Laboratory Animal Anaesthesia, 3rd Edition

Laboratory Animal Anaesthesia, 3rd Edition,Paul Flecknell,ISBN9780123693761


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Provides clear, concise and practical advice on laboratory animal anaesthesia

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Key Features

• New edition provides new information on anesthesia and analgesia, and has an extensively revised and updated bibliography
• Provides a balanced consideration of the needs of scientific research and the welfare of laboratory animals
• Written by a veterinary anesthetist and scientist with over 30 years' experience in the field, and who is actively engaged in research in this area
• Provides rapid, easily accessed information using tabulated summaries
• Provides those with limited experience of anesthesia with the information they need to carry our procedures effectively, safely, and humanely
• Provides sufficient depth for the more experienced anesthetist moving to this field


Laboratory Animal Anesthesia looks at recent significant developments in anesthetic practices in laboratory experiments involving animals. It also provides information about basic standards for proper use of anesthesia. In addition, it examines the equipment and different anesthetic agents that are used in performing an experiment on animals. The book also discusses the profound effects of anesthesia on the physiological aspect of the animals’ body systems, such as hypothermia and respiratory depression. The book addresses the proper management and care that should be provided for the animals that undergo anesthesia. Furthermore, it covers different anesthetic procedures that should be used on various kinds of small animals intended for laboratory experiments. The main goal of this book is to provide information about the different anesthetic agents used in experiments, and the proper standards to follow when using anesthetics on lab animals.


Researchers, post docs and graduate students who utilize animals in biomedical research.

Paul Flecknell

Affiliations and Expertise

Comparative Biology Centre, The Medical School, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK

Laboratory Animal Anaesthesia, 3rd Edition

Preface Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition Glossary List of Tables List of Figures Acknowledgements Introduction 1 Preparing for Anaesthesia Anaesthetic equipment and anaesthetic drugs Other equipment Personnel The animal 2 Anaesthesia General anaesthesia 3 Anaesthetic Management Pre-operative preparations Monitoring anaesthesia Anaesthetic problems and emergencies 4 Special Techniques Use of neuromuscular blocking agents Controlled ventilation Long-term anaesthesia Anaesthesia of pregnant animals Anaesthesia of neonates Anaesthesia for imaging 5 Analgesia and Post-operative Care The recovery room environment Problems during the recovery period Management of post-operative pain Pain assessment Pain relief Conclusions 6 Anaesthesia of Common Laboratory Species: Special Considerations Small rodents Rabbits Cats Dogs Ferrets Pigs Sheep and goats Primates Other species Bibliography Appendix 1 Recommended Techniques and Physiological Data Appendix 2 Estimation of Required Quantities of Volatile Anaesthetics and Anaesthetic Gases Appendix 3 Examples of Dilutions of Anaesthetic Mixtures for Small Rodents Appendix 4 Manufacturers of Equipment and Other Items Illustrated or Cited in the Text Index
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