What does the anaesthesiologist do?
Before Anaesthetic each patient is carefully examined & further tests may be ordered if more information is needed. They will discuss in detail the nature of the procedure being undertaken with the treating veterinarian.
The anaesthetist will then make a quantified assessment of risk based on the type of patient, their history of illness, physical examination & the type of procedure that is to be undertaken.
A list of potential problems is identified and a holistic management plan is formulated to address each problem on the list.
An individualised combination of medications is selected for each patient to ensure your pet is relaxed, calm and pain free.
The medications are carefully administered and doses adjusted based on your pet’s response to them
Vital signs are continuously assessed via veterinary specific monitoring equipment to further assist with adjustment of the anaesthesia.
"Finding out that your pet may is ill and may need to have an anaesthetic can be an extremely upsetting experience. Anaesthesia is needed for many procedures to enable them to be carried out and also to minimise pain and distress for your pet"
A specialist anaesthesiologist is trained to recognise, evaluate & respond to potential risks
The can provide the highest possible standard of care for your pet to minimise risks for
each individual animal. They are able to provide the most advanced techniques to ensure the best possible pain prevention and management currently available. The Specialist anaesthesiologist's sole role is the safety of your pet and they are able to tailor a safe optimal & individual plan for anaesthesia and pain management. They will be aware of potential complications and take the appropriate steps to prevent them before they occur
At VAPMC when you engage our services our specialist anaesthetist will attend to your pet exclusively from before the start of anaesthesia, during the procedure to be undertaken and then through to to the recovery phase (as opposed to delegating the actual patient management to another veterinarian or nurse/technician). This is our principle point of difference and something very few other anaesthetic services offer.
We also offer a patient assessment and risk mitigation service where the anaesthetist assesses the patient’s history and offers a list of management recommendations to your veterinarian for them to follow, the anaesthetist is not present during the procedure but is available remotely to address any issues that are detected by your veterinarian.
BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS Dip ECVAA
EBVS® European Specialist in
Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia
Dr Kieren is a European boarded specialist in anaesthesia and analgesia. She has a particular interest in animal pain and strives to improve awareness of this problem and also deliver high-level care for pets in pain through provision of state of the art perioperative analgesia and chronic pain management on an outpatient basis.
Kieren graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) in 2000. Following graduation she spent time in general practice, at the University of Queensland veterinary emergency center and at the University of Sydney as a Clinical Registrar in Veterinary Anaesthesia.
In 2005 she became a Member of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the field of Anaesthesia & Critical care. She completed a senior clinical training scholarship (residency) at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket (UK) and she became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia in 2009. Since the completion of her residency program Kieren has worked as a consultant anaesthetist at a number of practices.
In 2010, Kieren relocated to Singapore and has also lived and worked in Hong Kong & China She continues to provide anaesthetic consultancy services within the Asia Pacific region.