Multiple board-certified anesthesiologists, complemented by residents and technicians, make up the VMTH Anesthesia Service.
One of the unsung heroes of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is its Anesthesia Service. Consisting of nine anesthesiologists (eight of whom are board certified), this service is often behind the scenes, but certainly plays an important role in almost every case. The VMTH is the only veterinary hospital in Northern California with multiple board-certified anesthesiologists. This uniqueness allows the VMTH to offer a higher level of specialized care to its patients during surgery.
The service also consists of four resident veterinarians training under the faculty’s tutelage to become anesthesia specialists, as well as 18 specially-trained technicians. This team makes up possibly the largest anesthesia service of any veterinary hospital in the country, which means each patient has a designated, one-on-one anesthesia team member to watch over it throughout its surgeries and procedures, equating to safer procedures and better outcomes for both small and large animals.
Certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, VMTH anesthesiologists maintain the highest standard of care in pain management, anesthesia and post-operative recovery. Never is this more important than in the Large Animal Clinic during and after an equine surgery. Catastrophic injury during recovery can be much higher in equine surgeries compared to small animal surgeries. Most times, those rates have nothing to do with the initial injury or surgery, but rather with the potentially dangerous environment of recovery.
Horses will tend to find the recovery environment abnormal and try to get up too early, thereby predisposing themselves to potentially fatal injuries. VMTH anesthesiologists have developed options for more gradual, controlled recoveries under an ever-present eye. This can make all the difference for a 1,200-pound animal not prone to being on the ground following surgery.
Whether it’s a small or large animal being anesthetized at the VMTH, each patient is offered high quality, individualized care.