Anesthesiology

The VSH Anesthesia service is led by board certified veterinary anesthesiologist, Melanie Jarrett. Dr. Jarrett oversees a highly skilled nursing team, some who have achieved specialty certification in anesthesia by the nationally recognized veterinary technician specialty association.

The primary goal of the VSH Anesthesia service is to provide safe, high-quality anesthesia, specifically tailored to your pet. Dr. Jarrett and her team are trained to anticipate, identify, and handle any concerns associated with each anesthetic event. Every patient anesthetized at VSH has a dedicated anesthesia nurse caring for them before, during, and after each anesthetic procedure to ensure utmost comfort and safety. For patients not requiring general anesthesia, Dr. Jarrett routinely collaborates with the other VSH specialists on sedation and analgesic plans.

On the day of surgery, Dr. Jarrett is also available to meet with you and discuss any of your concerns regarding your pet’s care.

What is a board-certified anesthesiologist?

A veterinary anesthesiologist has completed advanced training after veterinary school to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA).

During a residency, there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous written and oral examination.

Why does my pet need an anesthesiologist?

Whenever an animal undergoes a procedure, there is always risk of complications, both during and after anesthesia. Some patients have a higher risk due to concurrent illness, injury, or type of procedure being performed. For these patients, our Anesthesia service can offer advanced monitoring, blood transfusions, an extensive pharmacy, and alternative anesthetic techniques to create the safest anesthesia experience for your pet.

Patients that may benefit from having specialty anesthesia care:

  • Neonatal pets
  • Geriatric pets
  • Pets with existing heart, kidney, and liver disease
  • Pets with endocrine and metabolic disorders for example: diabetes, hyperthyroid, hypothyroid, and Cushing’s disease
  • Critically ill pets
  • Pets who have recently sustained a trauma
  • Pets undergoing complicated, or highly invasive procedures