Equine Practical Anaesthesia and Pain Management

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3rd February - 10th March 2022

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Online Thursday Nights 7:30pm (QLD time)

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Horses are certainly in a class of their own, it takes a great amount of knowledge and experience to care for these animals. Their large size and athleticism means that  horses also have a higher morbidity and mortality rate for general anaesthesia in comparison to cats and dogs.

Join us for six weeks, all about horse anaesthesia and pain management. Learn the top tips and tricks you can only get from experience and hundreds of cases.

Do you struggle with…

  • Confidence in how to effectively run a field anaesthetic?
  • Knowing what drugs are best for standing sedations?
  • How to manage foal anaesthesia and pain relief?

What if you had the opportunity to learn the top equine practical tips to help you with your next anaesthesia case?

Each week a new topic will be reviewed. Learn the current and practical approach to your next horse case. Having a greater understanding of how to approach an anaesthetic, standing sedation, pain management or even field anaesthesia will help you to be flexible with your protocol and benefit more patients. You’ll be able to ask your burning questions, seek clarification and even share a case that didn’t go to plan. Join us live online for an interactive course that’s more than just a talking head.

  • Flipped classroom

  • Live and online

  • Practical and interactive

What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Pharmacology & Physiology
  • Approach to Standing Sedation & Pain Management
  • Field Anaesthesia
  • Foal Anaesthesia
Develop your skills in :
  • Practical approach to managing standing sedations
  • Effective management of field anaesthesia
  • The selection of appropriate anaesthesia and analgesia drugs for a variety of cases
  • Anatomy and physiology

Course Schedule

Week 1 – Back to School

An understanding of pharmacology and physiology is a must for safe anaesthesia and analgesia of the equine patient. This session will revise the pharmacology of those drugs used daily in equine anaesthesia and their physiological effects.

Week 2 – Approach to Standing Sedation & Pain Management

When a procedure can be done standing, you want to be sure your sedation and pain management will be effective and keep everyone safe. Learn some of the best practical approaches to help your patient and get the most out of the drugs available.

Week 3 – Field & Inhalant Anaesthesia

From lumpectomies to wound management, performing anaesthesia in the field can benefit both the horse and its owner. Explore the different drug combinations for effective field and inhalant anaesthesia, and learn about contraindications and side effects to help you manage your patients.

Week 4 – Foal Anaesthesia

Foal anaesthesia can be challenging, and the overall relative risk depends on the foal’s age and the associated procedure. Foals pose a unique challenge because they are physiologically different from the mature horse and from other neonatal animals. Gain the knowledge and top tips to safely sedate and anaesthetise foals in your practice.

Week 5 – Epidurals

Whether in the field or in the clinic, an epidural is a common method of pain relief. Epidurals have a wide range of applications, from dystocia to uterine prolapse, surgery of the rectum, vagina, perineum and/or bladder/urethra, as well as pain control for lameness. Gain practical tips and tricks to help you deliver effective epidurals.

Week 6 – Donkey and Mule Anaesthesia & Sedation

Don’t be fooled by their similar appearance, mules and donkeys are different to horses and ponies. Awareness of the anatomical, pharmacological and physiological differences in these equids can make sedation and anaesthesia safer and less stressful for the patient and the anaesthetist. Join us and learn how you need to modify your approach to these valued work animals. Find out their different drug requirements and management needs when anaesthetising and recovering donkeys and mules.



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Dr Joanne Rainger

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Qualifications: BVSc BSc (Vet) PhD FANZCVS, Dip Clin Studies

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Specialisation: Specialist Veterinary Anaesthetist

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After the completion of her residency in veterinary anaesthesia and critical care, Joanne worked as a veterinary registrar at the UVTHC until October 2012. Dr Rainger is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in veterinary anaesthesia and critical care and has recently attained her Specialist qualifications in Veterinary Anaesthesia by examination with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.
Dr Rainger’s areas of interest include equine and ruminant anaesthesia.

Your Questions Answered

Are the online courses recorded?

Yes! Each live session is recorded, and the recordings are shared to each participant in a folder link. Registrants will have access to all the recordings for 30 days after the completion of the course.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What happens if the course is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund.

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss group discounts.

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

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 50% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

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

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

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