In this eleventh edition of Veterinary Anaesthesia we have attempted to continue Dr Leslie Hall’s tradition of providing ‘how to’ advice on anaesthetizing animals. In addition, our goal has been to expand the evidence-based theme and provide published justification for most of our conclusions, particularly in relation to clinical advice, while also including information based on our own experiences. There are now hundreds of relevant published papers, and we have to acknowledge that in the space available we cannot cite all.
The aim of the book has always been to provide a text for veterinary students, a reference work for veterinarians in practice or working with laboratory animals, and a stimulating introduction to the subject for those wishing to specialize in veterinary anaesthesia. While following the format of previous editions, we have made several major changes in this edition. We have invited other authors to contribute chapters, and are grateful for their excellent reviews which provide added dimensions to the book. A chapter specifically devoted to analgesia recognizes the importance of pain relief and the major advances in the physiology and practice in this area. A new chapter is devoted to wild animal anaesthesia and another discusses anaesthetic management of small mammals, exotic pets and small wildlife. A chapter has been added to provide current information on cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation. We would also like to acknowledge valuable contributions to Chapter 1 by Craig Johnson (electroencephalography) and Daniel Pang (mechanisms of action of general anaesthetic agents) to ensure accuracy in these specialized and fast advancing areas.
We would wish to express our appreciation to David Gunn (AIIP) and to Charlotte Hall for manyof the figures re-used from previous editions, and to those who have provided new figures for this edition and are acknowledged in the text. We also thank Kim Stevens and Flint Buchanan for their expert assistance with some of the figures. Our warmest thanks are due to the publishers for their patience, and in particular to Nicola Lally and Alison McMurdo for their constant encouragement. Finally, we must thank our families, who tolerated our constant ‘absence’, and carried out our dayto- day duties for us enabling us to concentrate on writing. Without them, the book would never have been completed
- Veterinary anaesthesia
- General anaesthesia
- Depth of anaesthesia
- Anaesthetic risk
- Evaluation of the patient before anaesthesia
- Preparation of the patient
- Influence of pre-existing drug therapy