Anaesthesia teaching initiative


Northwest Veterinary Specialists is now offering an anaesthesia outreach education service for local referring practices.

Liz Leece, one of the members of the specialist anaesthesia and analgesia service at Northwest, will come into your practice over your lunch break and answer questions from your vets and nurses about anything anaesthesia or analgesia related.

Since starting the programme, several practices are now incorporating local anaesthesia techniques into their pain management for cases, others have learned how and when to use low-dose ketamine in their patients to enhance analgesia for specific cases, whilst others have welcomed being able to discuss the use of their current protocols and if there is any room for improvement in patient care.

For the practices using monitoring devices, a simple introduction on how to interpret the capnograph trace or how to problem solve and manage hypotension has empowered the nurses to understand what they are doing when monitoring and how to recognise specific problems early.

Whether you have questions about monitoring patients, pre-anaesthetic medication, pain relief, how to use your breathing systems cost-effectively or even CPR, we have the answers. A couple of hours of face-to-face, tailored CPD is available to all our referring practices. To book, please email


‘On behalf of us all I would like to thank you for coming all the way to Dol and spending time with us to give us fantastic CPD. We all really enjoyed the afternoon and got a lot from it. You are very approachable and pitched the CPD at just the right level for our needs as a first opinion practice. We hope you had a good journey home. I’m sure we will be pestering you with more anaesthesia questions in the future!’

‘I just wanted to send a big thank you for your anaesthetics session at our practice two days ago. Both vets and nurses really enjoyed it. Many thanks to you, Liz, for coming and for North West Specialists to have made this great opportunity possible.’