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VSS is proud to offer a specialist-led anaesthesia and analgesia service for our patients supported by our team of highly trained veterinary nurses. VSS is the only non-University referral hospital in Queensland to have a Board-Certified Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia® on staff. A Board-Certified Specialist is someone who has undertaken years of intensive training in a chosen discipline and has passed a rigorous series of examinations to demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge in that area.

How our veterinary anaesthesia team can help you

Sedation and anaesthesia are important aspects of the diagnosis and management of our patients. Patients that have been referred to VSS often have more than one disease or medical condition and the anaesthetic risk may be significantly increased as a consequence.

To minimise the risk associated with anaesthesia or sedation every patient has a specific plan tailored to their needs, including appropriate pain relief. We make a concerted effort to further reduce the risk of anaesthesia by having a highly trained nurse allocated to monitor that patient for the duration of the procedure and recovery from anaesthesia.

A variety of drugs and techniques are available such as epidural analgesia and localised nerve blocks to aid in providing the best possible patient care for your pet. We use advanced monitoring equipment and techniques to enable us to detect any changes in patient vital signs, allowing us to respond quickly to any problems that may arise.

Some of the types of cases we can provide advanced level anaesthesia for include:

  • Interventional cardiology cases or patients with cardiac disease
  • Trauma patients or patients with multiple injuries
  • Critically ill patients
  • Patients with neurological problems such as spine or brain surgery
  • Patients with chronic illness such as hyperthyroidism or liver disease
  • Cancer surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery
Anaesthesia team

Our locations in and around Brisbane and the Gold Coast


Open for consultations 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday. Emergencies available Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm. Hospitalised patients are cared for 24/7/365 by our team of veterinarians. MRI and CT machines available.


Open for consultations 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday. Hospitalised patients are cared for 24/7/365 by our team of veterinarians. CT machine available.


Referral and emergency hospital, staffed 24/7. CT machine available.

Our specialist anaesthesia team

To learn more about our specialist surgery team and the locations you'll find them, please visit the pages below: