Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (UVTHS) (VETS5347)


This unit of study provides student interns with an opportunity to apply the principles and practices of veterinary anaesthesia introduced to them in VETS4133 Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgery 1 and VETS4234 Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgery 2 in the clinical setting of a large veterinary hospital. This unit of study is designed to give student interns exposure and experience in clinical anaesthesia to help develop a deeper understanding of this discipline and prepare them for veterinary practice. Student interns are involved in the management of a wide variety of cases from the time the patient is admitted for anaesthesia up until the patient has fully recovered. This unit of study aims to foster a culture of shared leadership, team work, professional conduct, compassionate and open communication in the work environment. Student interns participate in all activities undertaken by the UVTHS Anaesthesia Unit including (but not restricted to) pre-anaesthetic examination, formulation of anaesthesia and analgesia plans, induction and maintenance of anaesthesia, record keeping and post-operative care (including pain management). Student interns will learn and practice the many technical skills required to perform general anaesthesia including intravenous catheterisation, endotracheal intubation, collection of blood and urine for diagnostic testing. After completing this unit of study, student interns will be able to safely and humanely anaesthetise and recover an ASA health status '1' or '2' small animal patient with a degree of proficiency acceptable for a new graduate (refer to the Faculty of Veterinary Science Graduate Attributes).

Further unit of study information


practicals: 15-day practicum including rostered ICU duty, anaesthesia rounds twice weekly ; tutorials: 5 hrs journal club (once weekly)


intra-semester: Supervisor Report Form (continuous); communication task (oral); competency based practical skills assessment
other: Formative self evaluation task


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Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


Veterinary Sciences Years 1-4

Additional Information

Departmental permission required

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.