Course Discounted Until September 15, 2021

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 $199.00, to $179.00 until September 15, 2021.


RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 18 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians 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: Medical; Delivery Method: Interactive Distance; Program Number 743251.

VetMedTeam is approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

VetMedTeam is approved as a Florida state sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians. The Florida Medical Board does not recognize technicians and therefore only addresses veterinarian CE requirements.


Flexible Open Enrollment and the Activity Requirements

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. Students can expect to be able to access their course with 48 hours of enrollment submission.

The participant is not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures. The instructor will respond to an assignment submission, or a forum question, within 48 hours, with extended time for holidays.

Activity Requirements:

In order to remain in the course, a student must post assignments for grading on a regular, frequent, basis. Module or final exams, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.

However, the course is not designed to take months to complete. If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded 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.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Nursing: Small Animal Anesthesia From Perioperative to Recovery provides provides an overview of anesthetic equipment and anesthetic monitoring. It looks at special techniques and examines anesthetic problems and emergencies. This course is designed for practice team members who wish to strengthen their anesthesia and analgesia knowledge and skills. Although this course carries RACE credits for technicians only, it is beneficial for veterinarians who wish to re-familiarize themselves with these core concepts.

The course contains numerous comprehension, critical thinking, and scenario-based assignments. Assignments are submitted to the instructor for grading and feedback. The focus of the course is to help the student move beyond self-study work into implementation into professional and practice protocols.

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

  • identify equipment that is used for anesthetic induction, endotracheal intubation, and anesthetic maintenance
  • list the reasons for, and advantages, of endotracheal intubation and select and prepare the appropriate endotracheal tube
  • describe the four basic anesthetic machine systems and identify the parts of each system
  • describe the basic operation of an anesthetic machine
  • outline the function and use of each component of an anesthetic machine, anesthetic masks, and anesthetic chambers
  • explain differences between a rebreathing and a non-rebreathing system with regard to equipment, gas flow, advantages, disadvantages, and indications for use
  • compare and contrast vaporizer-out-of-circuit (VOC) and vaporizer-in-circuit (VIC) vaporizers in terms of setup, use, and agents administered in each of these systems
  • explain the impact of oxygen flow rates on anesthetic concentration within the breathing circuit, changes in anesthetic depth, patient safety, and waste gas production
  • explain the advantages and disadvantages of closed and semiclosed rebreathing systems
  • identify recommended exposure limits (RELs) for waste anesthetic gases and list factors that affect waste gas levels
  • compare and contrast active and passive scavenging systems and describe the four components of a scavenging system
  • describe procedures and practices used to minimize waste gas release
  • identify hazards associated with the use of compressed gas cylinders and potent injectable agents
  • list and describe each of the classic stages and planes of anesthesia
  • list the monitoring parameters used primarily to determine whether or not the patient is safe, and group them according to whether they primarily assess circulation, oxygenation, or ventilation
  • explain and demonstrate assessment of each of the vital signs, reflexes, and other indicators of anesthetic depth
  • describe how to determine the blood pressure using a Doppler monitor, oscillometric blood pressure monitor, or arterial catheter and transducer
  • identify abnormal monitoring parameters, and list common causes
  • list normal values for each physical monitoring parameter, and identify values that should be reported to the attending veterinarian
  • explain adverse consequences of hypothermia, and identify strategies to prevent hypothermia
  • list principles of providing for patient positioning, comfort, and safety during anesthetic maintenance
  • explain cautions and risks associated with each method of anesthetic induction, and strategies to maximize patient safety
  • list factors that affect patient recovery from anesthesia, the signs of recovery, appropriate monitoring during recovery, and oxygen therapy during recovery
  • explain the difference between assisted and controlled ventilation
  • describe the techniques of manual, mechanical, periodic, and intermittent mandatory ventilation and their application to anesthesia
  • describe the differences between the two classes of neuromuscular blocking agents and outline the indications for use and associated hazards
  • list the most common reasons why anesthetic emergencies occur, including problems arising from increased patient risk, human error, equipment failure, and the adverse effects of anesthetic agents
  • explain how anesthesia of pediatric and geriatric patients differs from anesthesia of healthy adult dogs and cats
  • describe the problems involved in anesthetizing each of the following: obese animals, brachycephalic dogs; sighthounds; and patients affected by trauma or cardiovascular, respiratory, hepatic, or renal disease
  • list the most common causes of the following anesthetic problems: inadequate anesthetic depth, excessive anesthetic depth, pale mucous membranes, prolonged capillary refill time and hypotension
  • list common causes of and responses to the following anesthetic problems: cyanosis and dyspnea, tachycardia, apnea, respiratory arrest, abnormalities in cardiac rate and rhythm and cardiac arrest
  • explain the principles of cardiopulmonary resuscitation as recommended in the RECOVER Guidelines, including the basic life support and advanced life support
  • list the most common problems that may arise in the recovery period and the appropriate action that can be taken to prevent or treat these problems

Completion requirements:

Instructor Graded Interactive Critical Thinking and Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge via implementation focused and patient based scenarios

Course Examination: Must be submitted with a score of 80% or better, multiple attempts

Course Survey

A certificate of completion is provided.


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

...Very informative, course outlined in a way that was easy to learn. Relevant and most important information included.

...The case studies are challenging and a bit overwhelming at times, but I like it because it makes think fully about each step of a procedure.

...Mary Ellen Goldberg was the best part of this course. I think you have the perfect instructor for this course. You can tell she puts time and effort into making sure everyone is successful.

...I enjoyed the case studies. It allowed me to put into practice what I was reading/learning. I also collaborated with one of my doctors for some of them, which was nice.

...I like that the questions asked referred to what you do now in the hospital you are at. It makes you think about what you do as a hospital and maybe what you should be doing more to improve upon the protocols.

...Case studies provided real life applications of my knowledge or lack there of. They allowed me to work through the problem, as I would as the anesthetist.


Course Instructor

Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia), VTS (Clinical Practice-Exotic Companion Animal)Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia), VTS (Clinical Practice-Exotic Companion Animal)

Jody Nugent-Deal is a Registered Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia and in Clinical Practice - Exotic Companion Animal. Jody has worked for the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 1999, working in the Companion Exotics Department for 10 years and currently the Small Animal Anesthesia Department where she is the supervisor.

She is a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and is the executive secretary for the group as well as the appeals committee chair. Jody is an active member with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia having served on the nominations, credentials and appeals committees. Jody is currently a Member At Large for the AVTAA. Jody also serves on the board for CaRVTA.

She has lectured throughout North America since 2000 on anesthesia and various exotic animal topics. Jody has published numerous articles and book chapters for both canine/feline and exotic animal medicine and anesthesia topics. Jody is an instructor for both VSPN and VetMedTeam and she has a special interest in anesthesia, analgesia, pain management and critical care in exotics and dogs and cats.

In Jody's spare time, she loves to read, visit the ocean, run, road and mountain bike.



Price: $179.00 USD

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 $199.00, to $179.00 until September 15, 2021.

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