Anesthesia and pain management

Anesthesia is the controlled, temporary loss of sensation, awareness and often consciousness induced for veterinary medical procedures.  Anesthesia may provide relief from pain as well (analgesia). Applications in horses can range from mild topical anesthetics to general anesthesia for invasive surgical procedures. 

Management of pain in horses is not only important when veterinary procedures are performed but also to manage acute conditions such as fractures and colic but also chronic conditions such as laminitis, navicular disease, and pleuropneumonia to name a few. 

Understanding the best methods to anesthetize an individual animal or area of the body as well as manage pain from a variety of sources requires an understanding of the cellular, biochemical and physiologic processes involved. See how our researchers are contributing to this understanding below.

Sinclair, MOntario Veterinary College, University of Guelph-Clinical Studies
Adler, AndyCarleton University, Systems and Computer Engineering
Arroyo, LuisOntario Veterinary College, University of Guelph– Clinical Studies
Cribb, NicolaOntario Veterinary College, University of Guelph – Clinical Studies

Areas of Equine Research

Ontario’s equine researchers investigate a wide range of issues involving horses and the horse industry. Click on a link below to see who’s working in that area.


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