Information about the Anesthesia Service at the KSU VHC
At the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center
we strive to provide safe and humane care to all animals that are
admitted to the hospital for diagnosis or treatment. Many surgical
or diagnostic procedures require the administration of anesthesia.
The goal of anesthesia is to allow our veterinarians to perform
those needed procedures while alleviating pain, minimizing stress
and preventing suffering for the animal using a combination of
anesthetic drugs and monitoring techniques uniquely selected for
each patient to maximize safety during every procedure. The
Anesthesia Service is committed to providing effective pain control
for each patient before, during and after surgery. The Anesthesia
Service is also integral to providing intensive care for animals
with critical illness. All of these activities occur in the
environment of a Veterinary Health Center where veterinary students in
their final year of veterinary training experience the details of
anesthetic administration, patient monitoring and pain management
under the supervision of Anesthesia faculty and staff in order to
achieve competency for veterinary practice.
What is a veterinary anesthesiologist?
Although all licensed veterinarians are qualified to administer anesthesia to their clinical patients, the KSU VHC is fortunate to have three veterinary anesthesiologists on faculty. Veterinary anesthesiologists are licensed veterinarians with an additional three years of specific anesthesia, pain management and critical care training that is undertaken after achieving their veterinary degree. Upon completion of anesthesia residency training these veterinarians are deemed specialists in veterinary anesthesia by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists (ACVA) after successful completion of a comprehensive certification examination. Successful candidates are granted Diplomate status in the ACVA.
In addition to the faculty anesthesiologists, the Anesthesia Service employs veterinary technicians. All of our technicians are Registered Veterinary Technicians. They work under the supervision of the anesthesiologists to assist in anesthesia for clinical patients as well as instruction of fourth year veterinary students in anesthetic techniques and monitoring. Our anesthesia technicians are highly skilled and have extensive clinical experience in the administration of anesthetic drugs and managing the anesthetized patient.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many clients have questions and concerns regarding anesthesia in their animal. Follow this link to review some frequently asked questions about veterinary anesthesia and what one might expect if their animal is to undergo anesthesia at the KSU VHC. Frequently Asked Questions page
Veterinary Anesthesia Links
The American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists defines the standards of anesthesia excellence for the veterinary profession, promotes advancement in veterinary anesthesia care and provides the latest in anesthesia educational programs. Only veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the ACVA are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary anesthesiology. You can find out more about the ACVA by visiting their website: http://www.acva.org
Position Paper on the Treatment of Animal Pain
Recommendations for monitoring the anesthetized veterinary patient