The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia

This programme is entirely online and will provide students with a unique opportunity to study anaesthesia and analgesia in animals in their own time and supported by a team of world-renowned staff.

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To view the courses available as PPD, please see the Professional Development page.


Year 1: Certificate 

Core (compulsory) courses: 

Basic sciences in anaesthesia and analgesia     20 credits 
Clinical anaesthesia: equipment and the patient

20 credits

In addition, students will be expected to select 2 of the following 4 optional modules for the Certificate, at least one of which must be a species course: 

Dogs and cats 10 credits 
Equidae 10 credits 
Ruminants, camelids and pigs 10 credits 
Small mammals (laboratory and clinical) 10 credits 

Ethics in anaesthesia & euthanasia

10 credits

Chronic pain & advanced analgesic principles

10 credits

To avoid repetition the species courses assume knowledge from the Basic sciences and Clinical anaesthesiaequipment & the patient courses.  If you are considering taking one of the species anaesthesia courses as PPD and are unsure about whether your pre-existing knowledge is adequate, please get in touch to discuss.

Year 2: Diploma 

A further 60 credits must be attained for PG Diploma.  In addition to the PG Certificate optional courses, students may choose from the following options:

Advanced cardiovascular procedures and monitoring  10 credits
Ventilators and ventilation in veterinary anaesthesia 10 credits
Avian Anaesthesia  10 credits
Reptiles, Chelonia and Fish (course under construction) *  10 credits
Problem solving and non-technical skills in anaesthesia 10 credits
Professional and Clinical Skills for Advanced Veterinary Practice

10 credits

Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine in Clinical Practice

10 credits

Veterinary techniques and interventions for Conservation Medicine

10 credits

*Additional courses are currently under development 

Year 3: Masters 

Dissertation  60 credits 

​​​​The form of the dissertation may vary to suit individual candidates 

It may take the form of a research study, analysis of techniques used in previous clinical work or an extended literature review may be appropriate. 


Professional Development

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.