Principles and practice of anaesthesia and pain management

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9 Nov - 14 Dec 2021

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Online Tuesday Nights 7:30pm (QLD time)

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CDP Value: AVNAT Points: 12

(80% pass mark is required in the post-course QUIZ to qualify for AVNAT CE credit.)

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Open for Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Technicians only

Join Margie for a six-week, online, skill-building, confidence-boosting practical course in anaesthesia and pain management.

We understand the challenges of anaesthetic monitoring, from the routine desexing to the patient with high-risk comorbidities. We also recognise that VetPrac participants can be visual, auditory or practical learners. Pick your poison… we have you covered!

Come along for innovative, real-time simulated anaesthetics, where we can adapt patient parameters to lead you through the theory. With our open discussion and safe learning space, we show that you can monitor, adapt and overcome some of the more challenging scenarios that our patients bring to their anaesthetics.

Join this course to sharpen your skills. Register today and have a direct impact on the quality of care you can bring to your team.

Do you struggle with…

  • The desired effects of common anaesthetic drugs, and their side effects?
  • Managing a bumpy anaesthetic case?
  • Confidence in feline pain management and anaesthetics?

What if you were able to build your skills and knowledge in an interactive and safe online anaesthesia course??

This online course is not like others. The flipped classroom will have you engaged, asking questions, and getting them answered. You have the opportunity to bring your cases to the table and get feedback from our board-certified anaesthesiologist, Dr Margie McEwen. Each week we will look at a different topic and the practical tips and tricks learnt from decades of experience. We will have you practicing better the next day.






What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Anaesthesia & analgesia drugs

  • Vitals and their normal ranges

  • Anaesthesia monitors

  • CRI and Drug calculations

Develop your skills in :
  • How to recognise anaesthetic complications
  • Pain physiology and, opioid drug pharmacology
  • Evaluating a CRI program and how it targets the pain for your patients
  • A wholistic approach to monitoring a patient under anaesthesia
  • How to manage the challenging “healthy” anaesthetic
  • How to manage some of the unique feline complications
  • And so much more…

Daily Schedule

Week 1 Anaesthesia and Analgesia for Paediatrics

Most of the knowledge about paediatrics is a combination of information derived from young to middle-aged animals, as well as information extrapolated from human babies. Paediatrics are still growing and have the ability to rapidly repair, yet they are also vulnerable to damage that may not become evident until later in their lives. By the end of this night, you will have a better understanding of how different paediatrics are, and what changes we need to make in our approach to their anaesthesia and analgesia to help protect them against morbidity and mortality.

Week 2 Optimising Your Use of Opioids

Delve into pain physiology, cover opioid drug pharmacology and a gain a deeper understanding of the difference between the opioids used in your practice. Then focus on case-based pain management using opioids. 

 Week 3 Clear the Confusion on Constant Rate Infusions

Have a better understanding of managing pain as part of a broad and multi-modal approach to anaesthesia. Gain the confidence to evaluate a CRI program and how it targets patients’ pain, and develop your understanding of the side effects you need to be aware of when managing a patient on a CRI under anaesthetic or monitoring it in hospital.

 Week 4 Maximise Your Monitoring Skills: Anaesthesia

So many parameters and normal ranges to remember! The monitor is beeping but what am I looking for in the patient? It is easy to do a “bad job” of monitoring, even with the very best equipment. Learn the wholistic approach to monitoring a patient under anaesthesia. From a stethoscope and thermometer to end tidal CO2 and pulse oximeter… build your skills to benefit a wide range of patients.

Week 5 Managing Your Brachy Breeds: Anaesthesia and Pain Relief

This is the challenging “healthy” anaesthetic that has become more common for most clinics. From aspiration pneumonia to complete airway obstruction or collapse, brachy breads can be quite daunting. Learn more about Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) and how it impacts your management of them. Take a closer look with Dr McEwen from sedation to induction, recovery, and analgesia.

 Week 6 Foundations for Feline Anaesthesia

Furry felines are in a class of their own when it comes to anaesthesia. They stress more, and are often highly anxious to the point of lashing out in defense, which can make for a challenging case. Learn how to manage some of the unique feline complications like laryngeal spasm intubation, bradycardia and hypothermia. Develop your clinic protocol and feel more comfortable for your next feline anaesthetic.

Your Educators

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Margie McEwen

Dr Margie McEwen

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Qualifications: BVSc DACVAA MANZCVS

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Specialisation: Board certified Anaesthesiology

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In 1997 she was awarded membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and in 2000 completed an anaesthesia residency at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, New York. Margie became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2002. After spending the last five years working as the section head of the UQ Vets, Gatton Campus Anaesthetist section and lecturing in both the veterinary science and veterinary technology streams, Margie saw a change on the horizon. In December of 2019, she made a change into post graduate education for the veterinary field and became the new director of VetPrac. Margie’s interests are in pain management, anaesthesia, teaching and learning, and communication.

What our participants say…

“Margie and her content was so amazing and it was really engaging to listen to. Could not recommend more.”


“The course was amazing. Loved the pre reading and also the ability to ask questions
and have them answered during the active course session.”


“Very educational and comprehensive. Easily accessible information and classes.
Wonderful teacher (Margie) who was so helpful and knowledgeable”


“An interactive and insightful course. Ideal for general practice nurses, as topics were
relevant for a variety of levels of experience.”


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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