Handbook of Equine Anaesthesia


  • Polly Taylor, MA, VetMB, PhD, DVA, MRCVS, European Veterinary Specialist in Anaesthesia, Taylor Monroe, Gravel Head Farm, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Kathy Clarke, MA, VetMB, DVA, DVetMed, MRCVS, Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, Royal Veterinary College, UK

The Handbook of Equine Anaesthesia continues to offer sound practical guidance on all aspects of sedation and anaesthesia in horses. It covers anaesthesia in a logical way from pre-anaesthetic preparation through to induction, maintenance, monitoring and recovery; as well as highlighting any problems and special situations. This second edition now devotes a new chapter to analgesia.

As an easy reference book, it is designed for everyday use by the equine practitioner; from those who anaesthetise many horses daily under theatre conditions, to those who anaesthetise just a few a year. Moreover, Handbook of Equine Anaesthesia is useful for veterinary students, giving them a complete overview of equine anaesthesia.
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Book information

  • Published: September 2006
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-2835-9


This book is a must for all veterinary surgeons who carry out equine work. Not only does it cover all aspects of anaesthesia, but also has an excellent chapter on analgesia, sedation and premedication. To sum up, this is an excellent book, which should be read - and re-read - at every opportunity. The knowledge within will definitely stop many panic situations and, I suspect, it will save many horses'lives. (Graham Duncanson, Veterinary Times, Feb 19, 2007)

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Sedation and Premedication

Chapter 3 Intravenous Anesthesia

Chapter 4 Inhalation Anesthesia

Chapter 5 Monitoring

Chapter 6 Analgesia

Chapter 7 Anesthetic Problems

Chapter 8 Anesthesia in Special Situations

Appendix 1 European Law and the Horse as a Food Animal