10314 - Veterinary Anaesthesiology

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course by a theoretical and practical training, the student will possess the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to conduct on-site regional and general anesthesia on pets, on non-conventional and most common of the wild ones (in the territory), necessary for minor and mayor  surgery and clinical procedures. The Student will have the  necessary skills to use  the basic equipment for anesthesia monitoring care and expertise to address the most frequent states of emergency and to implement the practices of resuscitation anesthesiology.

Course contents

General considerations, patient monitoring and clinical measurement; introduction to general anaesthesia, priciples of sedation, analgesia and premedication; general pharmacology of intravenous and inhalation anaesthetic agents; relaxion of the skeletal muscles during anaesthesia, oro-tracheal intubation of different species; artificial vetilation of the lungs, apparatus for the admoinistration of anaesthetics. General principles of local analgesia and anaesthesia. Local anasthesias of different species. Anaesthesia of species.

General considerations, monitoring and clinical evaluations of the patient, introduction to general anesthesia, principles of sedation, analgesia and premedication; general concepts of pharmacology of injectable and inhalation anesthetics, muscle relaxation during anesthesia, artificial ventilation, equipment for the administration of anesthesia.

General principles of analgesia and local anesthesia. Local anesthesia in the different species. Species anesthesia.

The student will take part in practical teaching lessons alternately in classrooms, surgical rooms, clinics, laboratories, for which appropriate clothing is required - jacket and trousers or shirts.

The Student will also be equipped with disposable latex boots, headsets, masks and gloves for activities that require such aids.


ANESTESIA E ANALGESIA Cane Gatto Animali Esotici - C.Seymour, R.Gleed; Utet, Torino, 2003;

Dolore e Analgesia negli Animali - D. Fonda, Point Veterinaire Italie, 2009;

Lumb & Jone's VETERINARY ANESTHESIA - J.C.Thurmon, W.J.Tranquilli, G.J. Benson; 4th Ed.; Blackwell Science Publ., Baltimora, 2014;

Veterinary Anaesthesia - Clarke KW, Trim CM, Hall LW, 11° Ed. Saunders Elsevier, 2014;

Lumb & Jone's VETERINARY ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA- K.A. Grimm,L.A. Lamont, W.J.Tranquilli, S.A. Green, S.A. Robertson; 5th Ed.; Wiley Blackwell, 2015.


Teaching methods

The student has in advance of the lecture on the topics of the program. During the academic lessons arguments are exposed in depth and interactive, agreeing actions and clarification requests. During the exercises the topics covered are repeated in practice during the activities of the operating room.

The student has in advance the handouts relating to the program topics. During the lectures, the topics are exposed in an in-depth and interactive way (compatibly with the health situation, in presence or streaming mode), consenting to requests and clarifications. During the exercises, the topics already covered are repeated in practice, during the operating room activity, practical activity on animal carcasses, practical activity on devices and equipment related to the matter. 

Assessment methods

The exam will take place at the end of the course and will focus on the evaluation of the main teaching objectives such as:


- Knowledge of general considerations and clinical evaluations of the anesthesiological patient (companion animal, production animal, unconventional animal);

- Knowledge of the correct terms and methods for the administration, in the animal, of anesthetic drugs, the choice and management of the appropriate anesthesiological protocol, the monitoring, the appropriate therapy to deal with anesthesia-related complications and emergencies;

- General knowledge of inhalation anesthesia methods and equipment useful for their management in the various animal species;

- Knowledge of general principles of analgesia and loco / regional anesthesia. Local anesthesia in the different species.


The verification takes place colloquially during the practical exercises and with oral and practical verification during the exam, based on the program of the last year of the course, regardless of the year of attendance of the candidate.

The exam focuses on 3 questions, basically of "General Anesthesia", "Local / Regional Anesthesia" and "Demonstration of Practical Skills in the Manual Procedures necessary for the Management of the anesthesiological patient".

The exam sessions are proposed within the appropriate site, both for current students and for students not attending the course, throughout the Academic Year.

It is essential that the Student knows the notions deriving from the courses of the previous years, with particular attention to the specific preparatory aspects.

The final record of the INTEGRATED COURSE of "SEMEIOTICS, SURGICAL PATHOLOGY, ANESTHESIOLOGY AND VETERINARY OPERATIVE MEDICINE" comes from the Weighted Average of the marks of the individual exams of the Course.

The undersigned, as Head of the Integrated Course, records the exam; therefore the Candidate is invited to contact me by email, possibly communicating the dates of the individual exam tests.

Teaching tools

Lecture notes provided by the teacher. Sureferies and operating rooms of the veterinary teaching hospital

Anesthesiological cases managed in the facilities of the University Veterinary Hospital (clinics, operating rooms);

Anesthesia Service Equipment and Materials;

Material available on the Veterinary Teaching Portal;

Iconographic material provided by the teacher.

Office hours

See the website of Monika Joechler