Anaesthesia is a critical component of the majority of zoo and exotic animal medicine, being required for basic work ups, physical examination as well as major surgery. Over the last decade there have been huge advances in the field of zoo and exotic animal anaesthesia combined with developments in the equipment available for our patients. This course has been designed for veterinarians in practice, working with a wide range of zoo and exotic patients, wishing to gain a higher level of expertise in ensuring best current practice in zoo and exotic anaesthesia.
The course provides examples of current practice for the major taxonomic groups, ranging from invertebrates through to the mammalian megafauna. It includes discussions of the agents available for anaesthesia of the specific groups, taxonomic specific considerations, equipment choice and selection including circuits as well as monitoring equipment, challenges of field anaesthesia, understanding human error and management in the anaesthetic situation, clinical audit of anaesthetic programmes, and emergency resuscitation. Following lectures on airway management and ventilation is an extensive 3-hour wet lab inclduing Air sac breathing tube placement, Tracheotomy on rabbits, Use of V-gels (laryngeal masks), Endoscopic intubation, Retrograde intubation, Ventilation techniques and overcoming challenges, Understanding vaporisers and a Demonstration on siting darting rifle.