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Evergreen CPD specialises in veterinary anaesthesia, analgesia, critical care and surgical nursing. 

Sessions can be picked from the list below or designed and adjusted to meet your individual training needs.  The below seminars are all roughly 2 hours long. 


Please feel free to contact us to discuss your training needs and plan a bespoke training event.

Foundation Level

Following lectures are suitable for staff of any experience levels but can also be adjusted for more experienced staff

Overview of Anaesthetic Monitoring

This seminars provide an overview of all possible modalities of anaesthetic monitoring; both manual (the anaesthetist) and mechanic (monitors).  For each modality, what it monitors and how it works is covered, along with a basic guide of how to use it.  Most importantly, this seminar explains how to use different modalities together to gain an overall picture of anaesthetic stability.  This seminar serves as a good introduction or refresher to anaesthetic monitoring, that can be followed by more in-depth training

Anaesthesia Safety

Using the AVA ‘Guidelines of safer anaesthesia’ this session will consider what causes a reduction in anaesthetic safety and ideas for improving it.  It can be run as a group-based discussion to actively find practical improvements to anaesthesia care.  It can help find additional training needs and plan future sessions.

Understanding Analgesia

This session discusses the pain pathway and physiology of pain, looks at modern concepts of analgesia such as preventative, pre-emptive and multimodal, and covers the modalities of common analgesic drug therapies and non-drug therapies available.  Can be combined with ‘Practical pain management’ for a complete analgesia session

Practical Pain Management 

This session looks at the practicalities of providing excellent analgesia in practice.  Concepts of PIVA and CRIs are discussed, as well as the uses and doses of different analgesic agents.  Pain recognition and scoring is also covered.  Can be combined with ‘Understanding analgesia’ for a complete analgesia session

Anaesthetic Drugs

The session covers common agents used for premedication, induction agents and techniques, and volatile inhalational agents.  Understanding how they are related, what they are used for and the main side effects.  PIVA and TIVA techniques are also discussed.

Anaesthetic Gas Equipment 

This seminar covers gas supply from cylinders and piped set ups, parts of the anaesthetic machine and routine checks.  Also the importance of scavenging systems and health and safety.  It can be easily tailored to your own equipment.

Breathing Systems

This seminar discusses commonly used non-rebreathing systems and the circle system.  Weight ranges, circuit factors, advantages and disadvantages are all discussed, as well as a more in-depth look at how each system works.  Routine maintenance and checks are also covered.  The session can easily be adapted to meet your own requirements.

Temperature Control 

This seminar discusses the reasons temperature is lost under anaesthesia, how temperature is lost under anaesthesia, and most importantly how to prevent and treat hypothermia.  Different methods of temperature measurement are also covered

Introduction to Theatre Practice 

This session covers the principles of sterility, conduct in the theatre area, patient preparation and the roles of the circulating nurse in theatre.

Care and Maintenance of Surgical Equipment

A fresh look at how to clean, process and care for surgical equipment of all types.  Including packaging and storage requirements.  Can be tailored to cover your equipment such as dental equipment, power tools and endoscopic equipment.

Advanced Levels

The following sessions are more suitable for staff with anaesthesia experience

Anaesthetic Complications and Emergencies

This seminar discusses recognition and treatment of a wide range of anaesthetic complications and emergencies.


This seminars looks at the importance of monitoring ventilation, understanding when to intervene, how to provide correct manual ventilation, and how to use mechanical ventilators.  A practical session using your own ventilator (but not patients!) is an optional extra.

Local Anaesthesia

This seminar discusses the benefits of local anaesthesia, introducing infiltration techniques, nerve blocks and epidurals.  Anaesthesia and nursing care of patients receiving local anaesthesia techniques is covered at depth to ensure the team is confident using these techniques

Monitoring Modalities 

Pulse Oximetry, Capnography, Blood Pressure, ECGs or manual monitoring can be covered in individual sessions and targeted at the required experience level.  Understanding how they work, what they can and cannot tell us, and interpretation will be covered.  These can be combined in a series to enhance anaesthetic monitoring.  These session are a great way to improve staffs confidence with underused equipment, or when purchasing new.

Case-Based Sessions

Anaesthetic considerations, preparation, drug selection, and monitoring are discussed for your choice of case scenarios.  Examples of cases include; Airway surgery, septic patients/GDV, exploratory laparotomies, ophthalmic surgeries, MRI anaesthesia, thoracotomies, caesareans

Surgical Assistance

A recap of sterile principles before covering scrubbing up, gowning and gloving, running a surgical trolley and basic assistance tasks such as suction, retraction, and haemostasis.  This session will give attendees a new sense of purpose when assisting with surgeries.


BLS and ALS practical courses available for all practice staff.  Click here for more information 

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