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VETT 1220 - Veterinary Anesthesia-Lecture

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Veterinary Technician Program; VETT 1020 , VETT 1030 , VETT 1040 , VETT 1060 , VETT 1070 , VETT 1080 , HHSC 1010 , and ITCS 1010  all with grade C or better

This course instructs veterinary technician students in the principles of anesthesiology and appropriate usage of anesthetics for small, large, and exotic animals. This course also covers anesthetic monitoring, emergency procedures, and post‑anesthetic care.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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Outcome A: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of anesthesiology, anesthetic machinery, and the theory and use of anesthetic medications in various species.


  1. Define anesthesia.
  2. Describe the difference between local and general anesthesia.
  3. Define the anesthetic protocol.
  4. Describe the various periods of anesthesia, the role of the anesthetist during these periods, and the procedures performed during these periods.
  5. List the preanesthetic, analgesic, injectable, and gas anesthetic agents.
  6. Calculate the mass and volume of anesthetic medications.
  7. Discuss the pros and cons of injectable vs. gas anesthetics.
  8. Describe the mechanism of action, physiologic effects, side effects, and contraindications of anesthetic agents.
  9. Apply the knowledge of anesthetic medications to hypothetical clinical scenarios.
  10. List the parts of the anesthetic machine.
  11. Describe how the anesthetic machine works.
  12. Compare and contrast various anesthetic systems.
  13. Describe the procedure to be followed to prepare and anesthetic machine for use.
  14. Describe the procedures for maintaining anesthetic machines.

Outcome B: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate an understanding of the principles associated with endotracheal intubation, and extubation, and the concepts of monitoring veterinary patients.


  1. Describe the purpose of intubation.
  2. Describe the parts of the endotracheal tube.
  3. Compare and contrast the various types of endotracheal tubes.
  4. Discuss the process and technique of intubation.
  5. Discuss the process and technique of extubation.
  6. Discuss the purpose of anesthetic monitoring.
  7. Discuss methods of manual patient monitoring.
  8. List and discuss the various types of anesthetic monitoring machines.
  9. Describe the use of anesthetic monitoring machines.
  10. Describe the frequency of monitoring throughout the anesthetic period.

Outcome C: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of perioperative fluid administration, special anesthesia procedures and techniques, and emergency responses in veterinary anesthesia.


  1. Describe the various rates of fluid administration during all anesthetic periods based on patient health status.
  2. Compare and contrast the different types of fluids.
  3. Discuss various specialized anesthesia techniques used in non-routine anesthetic procedures.
  4. List common reasons for anesthetic emergencies.
  5. Describe species and breed differences as they relate to potential anesthetic emergencies.
  6. Discuss the steps an anesthetist should take during an anesthetic crisis.
  7. Describe the basics of CPR in an anesthetic crisis.

Outcome D: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate an understanding of the theories of record keeping and workplace safety as they relate to anesthetic agents and machinery.


  1. Describe the reasons for anesthetic record keeping.
  2. Describe the reasons for controlled substance record keeping.
  3. Describe the short and long term effects of waste anesthetic gas.
  4. Describe correct procedures for handling gas cylinders.
  5. Outline precautions necessary when handling potentially hazardous and injectable agents.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Introduction to anesthesia; patient evaluation and preparation
  2. Dosage calculations
  3. Injectable anesthesia
  4. Intubation and extubation techniques
  5. Anesthetic systems and equipment
  6. Inhalation anesthesia
  7. Monitoring anesthesia
  8. Emergencies
  9. Analgesia
  10. Special anesthetic procedures
  11. Safety and record keeping
  12. Exotic and large animal anesthesia

Primary Faculty
Delauter, Julie
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Shaw, Andrea
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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