Regional Anaesthesia for Spinal & Thoracic Procedures in Dogs and Cats

Thu, 25 July, 2024 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Your Local Time Zone)


Small Animal

Contact Hours

3 Hours - RACE Accredited

Early Booking Deadline

Sat, 08 June, 2024

Registration Deadline

Thu, 27 June, 2024




Anaesthesia & Pain Management

Diagnostic Imaging

Emergency & Critical Care

Internal Medicine – Endocrinology, Haematology, Infectious Diseases, Parasitology & Oncology


Toxicology & Pharmacology

Industry Partners


Veterinary Partners


Time: London 7PM / Paris 8PM / New York 2PM / Sydney 4:00AM (+1)


Maja Drozdzynska   DVM, MVetMed, DECVAA, MRCVS - Small Animal Specialist Hospital, Australia
Tatiana Ferreira   DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVAA - University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Flavio Freitag   DVM, MSc, DVSc, DACVAA - King Animal Hospital, Canada


Matt Read   DVM, MVSc, DACVAA - MedVet Columbus, USA



Thoracic and spinal surgeries are commonly performed in small animal specialty and referral practice and the use of regional anesthesia has revolutionized our ability to provide perioperative analgesia for patients undergoing these procedures. The list of possible regional anesthetic techniques for the lateral and ventral chest and the structures associated with different approaches to the thoracic and lumbar spine has expanded over the last five years and, unless you follow the literature closely, may not be aware of these new analgesic techniques or the pros and cons of each of them. Many veterinarians may find themselves asking “Is there a block that I could use for this procedure?”, “Is one approach better than another?”, “Do the benefits outweigh the potential risks?”, and “Can I perform my blocks blindly or do I need special equipment to do them?”.

Join our panel of internationally renowned anesthesia and pain management specialists for an interactive discussion covering the ins and outs of performing regional anesthesia to facilitate spinal and thoracic surgeries. We will discuss what information experts in the field use to develop new blocks, decide which techniques to perform on their patients, how to select which drug and dose to administer, what equipment to use, the pros and cons of the various techniques that are possible (e.g. blind, ultrasound-guided), and their personal preferences for different regions of the body. Differences in decision making between cats and dogs will be discussed, as will controversial aspects of the various blocks and what types of new techniques are currently in development or on the horizon.

Whether you are new to the idea of using regional anesthesia for these surgical procedures and simply want to improve your level of patient care or are a seasoned practitioner of nerve blocks and want to refine your approach by hearing more about what the experts are doing and how they got there, you will find this session invaluable to your professional development.

Flavio graduated in Veterinary Medicine at PUCPR (Curitiba, PR-Brazil), pursued a 2-years residency program in Veterinary Anesthesiology at UFPR (Curitiba, PR-Brazil), followed by a Master's in veterinary sciences at the same institution, with a focus in Veterinary Anesthesiology and Ultrasound-Guided Local blocks. Flavio then relocated to Canada, to undertake a Anesthesia Residency and Doctor of Veterinary Sciences at the Ontario Veterinary College (Guelph, ON-Canada).  Upon completion, Flavio started the Anesthesia Service and was the Veterinarian responsible for anesthesia and pain clinic at the Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador (Mount Pearl, NL-Canada).  Concurrently he also worked as Anesthesiologist Locum at the University of Guelph and University of Montreal.  Flavio has now joined the team at King Animal Hospital, as anesthesiologist for small and large animals, as well as Pain Clinic lead.  Flavio has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia since 2023.  He has an interest in veterinary anesthesiology and analgesia in all species and focuses on ultrasound-guided local anesthetic techniques. 

Maja graduated from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland in 2010. After graduation she worked for 2 years at the same university in the Surgical Department where her main focus was anaesthesia and emergency critical care. 

She moved to the United Kingdom in 2012 and undertook an Internship at the University of Liverpool followed by a Residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at the Royal Veterinary College in London. She obtained a Master’s degree from the RVC in 2016 and her European board certification in 2017. Following her residency, Maja joined Dick White Referrals in 2017 where she worked for four years before moving to Australia and joining the Small Animal Specialty Hospital in Sydney where she provides anaesthesia as well as acute and chronic pain management service.

Dr. Matt Read graduated with a DVM with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Canada in 1998. Following graduation, he completed a residency in veterinary anesthesiology and a Master of Veterinary Science. He became board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) in 2002.

Following his residency, Matt taught at the University of Georgia for two years before returning to Canada and developing and supervising the anesthesia services in two large specialty hospitals in Toronto and Calgary between 2003 and 2010. In 2010, Matt joined the University of Calgary as an Associate Professor where he taught in the DVM program and also served as Assistant Dean, Admissions.

In 2018, Matt moved to Columbus, Ohio where he is now working as an anesthesiologist and serving as Specialty Team Leader - Anesthesiology for MedVet, a family of emergency and specialty hospitals with more than 30 locations across the USA.

Matt has delivered over 100 lectures and workshops around the world and is currently preparing the second edition of a textbook, Small Animal Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia.

He dreams of someday going into space and opening an ice cream shop in the Caribbean, not necessarily in that order.

Dr. Ferreira earned her veterinary medical degree from the Fluminense Federal University – UFF at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2005. She obtained a master’s (2008) and doctoral degrees (2010) in veterinary anesthesia at São Paulo State University - UNESP, also in Brazil. She then completed an anesthesia residency at the University of California - Davis in 2013 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) in 2014. In that same year, she joined the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW – Madison) School of Veterinary Medicine as an anesthesia clinical instructor. In 2016 she started on her current position as a Clinical Associate Professor in Anesthesia and Pain Management at UW - Madison. Dr. Ferreira’s clinical and research interests include balanced anesthesia and pain management of small, large, and exotic animals with special focus on regional anesthesia techniques.

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