184. A Face Only a Mother Could Love: Anesthesia for Brachycephalic Breeds

Brachycephalic breeds can have a number of “normal abnormalities” of the upper airway, which can lead to life-threatening situations before, during, and after surgery. In this lecture, attendees will learn what to consider in formulating an anesthetic plan for these patients. Each stage of the surgical process will be discussed, including premedication and sedation (drug options, pre-oxygenation, restraint), induction (laryngeal examinations, intubation, continued oxygenation), intra-operative concerns specific to airway procedures (monitoring, reintubation, analgesia), and recovery (continued monitoring and oxygenation, extubation, post-operative analgesia).

Katrina Lafferty

BFA, RLAT, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)

Veterinary Technician, Surgical Services | University of Wisconsin–Madison | Madison, Wis.

Katrina Lafferty is one of less than 200 technicians worldwide to hold a veterinary technician specialty in anesthesia. After earning her veterinary technology degree in 2005, she became a senior technician at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in the Anesthesia and Pain Management Department. In 2016, Katrina moved to the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, where she is a lead technician in the Surgery and Anesthesia Department. In her current position, she is responsible for improving and innovating the anesthetic and analgesic care for the center's non-human primate species. With a passion for anesthesia and pain management, particularly in exotic species, Katrina has had the privilege of working with a veritable menagerie of animals, ranging from a two-day-old calf to a 60-year-old tortoise. She has written written numerous articles and textbook chapter and presented at more than 40 continuing education seminars around the world.


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CE Credits
1.00 Continuing Education (CE) credit  |  No certificate available
1.00 Continuing Education (CE) credit  |  No certificate available
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