18 - 19 januari 2021, online

Equine anaesthesia and analgesia


This online course will provide you with updates on equine anaesthesia and analgesia, both if your primary work is in the field or in the operation theater.


The target group are equine veterinarians and veterinary nurses who are working with equine anaesthesia.


Day 1

Analgesic techniques for the equine patient - We will discuss analgesic agents and techniques that can be used in the equine patient for chronic and acute pain conditions in the hospital situation.

  • The use of opioids in the equine
  • The use of constant rate infusions
  • The use of non-opioid agents
  • The use of some local analgesic techniques

Anesthesia of foals & the complications of uroperitoneum - We will review the physiology of foals and the anesthetic risk of neonatal patients. Anesthetic complications of foals with uroperitoneum will be discussed.

  • Anatomy and physiology of foals
  • Anesthetic management of foals
  • Complications during anesthesia of foals with uroperitoneum

Monitoring the equine patient under general anesthesia - We will discuss physical monitoring that can be used in the field as well as monitoring equipment and what it tells us for the horse under general anesthesia.

  • What are normal physical monitoring parameter
  • The use of pulse oximetry
  • The use of end-tidal CO2
  • The importance of blood pressure monitoring

How to prepare the colic for referral - We will discuss how to prepare an equine colic case prior to referral that will improve the horse’s cardiovascular status and provide analgesia.

  • Fluid therapy prior to referral
  • Analgesic drugs
  • Physical exam findings that support the need for referral

Standing sedation and restraint in the horse - We will discuss how to choose drug combinations that can be used for standing procedure in horses and how to evaluate signs of adequate sedation.

  • Physical restraint in horses
  • Drug protocols for standing procedures
  • What parameters can be monitored during standing procedures

Day 2

Fluid therapy in horses - We will discuss fluid therapy to improve the cardiovascular status of the equine patient, what type of fluids we can use and what volumes and rates to administer.

  • Types of fluids available
  • Indications for fluid therapy
  • Rates and volumes of fluid to administer

Total intravenous anesthesia in horses - We will review drugs for sedation and maintenance of general anesthesia when only injectable agents are used. Differences between parameters monitored for horses anesthetized with injectables versus inhalants will be discussed.

  • Drugs used for sedation
  • Drugs used for total intravenous anesthesia
  • Physical parameters monitored under injectable anesthesia

Inhalational anesthesia for the equine patient - We will review some chemical and physical characteristics of modern inhalant anesthetics and how they can be used in horses. We will discuss common adverse effects and how to monitor horses under inhalational anesthesia.

  • Chemical and physical characteristics of inhalants
  • Side effects of inhalants
  • What to monitor in horses under inhalational anesthesia

Case discussions and questions - After the audience reviewed all previous lectures, we will discuss any questions they might have on these topics. The audience is encouraged to submit the questions before the live session. Any other type of questions regarding equine anesthesia and analgesia are welcome.


Course language is English. Register by following the link in the right margin. You will receive an email with a confirmation and practical information when you register. Please read our cancellation policy.


Jane Quandt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVAA, ACVECC, Professor at University of Georgia

Dr Jane Quandt graduated with a DVM from Iowa State University in 1987. She did an anesthesia residency and master’s in anesthesia at the University of Minnesota and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 1993. She then did an emergency critical care residency at UC Davis and University of Minnesota and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care, small animal, in 2007. Dr Quandt was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine for 10 years practicing anesthesia and emergency and critical care. Currently she is working at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine since 2011 as a tenured professor in anesthesia.

Mike Barletta, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVAA, Associate Professor at University of Georgia

Dr. Mike Barletta graduated from the University of Turin, Italy in 2002, where he completed his PhD in veterinary oncology in 2006. He moved then to the United States where he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University in 2007. After his internship he stayed at Purdue University for his anesthesiology residency and Master’s degree. He worked at the University of Minnesota for three years before joining the University of Georgia in 2013. His clinical interests include pain, critical patient management, and large animal anesthesia.

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