VSEC is pleased to be one of the few referral centers in Pennsylvania to have a board certified anesthesiologist on staff.
Our anesthesia and pain management service is staffed by a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist who is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA).
Only Diplomates of the ACVAA have completed a 3-year residency in anesthesiology and passed a series of national qualifying examinations. No other veterinarians have received as much rigorous and complete training and testing in the field of veterinary anesthesia and analgesia.
The goal of the anesthesia service at the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center is to provide the highest level of care for dogs and cats undergoing anesthesia for various procedures.
Our anesthesiologist here at VSEC works with our other specialists throughout the hospital to provide anesthetic protocols and peri-anesthetic management plans for patients that require general anesthesia during their procedures. The anesthesiologist oversees the nurses that administer anesthesia to your pet and assists them with the management of your pet’s anesthetic episode.
When you have an appointment with one of VSEC’s specialists and your pet requires anesthesia, you will typically be asked to fast your pet for 12 hours prior to an initial consultation so that any blood work or procedures can be performed without delay. If you have any concerns about the safety of fasting your pet, please mention this to the Client Services Representatives (CSR’s) and they will discuss your concerns with a nurse or doctor.
After an initial consultation, the doctor will obtain a thorough history and evaluation by performing a physical exam and reviewing any referral information that your family veterinarian has supplied. In some cases, outpatient diagnostic testing may be recommended. In other cases, hospitalization for further testing and supportive care may be recommended. All of the information gathered about your pet will be passed on to our anesthesiologist and nurses performing anesthesia on your pet so that the best anesthetic protocol and management plans can be created to meet your individual pet’s needs.
Your VSEC specialist who will be performing the procedure, will discuss your pet’s case with you, give an estimate of the costs and work diligently to create a diagnostic and treatment plan that meets your pet’s needs. We take pride in being thorough without being wasteful or extravagant. Our doctors will also be in constant communication with your primary veterinarian, updating him or her on your pet’s status.