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What is Anesthesia & Pain Management?
Our team of board-certified anesthesiologists and highly trained anesthesia technicians exists to provide safe, optimal conditions for your pet during every moment of a surgery and to make operative procedures and postoperative care as comfortable as possible for your pet.
Every anesthetic or pain management case is considered of major importance. Our team is constantly on guard for changes in respiratory and cardiovascular activity, or unexpected events which, although rare, may occur during surgery.

What Do We Do?

We provide anesthesia and pain management tailored to each individual patient, with the goal of facilitating diagnostic and surgical procedures for large, small, and exotic animals. We are equipped and trained to monitor your animal throughout many stages of care, including:
  • Pre-anesthetic evaluation and treatment
  • Medical management of patients and their anesthetic procedures
  • Post-anesthetic evaluation and treatment
  • Management of post surgical pain, as well as pain associated with other medical situations
  • Management of chronic pain

What is Anesthesia?

Anesthesia is a complete or partial loss of physical sensation. While under certain types of anesthesia your pet is unconscious, which is why they undergo continuous physiological monitoring to ensure safety.

What is Pain Management?

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience (a perception) that elicits protective motor actions, and is capable of modifying species-specific behavior, including social behavior. Pain management is an approach to reducing pain and suffering associated with post operative patients or patients in other medical situations.


 Our Anesthesia Process


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Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road

​(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205

If you have a question about your animal's anesthesia or pain management, please ask the veterinarian assigned to your case.