Principles and practice of anaesthesia and pain management

12th May to 16th June 2021

Online Wednesday Nights 7:30pm (QLD time)

For Vet Nurses & Vet Techs

Open for Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Technicians only

Join Margie for a six week online skill building, confidence boosting practical approach to anaesthesia and pain management. Broaden your understanding and practical knowledge of how to manage a wide range of patients. Dr McEwen will explore the options for pain management and how they affect our canine and feline patients. Better equip yourself to recognise the positive and negative changes so you can effectively and efficiently alert other members of the animal care team if needed. Even monitoring an anaesthetic can be worrisome at times, especially when the patient is not that six month old in for a routine spey. Gain a better understanding in how you can monitor, adapt and overcome some aspects of the more challenging scenarios that patients bring to an anaesthetic. From geriatric pets to brachycephalic breeds and felines. Register today and have a direct impact on the quality of care you can bring to your team.

Do you struggle with…

  • Knowing common anaesthetic drugs and their side effects?
  • Managing a bumpy anaesthetic case?
  • Confidence in feline pain management and anaesthetics?

What if you were able to build your skills and knowledge in an interactive and safe online anaesthesia course??

This online course is not like others. The flipped classroom will have you engaged, asking questions, and getting them answered. You have the opportunity to bring your cases to the table and get feedback from our board-certified anaesthesiologist, Dr Margie McEwen. Each week we will look at a different topic and the practical tips and tricks learnt from decades of experience will have you practicing better the next day.

  • 6 Weeks Online

  • Interactive and practical

  • Live online classroom

  • Small class size

What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Week 1 Anaesthesia & Analgesia for the Geriatric Animal
  • Week 2 Optimising Your Use Of Opioids
  • Week 3 Clear The Confusion On Constant Rate Infusions
  • Week 4 Maximise your Monitoring skills: Anaesthesia
  • Week 5 Managing Your Brachy Breeds: Anaesthesia And Pain Relief
  • Week 6 Foundations For Feline Anaesthesia
You will develop skills in :
  • How to recognise anaesthetic complications
  • Pain physiology, cover opioid drug pharmacology
  • Evaluating a CRI program and how it targets the pain for your patients
  • A wholistic approach to monitoring a patient under anaesthesia
  • How to manage the challenging “healthy” anaesthetic
  • How to manage some of the unique feline complications
  • And so much more…

Daily Schedule


These are not your run of the mill patients; once you can define ‘geriatric’ you become more aware of the age-related physiological changes that could be going on. By the end of this night you will have a better understanding of how to recognise anaesthetic complications and be armed with the knowledge of defining your strategy for managing complications.


Delve into pain physiology, optimising opioid drug pharmacology and gain a deeper understanding of the difference between the opioids in your practice. Then focus on case-based pain management using opioids.


Have a better understanding of managing pain as part of a broad and multi-modal approach to anaesthesia. Gain the confidence to evaluate a CRI program and how it targets the pain for your patients, and an understanding of the side effects you need to be aware of when managing a patient on a CRI under anaesthetic or monitoring it in hospital.


So many parameters and normal ranges to remember. The monitor is beeping but what am I looking for in the patient? It is easy to do a “bad job” of monitoring with the very best equipment. Learn the holistic approach to monitoring a patient under anaesthesia. From a stethoscope and temperature to end tidal CO2 and pulse oximeter. Build your skills to benefit a wide range of patients.


The challenging “healthy” anaesthetic that has become more common for most clinics. From aspiration pneumonia to complete airway obstruction or collapse, brachy breeds can be quite daunting. Learn more about brachycephalic airway syndrome (BAS) and how it impacts on your management of these breeds. Take a closer look with Dr McEwen from sedation to induction, recovery, and analgesia.


Furry felines are in a class of their own when it comes to anaesthesia. They stress more and are often highly anxious to the point of lashing out in defence, which can make for a challenging case. Learn how to manage some of the unique feline complications like laryngeal spasm intubation, bradycardia and hypothermia. Develop your clinic protocol and feel more comfortable for your next feline anaesthetic.

Your Educators

Margie McEwen

Dr Margie McEwen

Qualifications: BVSc DACVAA MANZCVS

Specialisation: Board certified Anaesthesiology

In 1997 she was awarded membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and in 2000 completed an anaesthesia residency at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, New York. Margie became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2002. After spending the last five years working as the section head of the UQ Vets, Gatton Campus Anaesthetist section and lecturing in both the veterinary science and veterinary technology streams, Margie saw a change on the horizon. In December of 2019, she made a change into post graduate education for the veterinary field and became the new director of VetPrac. Margie’s interests are in pain management, anaesthesia, teaching and learning, and communication.

What our participants say…

“Margie and her content was so amazing and it was really engaging to listen to. Could not recommend more.”


“The course was amazing. Loved the pre reading and also the ability to ask questions
and have them answered during the active course session.”


“Very educational and comprehensive. Easily accessible information and classes.
Wonderful teacher (Margie) who was so helpful and knowledgeable”


“An interactive and insightful course. Ideal for general practice nurses, as topics were
relevant for a variety of levels of experience.”


Your Questions Answered

What happens if I pay and then later can’t come?

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 30% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What if I can’t attend because of COVID-19 border restrictions?

The terms & conditions will apply and you will have to make a decision 45 days prior to the workshop to receive a refund.

What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided a full refund. However, VetPrac will not be responsible for any travel, accommodation or any other expenses incurred by you. If on-campus accommodation is organised by VetPrac, the cost of this accommodation will be forfeited.

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss groups discounts.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100 or 0411 798 165

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100
0411 798 165


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