The Anesthesiology service works with many of the other services in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital to provide comprehensive anesthetic and pain management services for small and large domestic animals, as well as many exotic animals. 

The skilled and dedicated Anesthesiology service team includes dedicated Anesthesiology technicians and the only board-certified Anesthesiologists in Atlantic Canada, who work together to provide an exceptional standard of care for animals admitted to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Each patient is evaluated by the Anesthesiology service to determine the risks associated with anesthesia.  Anesthetic and analgesic (pain management) drugs, regional anesthetic (local and nerve blocks) techniques, patient monitoring, and appropriate supportive care are carefully selected to minimize the patient’s anesthetic risks and to ensure that each patient is as comfortable as possible.

Ahead of your appointment

Your pet’s appointment will be booked with one of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s primary care or specialty referral services.  Your pet’s clinical care team will work with the Anesthesiology service behind the scenes to create individual anesthetic and pain management protocols appropriate for your pet’s needs.  

As the teaching hospital for Atlantic Veterinary College veterinary students, our goal at the AVC-VTH is to provide exceptional veterinary care to your pet while also providing clinical teaching and instruction to our senior (final year) veterinary students, interns and residents.  The Anesthesiology service provides an exceptional learning environment for our students, with senior veterinary students participating in patient care under the direct supervision of a member of the Anesthesiology service team.

The Anesthesiology service has developed posters outlining anesthetic and pain management protocols and principles for small animals, and similar protocols and principles for large animals, in collaboration with the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

About us

The AVC-VTH is passionate about its goal to provide an outstanding level of health care for its animal patients while also providing clinical teaching and instruction to our senior (final year) Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students, interns and residents.[more]

Clinic hours

The AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital operates 8 AM to 10 PM 7-365. Our front desk is staffed from 8am until 11pm 7 days a week. Clients can call to make appointments, request prescription refills, or to make other general inquiries during those hours. Appointments for Community Practice and Specialty Services are scheduled from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm based on service availability. Clients with animal emergencies can call between 8 AM and 10 PM-7-365.

AVC Urgent & Emergency Primary Care
8am-10pm Mon-Sun

If you are a small animal pet owner experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 or our primary Emergency Service. If you are a registered large animal client of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (including Farm Service and Ambulatory Equine Service clients) and are experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 and our team will contact the appropriate on-call large animal clinician.

To make an appointment

AVC Small Animal Hospital
Companion animals, exotic animals, pocket pets, wildlife

AVC Large Animal Hospital
Horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and other farm animals

AVC Ambulatory Equine Services
On-farm and racetrack care for horses

AVC Farm Service
Herd health, on-farm and emergency service for cattle, pigs, fish and other farm animals