This is a hands-on workshop endorsed by the ACVAA (American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia) involving local and regional anesthetic techniques utilizing canine cadaver specimens. Through the use of small groups (2-3 delegates) and multiple stations, participants will have the opportunity to practice different regional anesthesia techniques of the head, and ultrasound – guided techniques of the thoracic and pelvic limbs, the abdomen, and the thoracic wall in a controlled setting.
This workshop is designed to serve as a “boot camp” for veterinary anesthesia residents (first, second or third-year), board-certified specialists or clinicians who are interested in learning about regional anesthesia and practicing their skills in a unique setting under the guidance of content experts. The use of state-of-the-art technologies (including ultrasound) will be taught, and participants will be able to perform blocks on the cadavers using these methods for themselves, followed by the opportunity to perform dissection of the relevant areas in order to learn more about the relationship of anatomy and block success.
The overarching objectives of this workshop are: 1) to provide participants with practical knowledge of the equipment that is used to perform local and regional anesthetic blocks, 2) to discuss the different blocks that can be used to provide anesthesia and analgesia for dogs and 3) to explain the considerations for performing these blocks (including anatomical landmarks and potential complications). In addition, participants should leave the workshop with practical knowledge and basic skills that will allow them to perform different nerve blocks in dogs as soon as they return to work.