ASC391 Surgery and Anaesthesia Nursing (8)

The subject extends the student's knowledge and skills in veterinary nursing in the field of surgery and anaesthesia. 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 and prepare and provide high quality dental prophylaxis and dental after care.

This subject includes online modules, 10 days of workplace learning in a veterinary surgery and a 3 day residential school.

Subject availability
* 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. 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

ASC183 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 and monitor anaesthesia, fluid therapy and radiographic and image routines relating to specific surgical procedures;
  • 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.
The 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 either CSU, Wagga Wagga or GOTAFE, Wangaratta, Victoria.

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.