(EU Module 20) Laboratory animal anaesthesia for minor procedures

This course provides an introduction to laboratory animal anaesthesia, to the level required to meet the learning objectives in EU Module 20.

During parts of this training you will be given the role of a new personal licence holder and will be taken through a training placement at a research facility.

You will learn which methods of anaesthesia are suitable for use when performing brief, relatively non-invasive procedures, or uncomplicated terminal (non-recovery) techniques in laboratory animals. 

Anaesthetising animals for more invasive or complex procedures requires completion of additional, more advanced training and this is provided in EU Module 21.

An Introduction to Anaesthesia

Section Guide

What does the Oxford English dictionary define anaesthesia as?

For what reasons may you need to anaesthetise an animal?

Why is it important to get it right?

What are the 3Rs?

Is anaesthesia safe for the animal?

Preparing for Anaesthesia

Section Guide

Which of these animals should have food and water withheld (fasted) before anaesthesia?

Can animals be anaesthetised as soon as they arrive in the animal unit?

What types of anaesthesia are there?

The three components of general anaesthesia are sometimes called what?

Advantages and disadvantages of choosing an injectable or inhalational anaesthetic agent

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It is easy to change the depth of anaesthesia when using
an injectable anaesthetic agent.
Specialist equipment is not required when using
an inhalation anaesthetic agent.
When using an injectable anaesthetic agent
induction of anaesthesia is usually smooth and rapid.
When using an inhalation anaesthetic agent
multiple animals can be anaesthetised at the same time.

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