Sedation Techniques for Cats & Dogs - From Frisky to Zen...

Thu, 05 September, 2024 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm (Your Local Time Zone)


Small Animal

Contact Hours

3 Hours - RACE Accredited




Anaesthesia & Pain Management

Emergency & Critical Care

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

Toxicology & Pharmacology

Time: London 6PM / Paris 7PM / New York 1PM / Sydney 3:00AM (+1)


Molly Allen   DVM, DACVAA - BluePearl Speciality & Emergency Pet Hospital, USA
Bonnie Gatson   DVM, DACVAA - Safe Harbor Veterinary Anesthesia Support, USA
Alessio Vigani   Dr.med.vet., DACVECC, DACVAA - University Of Zurich, Switzerland


Erik Hofmeister   MA, MS, DVM, DACVAA, DECVAA - Auburn University, USA



Sedation plays a pivotal role in veterinary medicine, ensuring the safety and comfort of both patients and personnel. Sedation is often necessary to complete procedures, as a preparation for general anesthesia, to facilitate examinations and to ensure the patient has a positive experience visiting the clinic. Selecting the appropriate sedation technique requires careful consideration of numerous factors such as patient disease status, behaviour, client interactions, clinic setting, the specific procedure, and a host of other variables which may have a influence on drug type, dose, and route selection. 

This engaging panel discussion involving world-leading specialists will delve into a myriad of sedation approaches, considering diverse patient populations, various disease states, and clinical scenarios. We will discuss drugs options as well as new drugs and strategies and review the pros and cons of the previously accepted techniques. Any practitioner involved in sedation or general anesthesia will benefit from joining us as we will offer invaluable insights, practical strategies, and the latest advancements in sedation techniques for dogs and cats. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and contributions from attendees in this lively debate.

Alessio Vigani is currently director of small animal emergency and critical care and extracorporeal therapy at The University of Zurich. Alessio received his D.V.M. degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Milan in 2006 and then obtained his PhD degree in clinical sciences. He completed a small animal rotating internship at the Ohio State University in Columbus in 2009.

He subsequently pursued two consecutive residency programs in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia and emergency and critical care at the University of Florida. He is ACVAA diplomate since 2012 and ACVECC diplomate since 2014. Dr. Vigani has published several journal articles and book chapters and he has lectured nationally and internationally. His special interests include regional anesthesia in critical care, hemodynamics, acute kidney injury, and extracorporeal therapy. Alessio shares his apartment with his 3 dogs Scimmietta, Macchietta e Anacleto. Alessio is a devoted runner.

A native of south Florida, Dr. Gatson received a degree in Zoology from the University of Florida in 2007. She then pursued her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida and graduated in 2011. After completing a small animal rotating internship at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA in 2012, she returned to the University of Florida and completed a residency in anesthesia and pain management in 2015. Dr. Gatson became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2016. After completing her residency, Dr. Gatson taught anesthesiology as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida until 2021.

Dr. Gatson enjoys advanced anesthesia and pain management, including the use of locoregional techniques such as nerve blocks to minimize the amount of pain medication required to keep pets comfortable after surgical procedures. As an educator for many years, Dr. Gatson also enjoys teaching veterinary practitioners in all aspects of anesthesia and pain management. She is the founder of Safe Harbor Anesthesia Support, with the goal of providing direct high-quality anesthetic care to animals around the state of Florida.

Dr. Erik Hofmeister is a board-certified anesthesiologist, a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Originally from Los Angeles, he received his DVM degree from Washington State University in 2000. He did an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California, and a Residency in Anesthesia at the University of Georgia. He was on faculty at the University of Georgia from 2004-2016 where he was the Section Chief for Surgery and earned Masters degrees in Health Promotion and Behavior and Sport Pedagogy. Dr. Hofmeister served as the Department Chair for Surgery at Midwestern University from 2016-2019.

He joined Auburn University as a professor of anesthesia in February 2019. He is Deputy Editor, Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Dr. Molly Allen obtained her DVM degree from Tufts University, then completed an equine internship in surgery and anesthesia at a specialty hospital in Australia. She practiced as an equine veterinarian and anesthetist in Australia for three years before commencing her residency in anesthesia and pain management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Allen is an anesthesiologist at BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital in Boston. Her special interests include anesthesia training, patient safety, advanced locoregional techniques, and strategies for promoting enhanced recovery from anesthesia in small animal patients.

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