Local Nerve Blocks

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23rd July to 24th July 2022

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University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

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CPD Value: NSW CPD points: 25.5
Other states CPD points: 18.5
VetEd CPD points: 25.5

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With today’s increasingly complex surgeries, the spotlight is also on providing sufficient anaesthesia to relieve animal pain and suffering. Managing pain can be difficult at times and there has been corresponding improvement in drugs, equipment and techniques. Whilst local nerve blocks have been used for many years with great success in the human world, the veterinary world can now benefit from the growth and knowledge in this field.

With our hands on practicals and up to date information, you will have the confidence to start providing high quality and cost-effective pain management for many cases. You can use local anaesthetic blocks in both forelimb and hindlimb orthopaedic procedures, and other procedures as well, and there are numerous advantages for your patients in clinical practice.

Do you struggle with…

  • Maintaining stable anaesthetics for orthopaedic cases?
  • Smooth recovery with adequate analgesia?
  • Local nerve block anatomy?
  • Ultrasound guided local block?

What if there was a way you could refresh your current knowledge and build up your skills in local nerve blocks to assist your patients through painful surgeries?

Through this two-day workshop you will not only have the opportunity to learn, develop and practice your skills around local nerve blocks but also be surrounded by three amazing educators who specialise in their field. You will develop knowledge in anatomical landmarks and ultrasound identification of nerves. Gain confidence in your approach to nerve stimulation, procedures for drug administration and more. Plus, you’ll be putting all of this into practice with our wet lab practicals using quality instrumentation while surrounded by the support and knowledge that comes from years of experience. Bring the best skills back to your patients.






What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Nerve location
Develop your skills in :
  • Identification of nerves
  • Ultrasound guided drug administration
  • Pharmacology and toxicology of local anaesthetic
  • Anatomical landmarks and possible complications
  • Electrolocation of peripheral nerves

Workshop Schedule

Your Educators

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Dr Fernando Martinez Taboada

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Qualifications: DVM CertVA PGCert(Biostats) Dip-ECVAA MRCVS

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Specialisation: Anaesthesia and Analgesia

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Fernando graduated from the University of Madrid. After a period in practice both in Spain and the UK he completed an internship and then a residency in anaesthesia at the University of Bristol. Following this he was clinical anaesthetist at the University of Cambridge and a locum anaesthetist at various referral hospitals in the UK. In 2011, he lead the anaesthesia and analgesia services at North Downs Specialist Referrals and in 2016 at Wear Referrals. Between 2015 and 2016, he was clinical specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the University of Sydney. Fernando has been a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, at the University of Sydney since 2017.

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Alex Philp

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Qualifications: Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, VTS anaesthesia & analgesia

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Specialisation: Veterinary Nurse – Anaesthesia

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Alexander has been a qualified nurse since 2015 and worked in a 24-hour emergency clinic before moving to University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney (UVTHS) to work in their anaesthesia department. After years of honing his skills including anaesthetic planning and management, in depth understanding of analgesia, and extensive experience performing nerve stimulated and ultrasound guided local/regional anaesthetic techniques, he is now a VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia) member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVTAA).

Dr Donna White

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Qualifications: BVSc (Hons), MVS, MANZCVS

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Specialisation: Anaesthesia and Critical Care

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Donna completed her veterinary degree at Sydney University. She spent several years working as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian in Australia, UK and Canada. Donna then followed her passion for pain management by undertaking speciality training in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at Sydney University. Since completing her training in 2018, Donna has worked in several private referral hospitals in Sydney, and is co-director of the Sydney Animal Pain Clinic. The SAPC is a chronic pain clinic with treatments based around ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia interventional pain management.

What our participants say…

A good paced, thoughtfully constructed workshop. Intimate enough to allow sufficient 1:2 instruction between educators and attendees

Dr Liia Kelman

Formative workshop which incorporates evidence-based locoregional rational and practical applications. Very supportive and collaborative workshop.

Evelyn Russo - B Vet Tech

So much valuable information from leaders in their field, you can’t help but learn in this environment. Weekend action packed with knowledge, I can’t wait to take back to my patients.

Dr Jo Beckett

A practical & comprehensive workshop on a really useful area. The lecturer & educators were excellent; really encouraging, patient & accessible. Would highly recommend it.


Your Questions Answered

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 come?

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.

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 if I can’t attend because of COVID-19 border restrictions?

If a workshop is postponed, cannot run or you are unable to attend due to borders
closing, or travel restrictions, you can do one of the following:
1. Attend the workshop's new date
2. Transfer your registration to another workshop or course
3. Leave your registration as a credit for a future VetPrac workshop
4. Receive a refund

What happens if I receive a positive COVID-19 test in the 7 days prior to a workshop?



If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result in the 7 days prior to a workshop, contact us and send your test results through and;

  1. You can transfer directly into other VetPrac workshop/s or course/s to the same value
  2. You can substitute by sending another attendee in your place
  3. You can receive a credit for use on any VetPrac workshop/s or course/s to the same value.



What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund. However, VetPrac will not be responsible for any travel, accommodation or any other expenses incurred by you. If on-campus accommodation is organised by VetPrac, the cost of this accommodation will be forfeited.

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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