By: Dr Sheilah A Robertson BVMS (Hons), PhD, DACVAA, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), CVA, MRCVS Description: In this session the value of pre-euthanasia sedation or anesthesia and which drugs to choose
By: Dr Sheilah A Robertson BVMS (Hons), PhD, DACVAA, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), CVA, MRCVS
In this session the value of pre-euthanasia sedation or anesthesia and which drugs to choose will be discussed. Tips for intravenous access (have you tried dorsal pedal vein?) will be covered along with what to do if IV access is not possible. Non-intravenous techniques for dogs and cats will be covered. If things do not go as planned, we will discuss how to explain this to owners and how to deal with unexpected adverse effects. What we do after the euthanasia has an impact on the owner. This includes a discussion on body care, providing mementos, giving them time alone, and follow up within a few days.
- Attendees will feel confident initiating difficult conversations about euthanasia by learning key words and phrases that are patient centric.
- Attendees will understand why pre-euthanasia sedation is important for the whole veterinary team, patient and owner.
- If intravenous access is not possible attendees will be confident with using alternate routes for administration of euthanasia solutions.
- Attendees will perform their next euthanasia with confidence, calmness and a feeling of control form start to finish.
Dr. Sheilah Robertson graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Following time in private practice and a surgery internship she undertook specialized training in anesthesia and completed her PhD at the University of Bristol. She is board certified in anesthesia and in animal welfare by the respective American and European Colleges and holds a certificate in small animal acupuncture. In 2019 she received her certification as a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Palliative and End-of-Life practitioner by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. She has published widely on the recognition and alleviation of acute pain. Currently she is the senior medical director of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a large network of veterinarians dedicated to end-of-life care and in-home euthanasia throughout the USA. Dr Robertson is also a courtesy Professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
(Monday) 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST