Reduced Enrollment Fee Until February 20, 2024

To support our members as they seek to meet licensing CE requirements, as well as increase their skills and knowledge, VetMedTeam is discounting the course fee, normally $220.00, to $187.00 until February 20, 2024.

Anesthesia is a core component of veterinary practice, allowing patients to undergo procedures ranging from a castration to cruciate repair. For some clinicians and veterinary technicians, the anesthesia portion of medical care is not without concern. Good anesthesia protocols consist of both core and ongoing education, as well as hands-on experience.

VetMedTeam offers two vet level courses designed to help students increase anesthesia skills via knowledge and implementation based assignments, with grading and feedback from our board certified instructor.


RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 18 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

RACE Subject Category: Scientific; Delivery Method: Interactive Distance; Program Number 752417.

This course requires employment at a practice to complete one or more assignments. .


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

The format of this course is asynchronous interactive distance medical. New students may enroll at any time.

Veterinary Medicine: Small Animal Advanced Anesthesia Part Two, although at an advanced veterinary level, it is appropriate for technicians seeking higher level training. While the course may refer to tasks that are only within the scope of the veterinarian, the content and assignments are within the realm of team members with strong foundational training and experience.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate and develop a safe anesthetic protocol with sedatives, tranquilizers and anticholinergics for cardiovascular patients
  • evaluate sedatives and tranquilizers for patients with respiratory disease and develop specific anesthetic protocols for patients with upper airway dysfunction and/or with lower airway dysfunction
  • facilitate mechanical ventilation for patients with lower airway dysfunction
  • evaluate sedatives, tranquilizers and analgesics for patients with neurological disease and identify neuromuscular blocking agents
  • develop anesthetic protocols for patients undergoing specific neurological diagnostic procedures
  • manage seizures perioperatively in patients with neurological disease
  • identify disorders of the adrenal gland, pancreas, parathyroid and thyroid glands and develop anesthetic protocols to manage
  • discuss renal physiology and pathophysiology, determine the effects of anesthesia on the renal system and develop anesthetic protocols for patients with renal disease
  • identify the effects of drugs on the liver and develop safe anesthetic and analgesic protocols for patients with liver dysfunction
  • evaluate candidates that are a high anesthetic risk
  • identify cardiovascular emergencies, potential allergic drug reactions and acute abnormalities
  • establish protocols for CPR
  • assess equipment malfunction
  • assess patients with delayed anesthetic recoveries including identifying and treating hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • prepare for anesthetic injuries

Completion requirements:

Instructor Graded Critical Thinking and Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge

Comprehension Quizzes: Must be submitted with a score of 80% or better, multiple attempts

Course Survey

A certificate of completion is provided.


How Does the Enrollment Process Work?

This course is designed to be as schedule friendly as possible as we understand it can be hard to fit interactive CE into an already busy life. Open enrollment allows students to enroll in this course at any time.

Once the course payment transaction has been submitted, we will receive a notification of enrollment. In addition, the student will be sent a couple of "heads up" emails. The payment receipt will be sent to the email address designated in the payment page of the shopping cart, by the person who paid.

There is a post-payment manual process we must complete in order to add the new student to the course.

Completing enrollments as quickly as possible is a priority but it can take a full 24 hours, especially on weekends and holidays. Once fully enrolled. the student will be sent a course welcome email containing important information, including how to access and log into the course.


Activity Requirements

Students are not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures.

In order to remain active in the course, a student must post assignments on a regular basis. Module or final exams, reading or viewing training materials, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. Assignments are course activites that require submission to the instructor for review, grading (pass/fail) and feedback. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.

If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded out as incomplete, as the lack of activity will indicate the student wishes to drop the course.

But What If Something Comes Up?:

There are times that students will have situations that interfere with their ability to work the course on a regular basis. In that case an email to VetMedTeam, as soon as such a situation arises, will allow us to work with the student to adjust the time frame. It all comes down to communication.


Technology Requirements

Reading content within the course is provided via PDF therefore the ability to download files and open PDFs is required.

It is recommended that participants utilize a program such as MS Word to create, and save, their assignment submission to their computer. Then the information can be pasted into the assignment submission area.


Participant Feedback

When asked what aspects of the course liked best some responses were:

...I like the multi-modal approach to learning with a variety of assignments that invoke not only rote memorization of the references but also requires application through critical thinking on many of the assignments.

...I liked the assignment of creating a CPR flow chart as it is very useful at my hospital. It is a great visual teaching aid for coworkers that helps them to prepare for and assist in emergencies.

...Just like the Small Animal Anesthesia Part One course, I also found this course to be really beneficial. I liked everything- the reading, critical thinking, and case study assignments. Doing all that work was worth it because it forced me to go back and re-read the chapter I just read. I'm glad I did both courses!

...I have learned so much in part 1 and2 Advancing anesthetic protocols and procedures. There is so much information (much of which is not taught in order to qualify as an RVN) I am pleased that it has highlighted areas on which to improve both personally and in practice and I intend on using my new acquired knowledge to make improvements at my work place.

...It is helpful to have the different systems and diseases that we can face with anesthesia lined out so that I am able to understand what I face every day in practice. This section of the course got more into what I see and deal with on a daily basis working with specialists and in emergency medicine.

...Doing our own anesthetic protocol and have someone to comment or add something about it is the best part of this course. My confidence level in dealing with anesthesia is through the roof.

...I can ask questions of my instructor to clarify ambiguous situations. My instructor actually reads my answers and questions and answers them

...All of it. Very well rounded course for advanced Anesthetists. I find most CEs begin with the basics, which i am sick of hearing every day. This dove right into the complex applications I needed!

...I loved learning about the cardiac anesthesia and emergency anesthesia. Those two concepts will be beneficial in practic.e


Course Instructor

Kris Kruse-Elliott, DVM, PhD, DACVAAKris Kruse-Elliott, DVM, PhD, DACVAA

Dr. Kruse received her DVM from Oregon State University in 1984. The following year was spent in mixed animal practice in Seattle, WA before moving on to advanced specialty training in anesthesiology. She completed her anesthesia residency at North Carolina State University from 1985-1988, becoming board certified and
a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 1989. Dr. Kruse received her PhD in pulmonary physiology from North Carolina State University in 1992 and joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison the same year. Dr. Kruse was a member of the UW faculty for 15 years and then she moved to California with her husband and their various bird and cat family members.

Since 2006 she has worked as an anesthesiologist in private specialty practice and is currently the anesthesiologist for Sage Veterinary Centers in the San Francisco Bay area and AnimalScan MRI Centers. She also consults on anesthesia and analgesia
in a wide variety of species in private practice and research settings and is a frequent speaker at continuing education events. Dr. Kruse is currently the President of the newly formed North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society (NAVAS). In her spare time she can be found outdoors biking, hiking, and most especially skiing down whatever slopes she can find.



Price: $187.00 USD

Reduced enrollment fee until February 20, 2024

Practices may enroll individual team members. To learn how to assign a specific team member to a course, please visit the Assigning Students page.

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