Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences - City University of Hong Kong

Presents a workshop on

Fundamentals of Anaesthesia for Nurses and Technicians

Susanna TAYLOR

Workshop Summary

A 3-day workshop series with the aim to provide a foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for veterinary staff (veterinary nurses, assistants and technicians) assisting with anaesthesia of small companion animals in Hong Kong.

The workshop is delivered through interactive mini-lectures, small group practical activities and discussions. Participants will have hands-on opportunities in setting up and operating anaesthesia systems and monitoring equipment with instructor feedback. Stimulators and mannequins will also be used to help students develop a deeper understanding and practise skills in anaesthetic patient management.

Target Delegates

Veterinary nurses, nursing assistants, and veterinary technicians.

This is course is highly recommended for working nurses / assistants / technicians who are relatively new to anaesthesia and dealing with patients that require anaesthesia. This course will equip you with the required knowledge and skills for safe anaesthesia practice, and will prepare you for challenges in anaesthesia and anaesthetic patient care.

This workshop provides a great opportunity for delegates to interact and discuss their questions and cases with a UK qualified veterinary nurse who is also a specialist veterinary technician in anaesthesia and analgesia (a member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anaesthesia and Analgesia), Susanna TAYLOR.

Course Schedule and Content

Medium of instruction: English

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to

  1. Define the components of anaesthesia
  2. Understand the risks associated with anaesthesia
  3. Understand the physiological changes during premedication, induction, maintenance and recovery of anaesthesia
  4. Understand the anaesthetist’s role pre-op, at induction, maintenance and recovery of anaesthesia
  5. Be able to prepare a patient for anaesthesia
  6. Be able to prepare induction and maintenance equipment for anaesthesia including anaesthetic machines and breathing systems
  7. Be familiar with patient safety checks and safety forms
  8. Understand the basic pharmacological properties of common anaesthetic drugs
  9. Understand the basics of pain physiology and common analgesic therapies
  10. Understand the role of fluids therapy under anaesthesia and know the common fluids used
  11. Understand how to monitor an anaesthetic manually
  12. Recognise, set up and understand the basics of pulse oximetry, BP measurement, temperature measurement, capnographs and ECGs
  13. Be able to complete a detailed anaesthetic form
  14. Recognise problems under anaesthesia
  15. Be able to list anaesthetic considerations for commonly seen cases

About Susanna

Susanna qualified as an RVN in 2006 and began employment at the Royal Veterinary College in 2007 as one of their first specialised anaesthesia nurses. Susanna became Senior and then Head Anaesthesia Nurse in 2010. Susanna achieved the VTS (Anesthesia) qualification and the NCert in Anaesthesia and Critical Care in 2010. After becoming a mum, Susanna returned to general practice and set up her own anaesthesia CPD company before moving to Hong Kong with her family in 2014. Susanna is also the nurse representative for the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists.


#For all 3 workshop days (per clinic or practice): HK$ 2,000
  For 1 workshop day: HK$ 800
  (Lunch and snacks provided)

#For an individual delegate to get the most out of this workshop, we recommend they attend all 3 days. If this is not possible, a given practice or clinic may enroll for all 3 workshop days, to be attended by a different staff member on a daily basis.

Each workshop day has a limit of 20 - 22 participants, because of practical activities involving the use of equipment, please enroll early to make sure you get a place.


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For enquiry, please call 3442-5912 / 3442-6138 or email to