Comparative Aspects of Anesthesia in Animals

  • L. R. Soma
  • H. W. Calderwood
Part of the Handbuch der experimentellen Pharmakologie/Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 30)


The interest in veterinary anesthesia has increased considerably, with greater focus on anesthesia as an important part of animal management and care. The approach and attitude has shifted from anesthesia as being only a necessary part of a surgical procedure to a greater overall awareness of its importance in the management of the animal from the preoperative through to the postoperative period. Along with the growing awareness of the practicing veterinarian in the greater use of newer anesthetic agents and techniques, has been an increased interest on the part of the experimental surgeon and research worker in better anesthetic methods. There has also been a greater concern for the impact of drugs and anesthetic agents on experimental results. Unfortunately, herein lies one of the greatest deficiencies of our knowledge of general anesthesia. The rapid development of the field of biomedical engineering has given the research scientist the means for the development of more sophisticated chronic models. This has placed a greater responsibility on the researcher for the use of better anesthetic techniques and a greater awareness on pre and postoperative care.


Tracheal Intubation Anesthetic Agent Comparative Aspect Divinyl Ether Respiratory Minute Volume 
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