Anaesthesia & Analgesia for Veterinarians: On Demand

6 months access


Fully flexible delivery

14 CPD points


Certificate on completion

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This 7-module online course digs deeply into small animal anaesthesia for veterinarians in general practice.

Most GP vets are used to keeping one eye on the monitors while they perform surgery, and few of us have at the luxury of a dedicated anaesthetic technician.

This course is designed to give you both the refresher you’d like and the extension you need to lead the veterinary care team through small animal anaesthesia, from healthy-normal patients to those with serious issues.

Small animal anaesthesia in general practice

  • Approaching higher-risk patients
  • Tailoring premeds, analgesia & anaesthesia agents to every patient
  • Multimodal pain management within the GP setting
  • Using the monitors you already have (& some you might like)
  • Drug interactions, side effects & troubleshooting

Veterinary anaesthesia through flexible learning

This flexible online learning course was recorded by Dr Margie McEwen in 2022. Margie is a board certified anaesthesiologist, but she also spent 9 years in small and mixed veterinary practice. She understands GP medicine and the variations in staffing, equipment and other resources in practice. The material in this course is divided into 7 distinct modules so you can cherry pick your favourite topic, or find useful resources ahead of a looming case.






Veterinary anaesthesia training online

  • Board certified anaesthesiologist educator with GP experience
  • Built specifically for GP vets
  • Logical modular course structure
  • 24/7 access to course library
  • 6 months access
  • Study when you want to
  • Replay, pause & rewind as you need 
  • Download references & articles 
  • CPD certificate with 14 CPD points


Module 1 – Opioids

Pain management in clinical practice can be both challenging and rewarding. As veterinarians, we have a professional and ethical duty to protect our patients from pain. This module describes how you can make informed analgesia choices for your patients using medications found in most general practices.

Module 2 – Constant rate infusions

The constant rate infusion (CRI) may be used to deliver combinations of sedatives, analgesics and induction drugs to veterinary patients during the perianaesthetic period. This module is a great one to extend your pain management approach past the once-size-fits-all recipe, emphasising that pain management should be multi-modal and balanced. Preemptive pain control is even more important.

Module 3 – Paediatrics

During anaesthesia, our goal is to safely guide the neonate or paediatric patient through the immediate procedure and simultaneously protect their long-term health. This module describes how the very young patient differs to their mature counterparts, and how to make informed choices with the long game in mind.

Module 4 – Monitoring

There is irrefutable evidence that outcomes are improved and life is preserved when we use appropriate monitoring equipment, personnel and anaesthetic recording. This module describes the use and interpretation of a range of monitoring equipment, and acknowledges that it is possible to monitor and manage anaesthetised patients without specialised equipment. Aim high and achieve best practice wherever possible. We owe it to our patients and their owners.

Module 5 – Brachycephalic anaesthesia

According to the Australian Kennel Club, the French bulldog was the 3rd-most popular dog in Australia during 2019. This trend is reflected elsewhere, and we must be prepared to treat these dogs in routine practice. It is our duty to be well informed about brachycephalic anatomy and the principles of best practice when we have to sedate, anaesthetise and recover these breeds. In this module, we present specific brachycephalic considerations and risk reduction strategies for use in general practice.  

Module 6 – Feline anaesthesia

“Cats are not small dogs.” How many times have you heard that phrase? It’s true that to achieve the best consistent anaesthesia and pain management outcomes for feline patients, you must employ appropriate handling and have an understanding of their unique anatomy and physiology. This module considers feline anaesthesia and pain management in the context of cat-specific outcomes and their unique risk factors.

Module 7 – Geriatric anaesthesia

Geriatric dogs and cats are at a higher risk for complications compared with younger animals. The good news is that the risk of complications can be minimised, providing age-related changes in physiology and underlying disease processes are understood. Unfortunately, there is no “ideal” anaesthetic or analgesic plan for all geriatric animals. Instead, this module highlights the physiological pitfalls of the geriatric patient, and offers solutions towards the safe approach to geriatric anaesthesia.



Seven modules of flexible online learning & a $497 investment in your CPD​


Practical & safe anaesthesia for veterinary clinics of all types 


Prioritise patient safety, animal welfare & your confidence in anaesthesia

Your Educator

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Dr Margie McEwen

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Qualifications: BVSc DACVAA MANZCVS

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Specialisation: Board certified anaesthesiologist

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Margie is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Many vets and nurses will agree that Margie’s warmth and her willingness to share her clinical and academic experience have been instrumental in their careers. Margie maintains, however, that it was her years in private practice rather than her academic accolades which keep her tuned in to the reality of veterinary medicine. Margie continues to teach anaesthesia and analgesia into VetPrac’s hands-on workshops and online courses, as she continues her mission for lifelong learning.


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Your Questions Answered

What is “On Demand”?

We created the On Demand series because you asked us for longer course access. The veterinary industry can throw busy times at us, and we received more and more requests from individuals who needed more time to complete their online courses. We think 6 months is the sweet spot – you have plenty of time to work through your CPD, and we can regularly review and update the content to make sure the course stays relevant. You can revisit the materials as often as you wish.

How and when do I access learning materials?

We use a one-stop learning platform for our web-based courses. It’s intuitive, simple and easy to navigate, and we’ll email login details to you as soon as your purchase is confirmed. You can access notes, recordings and resources any time of day or night via your personalised course library. You don’t have to watch a whole video in one sitting, and you’re in complete control. 

How long is course access open?

24/7 access is available for 6 months via your course library, starting on your purchase date. For example, if you sign up on July 1st, your access will be open until January 1st the following year. We’ve chosen 6 months because veterinary medicine moves fast and our goal is to provide up to date learning materials to the VetPrac community. The education team will assess, review and update the course at the end of the subscription period. This way, we know we’re offering only current and relevant information. 

What happens when time runs out?
At the end of 6 months, your subscription will end. You’ll still be able to log in to your course library, but the on-demand course you’ve completed will disappear from the list of courses available to you. We will email you at the end of your access period, so you can download any resources you need for future use.
What kind of learning materials are included?
Each course is different but they all include video presentations recorded live during our most popular online courses and webinars. Our educators also provide a variety of other resources, so you can expect images, diagrams, course notes, slide presentations, journal articles, links to further reading, and more.
Is there learning support available?
Of course! We’ll stay in touch with a monthly email to check in with you, and share important information with you. We’ll also remind you when your access is about to finish. If you need a hand (or if you just want to chat) our online learning team is available via email [email protected] or on 0491 943 260.
Are there assessments to complete?
Yes, but they’re not mandatory. At the end of the course there will be multiple-choice questions available through the learning platform. You’ll need to pass these to receive your CPD certificate.
Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

You certainly can! Each registration you will receive a CPD certificate with your points. All you need to do is complete the quiz questions at the end of the course. We’ll generate your certificate and email it to you.

Can I extend access beyond 6 months?
In most cases, yes, we can arrange this for you. It depends on recent developments in the field and whether our educators feel the information in the course is current and up to date. Some clinical areas are undergoing rapid change – we’re happy to chat about this towards the end of your subscription.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.