Anesthesia Society

We are excited to announce the creation of the Anesthesia Society for AAEVT members!


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.


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.

We will soon will be creating a specific anesthesia certification program…stay tuned!


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!


a.    Promote advancement and a standard of excellence of anesthesia practice for those certified veterinary technicians/ assistants involved in equine veterinary anesthesia.

b.    Establish advanced levels of education and experience prerequisites leading to certification in equine veterinary anesthesia.

c.    Examine, certify and recognize AAEVT equine veterinary technicians and / or assistants as specialized team members in equine anesthesia.

d.    Provide mentorship, instruction, scientific and hands on wet lab/ presentations, resources and other contributions to knowledge relating to equine veterinary anesthesia.

e.    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.

f.      Educate the public on the benefit of the contribution of an AAEVT Equine Veterinary Anesthesia Society member in performing anesthesia in the equine practice.

g.    Promote continuing education and dissemination of knowledge relating to equine veterinary anesthesia.

Areas of Expertise

Be able to demonstrate a comprehensive working knowledge of equine veterinary Anesthesia care from the newborn foal to the aged

Be able to correctly understand, communicate, train and mentor others, and utilize 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-Med  and Sedation
  • Analgesia
  • Induction and Intubation
  • Positioning for various procedures
  • Maintenance of Anesthesia
  • Maintenance of Equipment and Care of Machines
  • How Anesthesia Machines work
  • Monitoring
  • Supportive Care
  • Blocks
  • Drips, CRI
  • Special Procedures  ( eyes, MRI)
  • Recovery
  • Foals
  • Complications
  • Emergencies
  • Pain Management  – Acupuncture
  • Post Anesthesia
  • Donkeys, Mules, Zebras, Mustangs,
  • Professionalism
Need more info?

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