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The MSU-CVM Anesthesia section provides service to both the large and small animal sides of the hospital.  Dogs, cats, and horses are the most common patients, however, rabbits, birds, pocket pets, cows, pigs, lions, and tigers have all been anesthetized by the service.  The Anesthesia Team is led by Robert Meyer and Claudio Natalini, DVM, Diplomates ACVAA, board-certified anesthesiologists.  The anesthesia team is responsible for teaching the concepts and applications of anesthesia to 2nd and 3rd year veterinary students and veterinary technology students.

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Anesthesia Team

Robert Meyer, DVM, Diplomate ACVAA - Professor
Claudio Natalini, DVM, MS, PhD Diplomate ACVAA - Associate Professor
Simone Hinz, DVM, BSc - Assistant Clinical Professor, Service Chief
Sara Shane, DVM, Resident
Megan Robbins, CVT
Lanette Jordan, CVT
LaQuanda Morgan, CVT
Morgan Salter, CVT
Sydney Saucier, CVT

In order to provide some information about the service, a list of FAQs has been compiled and will hopefully address any questions concerning the anesthesia service of MSU-CVM.  If you have other questions, however, please contact the clinician in charge of your pet’s care.

Frequently Asked Questions

What information do I need to provide when I bring my pet to MSU-CVM?

This is a general answer for any service to which you are bringing your pet in to be seen - whether or not it will involve anesthesia.  Be sure to notify the student or clinician taking your pet’s history of any medications (even monthly heartworm prevention, deworming regimen or flea treatment) your pet may be taking or that your referring veterinarian may have given.  It is your job as your pet’s owner to provide a complete picture of your pet’s history and any other information that may be important to the evaluation of your pet.  The information you provide about your pet will be used in conjunction with your pet’s physical exam and diagnostic tests in order to determine course of treatment and specifically the anesthetic protocol.

What should I expect when my pet needs anesthesia?

When it is decided that your pet needs anesthesia, expect for your pet to spend the night in our hospital the night before his procedure, and sometimes the night of the procedure as well.  The anesthesia service will receive a request from the clinician, and an anesthesia student is assigned to the case.  That student will review your pet’s medical history, perform a physical exam, learn about the procedure being performed and decide on an anesthetic plan especially for your pet.  The anesthetic plan is then discussed with the anesthesiologist for approval, or a plan in accordance with anesthesiologist-approved standard protocol is used.  Your pet is then anesthetized according to the approved plan and the procedure is done.  Once your pet recovers from anesthesia, he is returned to the care of the original student and clinician.

If my pet is home with me the night before his procedure, what should I do?

If your pet is having a routine procedure, such as spay/neuter or dental, and the clinician has allowed you to take your pet home the night before his procedure, it is important that you adhere to any instructions the clinician may have given you.  These instructions may include not feeding your pet anything after midnight.  It is also important to have your pet here on time the morning of the procedure, as arriving late may prevent your pet from having the procedure done that day.

How is my pet anesthetized?

Your pet’s anesthesia record will be kept by the anesthesia student assigned to the case.  This student, under the guidance of at least one of the anesthesia team members will perform your pet’s anesthesia.

Most pets require premedication with a sedative before anesthesia.  This is to calm your pet, as we prepare to induce anesthesia.  This also allows for easier placement of an IV catheter, which almost all of our anesthetic patients receive.  Anesthesia is induced either by IV injection or by allowing your pet to breathe anesthetic agents.  Most patients are then intubated so that we can help with their breathing if we need to.  The type of premedication, induction agent and maintenance agent is an approved plan and is specific to your pet’s needs.

What will be monitored on my pet during the procedure?

While your pet is anesthetized we monitor several things.  Our monitoring is usually non-invasive and includes: ECG monitor, blood pressure, oxygenation of blood (SpO2) and carbon dioxide (ETCO2). We also check pulses manually and watch your pet closely to determine their depth of anesthesia.  For large animals and some of our small animal cases, we will monitor blood pressure with an arterial catheter.  Adjustments are made to the anesthesia during the procedure as needed in order to provide the best care possible for your pet.  

Will my pet be in pain?

Pain is something that is very real, and it is our goal to minimize, if not totally eliminate it.  Part of your pet’s anesthetic plan is pain management.  Taking into consideration all aspects of your pet’s history, physical exam and the type of procedure being done, we attempt to minimize the pain before, during and after the procedure.

What should I expect after my pet has recovered from anesthesia?

Your pet may be groggy and sleepy for hours after he has recovered from anesthesia.  Some pets bounce right back to what they were before we anesthetized them.  Each pet is different and will have different recoveries from anesthesia.  You may or may not be allowed to visit with your pet shortly after they are awake from anesthesia.  This is to ensure that your pet has fully recovered from anesthesia, as they are probably just as anxious to see you as you are to see them.  Please understand that such precautions are for the health and safety of your pet as they recover from their procedures.