Who is a Veterinary Anesthesiologist?
A veterinary anesthesiologist is a board-certified specialist in anesthesia and analgesia (pain management). An anesthesiologist undergoes extensive training to assess and mitigate anesthetic risks, maintain and monitor the physiologic well-being of an anesthetized patient, and providing the highest levels of perioperative patient care, including pain management. This training involves completing veterinary school to become a veterinarian (4 years), an internship program (minimum of 1 year), and an approved 3-year anesthesia and analgesia residency training program. After this training, the veterinarian must then complete and pass multi-day examinations to become a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist. Our anesthesiologist, Dr. Matt Milloway, is board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA).
What Does Our Anesthesiologist and Anesthesia Team Do?
Dr. Milloway leads an experienced and skilled team of veterinary technicians, all of whom are working toward becoming veterinary technician specialists in anesthesia. Our highly skilled anesthesia team provides general anesthesia for all our specialty and emergency services, including pets with significant and/or multiple illnesses (e.g., brachycephalic dogs, animals with kidney or cardiac disease, etc.) or for more advanced surgical and interventional procedures (e.g., craniectomies, thoracotomies, advanced abdominal surgeries, and advanced interventional procedures).
Some of the equipment our anesthesia team use includes:
- Advanced anesthetic stations with inbuilt ventilators and multiparameter monitors
- Multiparameter monitors, including invasive blood pressure monitoring
- Ultrasound for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia
- Continuous rate infusion pumps for analgesia and blood pressure management
- Intravenous fluid pumps
Dr. Milloway is also able to provide advanced treatment for the management acute and chronic pain for patients with a variety of different conditions with the availability of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. This unique ability of the anesthesia service at Capital City Specialty & Emergency Animal Hospital results in vastly improved patient comfort, safety, and outcomes for both surgical and non-surgical patients.