Anesthetic Monitoring Teaching Module


This teaching module is RACE-approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Continuing Education (RACE).

Upon completion of this learning aid, the participant will have a basic clinical understanding of anesthetic monitoring of exotic animal patients: birds, exotic companion mammals, and reptiles. All content is available as review articles. “Monitoring Anesthetic Depth in Exotic Animals” is also available as an approximately 25-minute recording (see below).


Monitoring ANESTHETIC DEPTH in Exotic Animals

Bearded Dragon dopler
BLOOD PRESSURE Monitoring in Exotic Animal Species

A non-invasive blood pressure cuff placed on the wing of a whooping crane
Estimated reading time ~ 27 minutes

OR view the ~23-minute recording below
Estimated reading time ~ 11 minutes
CAPNOMETRY in Exotic Animal Species

Confirmation of nasotracheal intubation in a rabbit using capnography
ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY in Exotic Animal Species

Turtle electrogardiography
Estimated reading time ~ 13 minutesEstimated reading time ~ 7 minutes
PULSE OXIMETRY in Exotic Animal Species

bearded dragon pulse ox Lafferty
Monitoring VITAL SIGNS in Exotic Animal Species

gpig stethescope
Estimated reading time ~ 9 minutesEstimated reading time ~ 18 minutes

Anesthetic depth recording

Video 1. After viewing this approximately 23-minute slideshow, the viewer will have a basic understanding of anesthetic monitoring of central nervous system depression in exotic animal patients. More detailed information is available in the article version of this content, however it is not necessary to read the article to complete the quiz (see syllabus above). Narrated by Dr. Christal Pollock.



After completing all components of the syllabus, take the brief quiz to earn 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE approval. With a passing grade of 70% or higher, you will earn a continuing education certificate for download.

Test your knowledge

RACE approval

This program is approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Continuing Education (RACE) to offer a total of 1.00 CE credits to any one veterinarian and/or 1.00 veterinary technician CE credit. This RACE approval is for Category: Medical Program using the delivery method of Non-Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board’s CE requirements.

To cite this page: Pollock C. Anesthetic monitoring teaching module. LafeberVet web site. Oct 1, 2020. Available at