ANSC 261: Anesthesiology and Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians

Credits 3 Lecture Hours 3
This course will focus on dental anatomy, common dental diseases, and basic dental procedures. Topics will include proper charting, routine periodontal care, anesthesia, patient monitoring, analgesia, post-op concerns, and homecare for clients. Dental equipment and instruments will be reviewed in preparation for the concurrent lab (ANSC 261L).

Admission in the Veterinary Technology Program and a grade of “C” or better in all completed ANSC courses


Co-registration in ANSC 261L.

Course Outcomes
  • Explain all aspects of anesthetic monitoring.
  • Understand the proper operation of anesthetic delivery equipment and monitoring instruments.
  • Understand and integrate all aspects of patient management for common dental procedures in companion animal species.
  • Identify and provide appropriate instruments, supplies and environment to maintain asepsis during dental procedures.
  • Understand the principles of routine dental care and be able to make recommendations to pet owners.
  • Recognize the levels of periodontal disease and how it affects a patient’s overall health.
  • Identify normal dental anatomy of common veterinary species.