Anesthesia at CVETS

The CVETS anesthesia department provides general anesthesia, local anesthesia, and pain management services for all specialties within the hospital. Services are available on both a scheduled and emergency basis.

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The Anesthesia Process

Every patient undergoing general anesthesia at CVETS has a specifically tailored protocol. The patient’s primary complaint often requires specific management of pain and systemic stabilization. With this in mind, the anesthesia team alters the anesthetic drugs and management plan based on the patient’s systemic needs, breed-related co-morbidities, history, the procedure being performed, and the concerns of the client. The anesthesia team aids the surgery, neurology, oncology, internal medicine, and critical care teams with guidance on drug protocols to aid in pain control and stabilization of any and all patients.

Our Features

Ultrasound-guided local blocks

One lung ventilation

Alternative approaches to securing an airway

Use of paralytics with neuromuscular blocking monitoring

Invasive blood pressure monitoring capabilities

Multi-modal approaches to pain control/management


Dr. Samantha Sedgwick, DVM, DACVAA

Dr. Samantha Sedgwick is a board-certified specialist in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia. She grew up riding horses in the US Virgin Islands, on the lovely island of St. Croix. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at the University of Tennessee while participating in two Division I sports: track and rowing. Dr. Sedgwick went on to attain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University in 2015. Following graduation, she completed her rotating internship at the world-renowned Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, where she honed her anesthesia and analgesia skills under the tutelage of the eminent equine anesthesiologist, Dr. John Hubbell. Her love of anesthesia spurred her pursuit of a residency in the Section of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at Cornell University Hospital for Animals, which she completed in 2021. During her residency, Dr. Sedgwick published work on blood pressure monitoring and alveolar recruitment using critical care ventilators, both in canine patients; she also co-authored a chapter on regional anesthesia for the textbook Equine Dentistry and Oral Surgery. Her clinical interests include pain management, regional anesthesia, stabilization of polytraumas under anesthesia, and the challenge of exotic zoo wildlife anesthesia.