Anesthesia Society


To advance the education and professional recognition of AAEVT members who display excellence in and dedication to providing superior anesthesia care to the equine patient.


Any member of the AAEVT who wants to expand their expertise, skill and knowledge in the area of Equine Anesthesia can become a member of the Anesthesia Society.


The AAEVT Anesthesia Society** exists to promote excellence in the discipline of equine veterinary Anesthesia.  The Society will provide a process by which AAEVT member technicians and assistants may become certified as qualified with excellence in the field of equine veterinary anesthesia.  These individuals will demonstrate superior knowledge in scientifically – and humanely – based techniques of equine veterinary anesthesia.

** A Society is a group of individuals who have a common interest and passion for a topic or field of study. It does not have the capability to credential. It can offer RACE approved CE, it can offer certificates of completion, and it can offer criteria for required study should a member wish to receive recognition of completion and a certificate. By being a member you are not required to achieve this more advanced level.

Members, Check it out!

We have recently begun posting the Anesthesia Society Video Series to our members-only On Demand CE section of our website!


The idea for our Anesthesia Society was launched from some great discussions and feedback from our first Anesthesia focused Continuing Education Event at Park Equine in Kentucky in June of 2016. The members in attendance were very enthusiastic about the idea, gave us some great input, and this new benefit was launched in 2017!

  • Promote advancement and a standard of excellence of anesthesia practice for those certified veterinary technicians/ assistants involved in equine veterinary anesthesia.
  • Establish advanced levels of education and experience prerequisites leading to certification in equine veterinary anesthesia.
  • Examine, certify and recognize AAEVT equine veterinary technicians and/or assistants as specialized team members in equine anesthesia.
  • Provide mentorship, instruction, scientific and hands on wet lab/presentations, resources and other contributions to knowledge relating to equine veterinary anesthesia.
  • Educate the equine veterinary profession and industry on the value of advanced education and certification of the equine veterinary technician/assistant in equine veterinary anesthesia and the employment of these individuals.
  • Educate the public on the benefit of the contribution of an AAEVT Equine Veterinary Anesthesia Society member in performing anesthesia in the equine practice.
  • Promote continuing education and dissemination of knowledge relating to equine veterinary anesthesia.
How to become Certified: The Process (optional)

** NEW for 2021
The AAEVT Anesthesia Society Certification Process for 2021 may look a little different, due to the recent inability and current slow return to in-person meetings. The changes to the process are as follows:
1. If you have submitted a case report previously, please resubmit with the application this year for full evaluation.
2. Must have attended at least 2 Anesthesia Society CE events in the past 4 years.
3. The 2021 exam will be a take home exam that will be administered during AAEP. It will consist of 50 multiple choice questions and 5 short essay.
4. For more information regarding the complete certification process please see the following sections. All other deadlines are accurate for 2021.

Credential Requirements for Initial Certification

Credential Requirements dictate that each applicant, before he or she is declared eligible for examination, must:

  1. Must maintain a current annual membership with the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians (AAEVT)
  2. Must maintain a current annual membership with the AAEVT Anesthesia Society
  3. And must submit a Certification Fee of $100.00 to begin the certification process

iii.    Renewal fee of $50.00 per year plus proof of CE – Anesthesia focus.

  1. Two years /a minimum of 3,000 hrs work experience or its equivalent in the field of equine veterinary technology, clinical or nursing based, with not less than 75% of their experience (a minimum of 2000 hrs) being dedicated to anesthesia of the equine patient. All experience must be completed within the three years prior to the application. A total of 3  years can be taken to achieve this certification.
  2. A minimum of Fifteen (15) continuing education (CE) hours related to equine veterinary anesthesia which can be done over the course of 2 years. (*** Will strive for minimum of 15 hours being offered at any one Anesthesia focused event sponsored by the Society).
  3. The continuing education must be completed within the last three years immediately prior to submitting the application
  4. The continuing education must be received from an accredited veterinary technician school, school of veterinary medicine, national or regional conference, or a conference sponsored by AAEVT or the academy of veterinary equine nursing technicians.  Proof of attendance is required. All continuing education hours must be RACE approved or equivalent.
  5. At least 10 hours of the CE must be under the direction of an

approved AAEVT Society Instructor within a 2 year period.

  1. Provide the documentary evidence of advanced competence in equine veterinary anesthesia.


  1. A case record log is maintained for one (1) year immediately preceding the submission of the application.
  2. A minimum of Five (5) acceptable cases is required for application approval. The cases shall reflect the management of the equine patient under anesthesia and mastery of advanced veterinary equine anesthesia skills. The log should include the following: Date, Patient identification (name or number), species/breed, age, sex, weight, veterinary diagnosis, length of care, final outcome, and summary of equine veterinary anesthesia techniques and procedures performed by the applicant on the patient


  1. Two (2) letters of recommendations written by members from the following categories: a VTS-EVN, a veterinarian who is an AAEP member, or a veterinary Diplomat from the ACVS or ACVA,  who are employed in equine practice.
Areas of Expertise

Be able to demonstrate a comprehensive working knowledge of equine veterinary Anesthesia care from the newborn foal to the aged AND be able to correctly understand, communicate, train and mentor others, utilizing the knowledge required in the performance of all tasks and duties as an equine veterinary anesthesia technician in the areas of:

Pre-Anesthetic Assessment
Anatomy of the Equine
Laboratory workups
Anesthesia Prep
Pre-Medication & Sedation
Induction and Intubation
Positioning for various procedures
Maintenance of Anesthesia
Maintenance of Equipment and Care of Machines
Knowledge of how Anesthesia Machines work

Supportive Care
Drips, CRI
Special Procedures (eyes, MRI, etc.)
Pain Management – Acupuncture
Post Anesthesia
Donkeys, Mules, Zebras, Mustangs

Need more info?

For more information about the Society, please contact Deborah Reeder  214-505-1548