When an animal is in pain, or needs a diagnosis, therapy, or surgery, it will often require the expertise of a trained anesthesiologist or anesthesia technician.
Veterinary anesthesia is performed on a number of species, including domestic pets, birds, horses, livestock, farm animals, and wildlife.
Veterinary anesthesia technicians are trained to prepare, administer, and monitor anesthesia treatments.
Veterinary anesthesiologists must have not only graduated from veterinary school, but should also have advanced, formal training in anesthesiology.
Anesthesia technicians can hold an associate's or bachelor's degree in veterinary technology with certification in anesthesia.
The Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists awards certification for anesthetists called the VTS, after successful completion of relevant classes and an exam.