february, 2025

03febAll Day28Anaesthetising Dental PatientsOnlineCPD Type:Tutored CPDSubject:MedicineCPD Hours:10 hoursCost:£205Length:4 weeksAVNAT points:10

Course Details

As RVN’s we can be involved with assisting the surgery for dental treatments, but more often our role within the dentistry suite falls into the role of monitoring and assisting with the anaesthesia plan for our dentistry procedures. This can be a daunting prospect with many factors to consider.  This course will help reduce stress and increase confidence and positivity within the dental suite.

As RVN’s we are also in the perfect position to ensure a high standard of post operative care is provided to our patients, both within the hospital and when they are discharged into the care of their owners.

Week 1

Dentistry Analgesia
Different analgesia drugs available
Dose selection
Routes of administration
Drug combinations
Local nerve blocks
Sides effects of drugs


Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

Assist the veterinary surgeon in selecting appropriate analgesic drugs for different oral surgeries
Be aware of potential side effects of these drugs
Alongside the veterinary surgeon, create a tailored drug protocol for each patient to go home with
Comfortably calculate analgesic drugs at low doses
Be aware of what drugs are suitable as a combination
Understand the exclusion or reduced dose of some drugs, regarding co-morbidities
Use pain scoring methods and understand what analgesia the patient may need

Week 2

Anaesthesia – Airway Security and Hypothermia
How to maintain a patent airway
Patient positioning
To cuff or not to cuff?
Causes of hypothermia
Negative effects of hypothermia
Preventing and treating hypothermia


Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

Understand different styles of ET tubes and their benefits and potential negatives
Understand appropriate ET tube cuff pressures and why this is so integral to protecting the airway
Appreciate techniques to protect the airway
Know the gold standard method to move patients under anaesthesia, whilst protecting their airway
List the common causes of hypothermia
Understand the negative effects of hypothermia
Have practical knowledge on how to prevent and treat hypothermia
Understand the risk of using some heating devices

Week 3

Anaesthesia – Managing Hypotension
Causes of hypotension
Negative side effects of hypotension
How to obtain accurate blood pressure reading
How to prevent hypotension
Fluid therapy
Anaesthesia drug choices
The use of vasopressors and anticholinergics


Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

Obtain accurate blood pressure readings for cats and dogs under general anaesthesia for dentistry
Understand the limitations of blood pressure measurements and trouble shoot potential problems
Know what is deemed as an appropriate blood pressure reading under general anaesthetic
Know which drugs may interfere with maintaining blood pressure
Understand what could happen to our patients if left hypotensive
Feel more confident, alongside the veterinary surgeon, in making a treatment plan tailored to each individual patient, to treat any hypotensive episodes

Week 4

Post-operative Care
Immediate post op care once extubated
Care for patients in the recovery ward
Discharge instructions
Post op care at home
Post op checks


Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

Maintain and monitor a patent airway in the immediate post-operative period
Understand the importance of close monitoring in recovery
Create a post-operative plan tailored to each individual patient
Feel confident to create discharge instructions for your patient
Confidently communicate with the owner about the anaesthesia and surgery the patient has received
Perform a thorough physical post-operative check, including the whole patient
Understand the best dental care an owner can provide at home, along with alternative options if these goals cannot be met


The course will be fully tutored by Stacey Parker and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.  This course is tutored for 4 weeks, followed by a two week extension of untutored ‘catch up’ time, before the course officially ends.


All delegates will then have unlimited lifetime access to the learning material for future reference


february 3 (Monday) - 28 (Friday)




Stacey ParkerISFM Cert(FN), NCert (Anaes) & (Dent), AdvNCert (Anaes), LVNP (Anaes), RVN Dental Nurse, Perry Dental Referrals