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Our anesthesia team consists of highly trained and experienced nurses, some who have achieved specialty certification in anesthesia by the nationally recognized veterinary technician specialty association. Our goal is to provide the most effective, safe anesthetic, and a pain ­free surgical experience. Our anesthesia team reviews each case and tailors a plan for each individual patient in order to achieve this goal.

Our operating rooms, MRI and CT are equipped with state-­of-­the-­art monitors that provide the same gold standard of care as human hospitals. All patients under anesthesia have vital parameters closely monitored by a dedicated member of the anesthesia team. When recovering from anesthesia, patients are continuously monitored to ensure a safe, comfortable and pain-free recovery. On the day of surgery, our anesthesia team is available to meet with you and discuss any of your concerns regarding your pet’s care.

About Anesthesia and Specialty Anesthesia Care

Anesthesia permits us to perform surgery and other procedures that cannot be done on awake or unsedated animals. The techniques we use are very similar to those used on people. Modern day veterinary anesthesia is generally safe for many pets and routine surgeries. However, some illnesses, injuries and types of procedures have an increased risk of complications during and after anesthesia. In these cases, our specialty 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

Our Anesthesia team works extensively with all the CARES specialists to ensure continuity of care hospital­ wide. From the time you bring your pet to CARES, to the time you bring them home, the anesthesia department will supervise patients to minimize the risk of adverse effects at all stages of hospitalization.

Pain Management

Pets experience pain just like humans do. Pain can be associated with an acute injury, surgery or chronic medical conditions like arthritis and cancer. Uncontrolled pain can lead to longer hospitalization and recovery after surgery. For patients with chronic pain, decreased mobility can impact quality of life. Our anesthesia team has additional training in order to recognize and manage all types of pain. They work closely with each specialty service at CARES to formulate a plan specific to each patient’s needs. Your pet will also leave the hospital with medication to ensure their comfort at home.


Tues - Fri
9AM - 5PM

Team Members

Kathryn Zatroch, DVM, DACVAA
DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia