Anesthesia is a part of veterinary medicine that many people find daunting. As the anesthetist, you’re responsible for making sure the animal remains alive and pain-free while undergoing procedures. I remember in second-year the night before our first anesthesia lab, I was so worried I could barely sleep. Now, I’m more comfortable with the subject but it is definitely still nerve-wracking to be the anesthetist for a big procedure, or if the patient has any health issues that can make anesthesia more challenging.
I wish I could say that we’ve had the chance to practice a bunch this week, however, the weather has had other plans for us. Large snowstorms shut down the school Monday and Tuesday, as well as today. This not only prevented us from going in those days, but also interfered with appointment schedules that would have allowed the school to admit patients for surgery. As a result, the one day we went to school (yesterday), we had no patients to anesthetize.
This was good because it allowed us to get a lot of time for introductions and a tour, as well as a lesson on how the general days will go (once it stops snowing, PEI!). We also got to have a lengthy review on the common drugs that are used in anesthesia for sedation, induction, and pain relief. While I’m thankful we got the time to do so much review, I’m definitely eager to start getting some more experience with anesthesia, especially when we have such a great anesthesiologist to be learning from. Hopefully the weather starts behaving so that we can get to it!