Regional Anaesthesia for Stifle & Distal Hindlimb Procedures in Dogs/Cats

Small Animal

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3 Hours

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Thu, 01 January, 1970

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Thu, 01 January, 1970




Anaesthesia & Pain Management

Diagnostic Imaging



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Recorded on: 9th March 2023


Chiara Adami   DVM, MRCVS, PGCert. (Vet.Ed.), DACVAA, DECVAA, PhD - University of Cambridge, UK
Luis Campoy   LV CertVA, DECVAA, MRCVS - Cornell University, USA
Flavio A. V. Freitag   DVM, MSc, DVSc - Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada


Matt Read   DVM, MVSc, DACVAA - MedVet Columbus, USA



Surgeries of the stifle and distal pelvic limb are some of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in small animal practice. The use of regional anaesthesia has revolutionized hospital flow, case throughput and, in particular, our ability to provide perioperative analgesia and optimal care for patients undergoing these painful procedures. The list of possible techniques has grown exponentially over the last 20 years and there is often confusion over which technique to use and when to use it. Many veterinarians may find themselves asking “Which block should I perform?”, “Is one approach better than another?”, “Should I just perform an epidural?”, “Should I use nerve stimulation or can I just do the block blindly?”, or “Is it worth learning how to use ultrasound to perform my blocks?”. 

Join our panel of internationally renowned anaesthesia and pain management specialists for an interactive discussion covering the ins and outs of delivering regional anaesthesia for stifle and distal hindlimb procedures. We will discuss what information experts in the field use to decide which technique to perform on a patient, how to select which drug and dose to administer, what equipment to use, the pros and cons of the various techniques that are possible (e.g., blind, nerve stimulator-guided, ultrasound-guided), and their personal preferences. Differences in decision making between when working with different species will be discussed, as will controversial aspects of the various blocks and what types of new techniques are in development and on the horizon. 

Whether you are new to the idea of using regional anaesthesia for hindlimb procedures and simply want to improve your level of patient care, or are a seasoned practitioner of nerve blocks and want to refine your approach by hearing what experts are doing and how they got there, you will find this session invaluable to your professional development.   


Chiara graduated cum laude at the University of Perugia, Italy. In 2009 she started a Residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at the Teaching Hospital of the University of Berne, Switzerland, where she continued working as Clinical Lecturer after she became a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, in 2013.

In 2015 she was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College (University of London), and since 2021 she works at the Department of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Cambridge (current role: Associate Professor in Veterinary Anaesthesia). 

Chiara has authored more than 70 scientific articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals and is regularly invited as speaker on Small Animal Anaesthesia at national and international courses/conferences. Her research focuses on anaesthesia and analgesia of non-conventional animal species and management of both acute and chronic pain in companion animals.

Graduated in Veterinary Medicine at PUCPR (Curitiba, PR-Brazil), Flavio pursued a 2-years residency program in Veterinary Anesthesiology at UFPR (Curitiba, PR-Brazil), followed by a Master in Veterinary Sciences in the same institution, with a focus in Veterinary Anesthesiology and Ultrasound-Guided Local blocks. After that moved to Canada, to pursue his Anesthesia Residency and Doctor of Veterinary Sciences at the Ontario Veterinary College (Guelph, ON-Canada). Currently started the Anesthesia service and is the Veterinarian responsible for anesthesia at the Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador (Mount Pearl, NL-Canada). With interest in veterinary anesthesiology and analgesia in all species.

Dr. Campoy is a Clinical Professor and Section Chief of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. A native of Spain, Dr. Campoy received his veterinary degree from Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain) in 1995. After some time in private practice, he completed an internship at the aforementioned University. Subsequently, Dr Campoy completed his residency in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at University College Dublin (Ireland). He attained diplomate status from the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2004. Dr. Campoy also holds a Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Research interests for Dr. Campoy are focused on locoregional anesthetic techniques for all species with a focus on dogs and horses. He has co-authored numerous peer reviewed publications on this topic as well as some of the leading texts in locoregional anesthesia.

Dr. Matt Read graduated with a DVM with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Canada in 1998. Following graduation, he completed a residency in veterinary anesthesiology and a Master of Veterinary Science. He became board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) in 2002.

Following his residency, Matt taught at the University of Georgia for two years before returning to Canada and developing and supervising the anesthesia services in two large specialty hospitals in Toronto and Calgary between 2003 and 2010. In 2010, Matt joined the University of Calgary as an Associate Professor where he taught in the DVM program and also served as Assistant Dean, Admissions.

In 2018, Matt moved to Columbus, Ohio where he is now working as an anesthesiologist and serving as Specialty Team Leader - Anesthesiology for MedVet, a family of emergency and specialty hospitals with more than 30 locations across the USA.

Matt has delivered over 100 lectures and workshops around the world and is currently preparing the second edition of a textbook, Small Animal Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia.

He dreams of someday going into space and opening an ice cream shop in the Caribbean, not necessarily in that order.

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