Practical Anaesthesia (Feb 2021)


4 week course (10 hours CPD), starting 1st February 2021 – Confirmed Running.


This course is confirmed as running.


This 4 week course will cover all aspects of anaesthesia from induction to recovery, and will be specifically aimed at nurses in general practice.


Week 1

Pre-Anaesthetic Considerations

  • Equipment selection
  • Pre-anaesthetic checks
  • Premedications
  • Pain assessment and analgesia

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the week delegates will be able to:

  • Will be able to confidently select an appropriate breathing system and calculate fresh gas flow rates
  • Confidently check an anaesthetic machine and leak test the breathing system
  • Understand the ASA grading system
  • Understand the benefits of a pre-surgical checklist
  • Understand the principles of preparing for an anaesthetic
  • Understand the principles of auscultation of the thorax
  • Identify the benefits of premedication
  • Will be able to select and understand the most common pharmacological agents used for premedication and their physiological effects
  • Recognise the importance of pain assessment and management
  • Understand the pain pathway and its significance
  • Identify common analgesia agents and their pharmacological and physiological effects

Week 2

Anaesthetic Induction and Maintenance

  • Induction agents
  • Monitoring during induction
  • Anaesthetic agents

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the second week, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand how to safely prepare for an induction of anaesthesia
  • Identify common induction agents and the pharmacological effects
  • Select appropriate monitoring equipment to identify any potential concerns during induction
  • Identify the various anaesthetic agents available and their pharmacological effects
  • Recognise normal physiological parameters in relation to the cardiovascular system for individual patients
  • Will start to develop the skills to apply this knowledge to individual cases

Week 3

Monitoring Anaesthesia

  • Common monitoring equipment
  • Capnography
  • Troubleshooting problems

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the third week, delegates will be able to:

  • Will be able to name and use the most common monitoring equipment for the cardiovascular system and recognise what is a normal value / trace
  • Recognise abnormal / false / concerning parameters and understand what action may be required to correct them

Week 4

Patient Considerations

  • Individual patient assessments
  • Patient specific care plans
  • Warming devices
  • Case studies

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the fourth week, delegates will be able to:

  • Will start to develop the skills to apply individual patient assessment to develop an appropriate anaesthetic care plan for specific cases, including various ASA grades of patients.
  • Develop skills to apply this knowledge to individual cases within the clinic and use of available equipment in order to optimise the patient’s anaesthetic and reduce any associated risks.
  • Identify warming devices, their importance and advantages and disadvantages
  • Will be able to discuss anaesthetic plans for specific patients, detailing considerations from the pre-anaesthetic check to recovery

The course will be fully tutored by Louise Dale, and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses - please open the guide below:

Louise Dale

VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), A1 Assessor, RVN


Louise qualified as a RVN in 2002 with the PDSA in Batley Leeds.  She then worked in mixed practice for a while before returning to small animals at Oakbeck veterinary Hospital in Harrogate.  Louise then took on a Head Nurse position at Ashland’s Veterinary Centre in Ilkley, where she stayed for 4 years and became an A1 Assessor, completed a supervisory certificate and gained a certificate in animal behaviour.


In 2007, Louise started teaching at Rotherham College as a lecturer in animal care where she completed a level 4 qualification in PTTLS.  In 2009 Louise accepted the full time post of senior surgical nurse at Liverpool University.  Louise completed an NVQ level 3 in Leadership and Management and also her VTS qualification in Anaesthesia and Analgesia.


Louise manages a team of eight theatre staff and organises the day to day running of the theatre at Leahurst Small Animal Teaching Hospital.  Louise thoroughly enjoys her role and has a keen interest in surgical and anaesthesia nursing.

This online course is worth 10 hours of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 4 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.


The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided weekly, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example.


The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available in that format.   Furthermore, all the course material (excluding the interactive discussion forum) will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks.


After 6 weeks, all learning material will be cleared from the delegate’s account, so please ensure any important course notes or information is saved to your personal computer before this time.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’.


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD