ASC391 Veterinary Anaesthesia and Surgery Nursing (8)

The subject extends the student's knowledge and skills in veterinary nursing in the field of anaesthesia and surgery . Students will study anaesthesia in detail to ensure a comprehensive knowledge as preparation for the practice of surgical nursing. Successful completion of this subject enables students to perform: specific pre-operative procedures; provide high level intra-operative support to the (veterinary) surgeon; apply and monitor anaesthesia; respond to anaesthetic emergencies; develop and maintain fluid plans and provide diagnostic support relating to specific and complex surgical procedures; prepare theatre for surgery and manage theatre staff and theatre procedures; prepare and manage the theatre environment and personnel to deliver the highest standard of surgical care. This subject includes 10 days of workplace learning in aa approved veterinary surgery.




* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC391. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology


ASC280 and ASC306

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to prepare and manage theatre environment and personnel;
  • be able to perform specific pre-operative procedures;
  • be able to provide intra-operative support to the surgeon for a range of surgical procedures;
  • be able to manage surgical equipment cleaning and maintenance;
  • be able to apply, monitor and record anaesthesia and fluid therapy
  • be able to maintain the highest standards of hygiene and infection control;
  • be able to identify specialised surgical equipment; and
  • be able to observe accurately and report patient condition and vital signs.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: theatre practice; instrumentation and aseptic technique; legislation
  • Module 2: analgesia and anaesthesia; technical support for surgical procedures involving the respiratory system; cardiovascular system, urinary system; gastrointestinal system, reproductive system, orthopaedics, eyes and ears, and dentistry
  • Module 3: post-operative management - nutritional support, fluid therapy, blood transfusion, wound management, physical therapy, pain management, the recumbent patient and home care

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The workplace learning is to be undertaken in a veterinary surgery and involves the student gaining (advanced) practical skills associated with the nursing anaesthetised and surgical (animal) patients.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The purpose of  the residential school is to ensure students have the surgery and anaesthesia competencies that veterinary technologists are expected to have (based on industry needs). The program will include tutorials and practical classes associated with the following: aseptic technique; anaesthesia considerations for different disease states; physical therapy; instrumentation; sutures; pain management; and monitoring the patient.

Special Resources

Students are required to undertake workplace learning (in a veterinary clinic) for which they are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Additional travel and accommodation may be required to attend a compulsory residential school on campus at  GOTAFE, Wangaratta, Victoria.


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.