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The Anaesthesia and Pain Management team works closely with and provides support for all other disciplines in the hospital.  The service is led by a specialist anaesthetist with the assistance of our highly trained and experienced nursing team.

Our Anaesthesia and Pain Management team is led by

Joanne Michou MA VetMB DipECVAA MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Kerry Woodhouse BVSc CertVA DipACVAA MRCVS American Recognised Specialist in Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia imageMany of the complex conditions and procedures performed in a specialist hospital benefit from the care of a specialist anaesthetist in order to obtain the best possible outcome for the patient.

The anaesthesia service is equipped with a dedicated nursing team as well as an extensive range of monitoring equipment and facilities to ventilate all sizes of patient.  All patients are routinely monitored throughout anaesthesia and into recovery using multi-parameter monitors at all anaesthesia stations. 

Advanced monitoring techniques, such as invasive arterial blood pressure monitoring and blood gas analysis, are employed where the patient would benefit.  Our aim is to make the process of sedation, anaesthesia and recovery as safe as possible.  All patients will be assessed and given the best possible analgesia plan for their particular condition.

The anaesthesia service also assists in the care of critically ill patients.  In critical care, we combine supervision by a European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Surgery and Medicine diplomate with full multi-parameter monitoring facilities and 24 hour care.  

Our Anaesthesia and Pain Management services include:

Monitors

  • Multi-parameter monitors at all anaesthesia stations
  • Warming devices at all stations

Basic monitoring

  • Capnography
  • Pulse oximetry
  • ECG
  • Oesophageal temperature
  • Oesophageal stethoscope
  • Oscillometric and Doppler blood pressure

Advanced monitoring

  • Agent monitoring
  • Direct blood pressure monitoring: arterial, central venous and portal pressures
  • Neuromuscular function monitoring (TOF monitoring)

MRI compatible multi-parameter monitoring

  • Pulse oximetry
  • Capnography
  • ECG
  • Oscillometric blood pressure
  • Oesophageal stethoscope

Warming devices

  • Heat and moisture exchanger filters
  • Fluid warming
  • Hot dogs, Bair Huggers and incubator

Analgesia

  • Epidural or spinal anaesthesia
  • Perineural anaesthesia with electro-location or ultrasound guided
  • Continuous/constant rate infusions
  • Wound diffusion/soaker catheters
  • Access to all necessary analgesic drugs

Ventilation

  • Time cycled, volume cycled and pressure cycled ventilation
  • PEEP
  • Arterial blood gas analysis

Other

  • Central venous line placement
  • Isoflurane/sevoflurane
  • Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA)
  • Neuromuscular blockade
  • Tracheostomy, pharyngostomy and armoured endotracheal tube placement

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