Advanced Anesthesia and Comprehensive Pain Management

Appropriate anesthesia and pain management are critical to a successful procedure and smooth recovery. We know that you may be concerned about anesthesia and pain management provided during and after your pet’s procedure.

Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists is pleased to be the only veterinary practice in the Portland metro area with 2 Veterinary Technician Specialists in Anesthesia/Analgesia.

A Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) is a technician who has under gone specialized training in their field, as well as a rigorous application and certification exam. The Veterinary Technician who becomes certified as a VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia) demonstrates superior knowledge in the care and management of anesthesia cases (

Certification as a VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia) promotes patient safety, consumer protection, professionalism and excellence in anesthesia care.  The Veterinary Anesthesia arena is constantly changing so the attainment of competence is a continual activity (

At Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists, every pet undergoing surgery receives:

  • A thorough pre-anesthetic evaluation, including appropriate testing and laboratory analyses to better understand patient health before surgery
  • An individualized anesthetic and pain management plan designed to minimize risk of anesthetic complications and to maximize patient comfort
  • A VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia) technician dedicated exclusively to monitoring each pet’s vital signs and providing support prior to, during, and following anesthesia
  • Intravenous fluids, ventilator support, and intensive monitoring that includes blood pressures, pulse oximetry, expired carbon dioxide concentrations, ECG and body temperature (arterial blood gas analysis and arterial blood pressure monitoring is also performed as needed)
  • Analgesic therapy before, during and after surgery
  • Advanced anesthesia and pain management techniques, including, when appropriate, epidural anesthetics, constant rate infusions, and local and incisional blocks

At Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists, we encourage owners to be involved in maximizing post-operative pain relief for their pets. Pet owner education and follow-up after surgery are integral parts of our practice. Home care is advocated, whenever possible, to reduce patient stress and to aid in recovery from anesthesia and surgery.

Our pain treatment recommendations are guided by results of pre- and post-surgical evaluations, the type of procedure performed and severity of pain expected, and your observations about your pet’s behavior. Recommended treatments for pain following surgery may include analgesic and other medications, rest and restricted activity, and physical therapy.

Post discharge, you will receive a phone call from our lead surgery technician to check in on your pet’s recovery and answer any questions or concerns you may have.