Anesthesia and Analgesia for Veterinary Technicians - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780323055048, 9780323067058

Anesthesia and Analgesia for Veterinary Technicians

4th Edition

Authors: John Thomas Phillip Lerche
Paperback ISBN: 9780323055048
eBook ISBN: 9780323067058
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 9th June 2010
Page Count: 432

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Anesthesia

    History of anesthesia

    The Veterinary Technician’s Role in the Practice of Anesthesia

  2. Patient Preparation
  3. Communication—A Key to Success

    The Minimum Patient Database

    Patient History

    Physical Examination and Physical Assessment

    Preanesthetic Diagnostic Workup

    Determination of the Physical Status Classification

    Selection of the Anesthetic Protocol

    Preinduction Patient Care

    Withholding Food before Anesthesia

    Patient Stabilization

    Intravenous Catheterization

    Reasons for Intravenous Catheterization

    Choosing and Placing an Intravenous Catheter

    Fluid administration

    Composition of Body Fluids

    Fluid Homeostasis

    Fluid Needs

    Classification of IV Fluids

    IV Fluid Selection and Administration Rates

    Adverse Effects of Fluid Administration

    Calculating Fluid Administration Rates

    Other Preanesthetic Care

  4. Anesthetic Agents and Adjuncts
  5. Introduction to Anesthetic Agents and Adjuncts

    Agonists, Partial Agonists, Mixed Agonist-Antagonists, and Antagonists

    Analgesic Effects of Anesthetics and Adjuncts

    Using drugs in combination

    Regulatory Considerations for Controlled Substances

    Preanesthetic Medications

    Reasons for the use of preanesthetic medications


    Tranquilizers and Sedatives



    Opioid Antagonists

    Injectable Anesthetics



    Dissociative anesthetics




This guide to the principles of anesthesia administration in animals combines user-friendly coverage of essential information with an outstanding illustration program and improved readability. Anesthesia and Analgesia for Veterinary Technicians, 4th Edition prepares you to administer anesthesia with information on pre-anesthetic preparation of the patient, induction procedures, monitoring animals’ vital signs during the anesthetic period, and postoperative care. Expert authors John A. Thomas, DVM, and Phillip Lerche, BVSc PhD, Dipl ACVA, also include discussions of actions and side effects of anesthetic agents, the physiology of respiration, heart rate and blood pressure, emergency response, anesthetic equipment, and specialized techniques.


Key Features

  • Comprehensive scope of coverage includes both large and small animals.
  • A reading level and depth of information appropriate for the technical level.
  • Easy-to-read, user-friendly format makes this a practical guide in the classroom or in practice.
  • Objectives, key points, and review questions help reinforce learning.
  • Focus on health and safety issues satisfies OSHA requirements.
  • Step-by-step procedures boxes clarify the technician's role in anesthesia delivery.


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About the Authors

John Thomas Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Veterinary Technology, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH

Phillip Lerche Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH