Anaesthesia & Pain Management

The anaesthesia and pain management service provides the highest standard of anaesthesia and peri-operative medicine for small animal, equine and exotic patients under our care.

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Anaesthesia is the practice of administering medication to minimise discomfort and distress for your pet who may be undergoing a procedure. Anaesthesia may be required during your animal's treatment in the hospital for a variety of reasons including undergoing surgery or diagnostic procedures.

What makes us unique

The anaesthesia and pain management service provides the highest standard of anaesthesia and peri-operative medicine for small animal, equine and exotic patients under our care.

Our service comprises of highly qualified and experienced anaesthetists and pain management experts, residents in training, and anaesthesia specific nurses. All other service areas can access the expertise in our team.

The department is equipped with facilities like what would be found in a human hospital to ensure anaesthesia can be provided for all anaesthetic procedures from the routine to the most complex. We have full monitoring facilities for every patient, and more advanced facilities such as blood gas analysis, ventilation, gas analysers, transthoracic pacing, and blood transfusion to allow us to facilitate advanced procedures.

Services we offer

We offer a range of anaesthesia and pain management related services, including:

  • Anaesthetist lead patient centred care
  • Individualised peri-anaesthetic management
  • Multimodal anaesthesia and pain management including loco-regional techniques
  • Anaesthetist lead care during the recovery period
  • Part of a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to patient management within the hospital including critical care
  • Practical advice to general practitioners on anaesthesia, analgesia, sedation and peri-operative medicine
  • External consultancy.

Our dedicated Anaesthesia and Pain Management team are able to coordinate with our other specialist services all of whom can assist in providing the best comprehensive care to make the best decisions for you and your pet.

Facilities

  • Full vital monitoring including ECG, capnography, pulse oximetry, blood pressure
  • Blood gas analysis to assess oxygenation and respiration more precisely mainly in the critically ill patient as well as the equine patient
  • Gas bench monitor to tailor precisely the level of anaesthetic needed
  • Ventilator to help patient breathing
  • Pain relief including a wide variety of drugs and techniques (e.g. local anaesthetic blocks) to ensure that patients are comfortable throughout their hospital stay.

Research and teaching

Alongside the provision of a clinical service, the department is active in both clinical research and teaching. We supervise veterinary students rotating through anaesthesia as part of our innovative final year curriculum. Several clinical research studies are also conducted within the department which aim to improve patient care, and impact upon anaesthesia practice across the profession. You may be asked for consent for your animal to be involved in one of these trials when you come to the hospital, and the clinician in charge would be happy to give you further information.

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