Anaesthetic nursing of reptiles in practice

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Monitoring anaesthesia in reptiles can be daunting for the RVN, but with increasing numbers of reptiles being seen and treated in practice it is more important than ever for the RVN to understand how to monitor anaesthesia safely in these patients. The usual monitoring tools can be used in reptile anaesthesia, but there are some differences when compared with their use in mammals. Such differences are highlighted here, alongside useful practical information of what to expect during the induction, maintenance and recovery phases of anaesthesia, and how best to monitor an anaesthetised reptile throughout each stage.

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