Local Nerve Blocks

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19th June to 20th June 2021

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University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

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CDP Value: NSW CPD points: 27.5
Other states CPD points: 19.5
VetEd CPD points: 27.5

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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
You will develop 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 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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Dr Luiz Santos

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Qualifications: DVM MSc MANZCVS DACVAA

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Specialisation: Anaesthesia and Analgesia

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Dr. Santos completed an anaesthesia internship (Louisiana State University) and residency training in Anaesthesia and Pain Management at Cornell University culminating in 2012 with his certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA). He has worked at the University at Pennsylvania USA (New Bolton Center) as a Research Associate and Clinical Instructor and was appointed in 2012 to the position of Registrar in Veterinary Anaesthesia at Murdoch University. Dr. Santos joined The University of Adelaide as an Anaesthesia Lecturer in 2014.

Dr Nicholas Cowling

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Qualifications: BVSc (Hons) BAppSc (Hons) MANZCVS Anesthesia and Critical Care

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Specialisation: Anaesthesia and Emergency

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In 2014 Nick began working in the UQ VETS Anaesthesia service as a clinical anaesthetist and became a Member of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Anaesthesia and Emergency in 2015. He commenced the American College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia diplomat training program in January 2017. In July 2017 he also began the UQ Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science residency program and commenced the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Fellowship training program at the same time.

What our participants say…

Great workshop. Learned a lot. Great and friendly tutors. Lots of patience.

Dr Rhoades

A really well organised, relevant and practical approach to continuing education. Very well resourced with a great practical emphasis.

Dr Jarratt

Great practical, hands on experience with perfect vet to instructor ratio to get the best out of two days of intensive learning.


Really Educational. Instantly applicable to practice. Stimulated my enthusiasm for work


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 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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