Anaesthesia for Nurses & Technicians: Basics & Beyond

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February 6th - March 5th, 2024

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Online Tuesday nights 7:30pm AEST

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CPD value: 10 AVNAT points


Certificate on completion


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Need some career inspiration? Meet Alexander Philp, qualified veterinary nurse and veterinary technician specialist in anaesthesia and analgesia.

Alex is a born teacher and he can spin a yarn, too. In this immensely popular five-week online course, Alex shares his clinical experience from general practice, emergency, and his current role as a veterinary technician specialist and educator in a university teaching hospital. He’ll explain veterinary anaesthesia and pain management in a way that makes sense, and he’ll empower you to fully embrace and live your career.

It starts right here.

Access to the course opens January 23rd, 2024 and expires September 5th, 2024.

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For veterinary nurses & veterinary technicians only.

Anaesthesia CE for veterinary nurses & technicians

  • Honing & owning your clinical skills
  • How to bring up new ideas
  • Anaesthesia for the patient in front of you
  • Pain management options
  • Pharmacology the easy way

Start with the basics, then go beyond

This online course is like a casual chat with a calm and capable mentor, where you get clinical development as a bonus. Alex will use a host of interesting anaesthesia topics to recap the basics, address some rumours about common medications, and put some of those niggling questions to bed. BYO questions and settle in for this thoroughly enjoyable CE experience.








Course features
  • Applied anaesthesia for general practice
  • Selecting medications with intent
  • Unwanted effects & red flags in pharmacology
  • Drug calculations on the fly
  • Why tailored patient care matters
Benefit to you & your patients
  • Understand why things happen
  • How to pair your experience with your knowledge
  • Make informed choices for every patient
  • Ask the right kinds of questions
  • When to speak up

Course schedule

Bonus Module

Do you have access to different types of breathing circuits, but struggle to decide which is best for the patient in front of you? This module addresses how to select a circuit based on weight range, which circuits are best suited for what patients, and how to set them up on a standard anaesthetic machine.

Set your circuit up with confidence and the knowledge that your patient will be given the best respiratory care possible.

Module 1 – Caesarian section anaesthesia

  • The babies are coming, but you’re prepared
  • Caesarean sections – what’s best for mum and pups (or kittens)

A Caesarean section can be planned in advance, or present as a surprise, but after this module you’ll be ready for either. We’ll look at what drugs do and don’t cross the placenta, the changes a full-term pregnancy can have on the patient, and what to expect when anaesthetising a patient for a C-section.

Module 2 – Drug calculations

  • How much am I giving?
  • The difference between dose, dosage, dilutions, and volume

Whether you love mathematics or tolerate it, it is everywhere in the veterinary industry – particularly when it comes to anaesthesia. With this module, we will ease the confusion surrounding the mathematics involved with drug administration, and show you how we can use just a few formulae to figure out exactly how much of anything you need to draw up for your patient.

Module 3 – Ventilation

  • Just breathe

You should leave this module with a sigh of relief, having had the opportunity to see and understand ventilation from all angles. We’ll discuss when it’s necessary and when it might not be best, and cover what it’s doing inside our patients, including things you may not even realise. We’ll go through manual versus mechanical ventilation, with the goal that you feel comfortable approaching the ventilator for your patient, regardless of your clinical setting.

Module 4 – Blood pressure

  • Did I do that?
  • How to cope with fluctuations in blood pressure during anaesthetic

Changes in blood pressure are common under anaesthesia, but they can also be very dangerous for your patient. This module will reiterate why blood pressure is so important, and give you the tools to systematically process the problems and solutions for those hypotensive moments. We will address the many valid blood pressure treatments, but this time, we’ll do it in a way that targets the cause and provides your patients with their best chances.

Module 5 – Pain

  • It doesn’t hurt anymore, by why?
  • The various ways to help a hurting patient

This module will help create understanding of the multitude of analgesic options for all our patients, and the ability to systematically target pain at all sites on the pain pathway. This module will expose you to the knowledge and allow you to openly discuss analgesic treatment for all patient procedures and diseases as well as the power to find answers for questions you don’t even know you have, yet. We will approach the pain pathway with some pharmacology and pharmacokinetics but in a way that will make your pain assessment and treatment seamless and natural.



5 Tuesday evenings, your attention & just $447 towards your career development


Acknowledge the skills you already have, in order to get the skills you want


Plan & manage small animal anaesthesia with more skill & confidence

Your educator

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Alexander Philp

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Qualifications: Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, VTS (Anaesthesia & Analgesia)

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Alexander is the Nurse Unit Manager at UVTHS with a special interest in anaesthesia. He enjoys teaching at all levels within the veterinary profession. He is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia, and will begin the Masters program in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia through Edinburgh University in September 2023. Alexander has additional interest in research and won an award for his abstract presentation at WCVAA 2023.

Your Questions Answered

Do I need to attend specific session times?

Not at all. Of course, you can only ask questions and participate in the discussion if you attend live, but it’s not a requirement. Each live session is recorded and uploaded within 24 hours of the live timeslot. Participants have access to recording during the course and for 2 weeks afterwards.

Are there group discounts available?

Absolutely Work together, learn together, we say. If 3 or more participants register from the same clinic under the same booking, you’ll receive a 5% discount at checkout when you book on our website. For 4+ registrations, the discount increases to 10%. This isn’t valid with any other promotion.

Can I pay in instalments, or do you offer payment plans?

Under some circumstances, we can accept payment in instalments. Please email us at [email protected] for a confidential discussion.

Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

Of course! Each participant will receive a CPD certificate via email. We do this after you’ve provided feedback and completed the quiz questions at the end of the course.

What kind of learning materials are included?

All live online courses include live and recorded video presentations. Our educators also provide a variety of other resources so you can expect supporting materials like images, diagrams, course notes, slide presentations, journal articles, links to further reading, and more.

How long is course access open?

24/7 access is available for the duration of the course, and for 12 week after the last live session. You can access recordings, references and reading materials via your course library at any point during this period. We’ll remind you to download and review the course materials before the time is up.

What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If we cancel a course, we will refund your course fees. It’s a simple as that.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?

See the terms and conditions tab on our website for full details. In a nutshell, refunds are provided for cancellations made in writing up to 45 days prior to the course. Cancellations made inside 45 days incur a 30% administration fee, and cancellations made less than 7 days before a course are not refundable.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers. Call 0409 743 100 or  0411 798 165