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Fundamentals of Anesthesia in Birds and Reptiles

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With the development of exotic pets, many veterinarians want to learn about the knowledge of exotic pets. In this case, we open the webinar record to help many vets to better understand the anesthesia of exotic pets.

What you’ll learn:

  • we will discuss an overview of avian and reptilian physiology, how these differences from mammals affect anesthesia, principles of safe anesthetic practice, and practical tips for anesthetizing these species.


Dr. Alexander Thomson


Dr. Alexander Thomson is a board-certified veterinary anaesthesiologist by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA). He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Cornell University, before completing a rotating internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver, Colorado. After internship, he moved to the University of Florida for a residency in anaesthesiology and pain management, gaining valuable experience in a broad range of complex and high-risk anaesthetic procedures. During residency, he also worked part time as an emergency veterinarian in hospitals across central Florida. His experience spans both domestic and exotic species, from dogs, cats, and horses to tigers, gorillas, and rhinoceros.
Dr. Thomson has particular expertise in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, and he has published novel techniques and scientific research on the subject in leading veterinary journals. He is passionate about using modern analgesic techniques and evidence-based medicine to prevent and treat pain in all stages of life. His major interests include cardiothoracic anesthesia, clinical pharmacology, and interventional pain management.
Dr. Thomson currently serves as the medical director at CityU VMC while practicing full-time as a clinical veterinary anaesthesiologist.

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