriate anaesthetic regime for that patient, to help ensure the veterinary team can get that pet back home to its family as safely, quickly and comfortably as possible.   

The Carbon Cost of Anaesthesia and How You can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Speaker:Dr. Donna White MVS MANZCVS Dip ECVAA, Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia Specialist, Sydney Pain Clinic NSW

The carbon cost of anaesthesia is an increasingly recognised contribution to global warming. Inhalational anaesthetic agents used in veterinary practice are responsible for about 7% of a clinic’s carbon footprint. This webinar discusses practical actions of ‘reducing’ and ‘replacing’ that veterinary teams can take to make a positive change to their clinic’s environmental impact. This is the ON-DEMAND version of our last live webinar on 5th October 2023. More live webinars are coming soon to Think Anaesthesia, so stay tuned!

You can find the website, with the aforementioned resources, plus many more, with even more still to come at

1. Joubert KE. Pre-anaesthetic screening of geriatric dogs. J S Afr Vet Assoc 2007;78(1):31-35

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