Veterinary Anesthesia Toronto

Animal Health Partners ALICIA SKELDING

Alicia Skelding, DVM, MSc, DACVA

Head of Service
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Science, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
  • 3-year residency in Anesthesia and Analgesia, Ontario Veterinary College
  • 1-year rotating small animal internship at 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital
  • Master of Science degree in dairy genetics, University of Guelph
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College
  • Bachelor of Science degree, University of Guelph
  • Animal Health Partners RODRIGO AGUILERA

    Rodrigo Aguilera, DVM, Residency trained ACVA

    Veterinary Specialist
    Animal Health Partners ALEX FOCKEN

    Alex Focken, DVM

    Veterinary Intern
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • 1 year Small Animal Rotating Internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Bachelor of Sciences in Applied Animal Biology, University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
  • Anesthesiology services

    • General inhalant anesthesia using a balanced anesthetic technique
    • General anesthesia for minimally invasive surgery (thoracoscopy, laparoscopy)
    • Total intravenous anesthesia
    • Procedural sedation
    • Intensive anesthetic monitoring using multiparameter monitors with the capability of evaluating electrocardiogram, non-invasive and direct arterial blood pressure, pulse oximetry, capnography, end tidal anesthetic gas analysis and body temperature
    • Locoregional anesthesia via peripheral nerve stimulation
    • Epidural anesthesia
    • One lung ventilation

    Anesthesiology 1       

    Common reasons for referral

    • Anesthesia of patients with concurrent cardiovascular, respiratory or endocrine disease
    • Anesthesia of brachycephalic patients
    • Anesthesia for elective or emergency caesarean
    • Anesthesia of high risk and emergency patients
    • Anesthetic management of patients with difficult airways or requiring airway surgery
    • Anesthesia for minimally invasive surgical techniques and advanced imaging
    • Advanced anesthetic monitoring including direct arterial blood pressure and arterial blood gases

    Strengths of Services

    • The Anesthesiology Service consists of specially trained technicians and a board-certified Anesthesiologist whose sole responsibility is to oversee the anesthesia of the patient
    • Our board-certified Anesthesiologist underwent an extensive 3-year residency training program, following completion of their veterinary degree
    • An individualized anesthetic plan is created that is unique to each patient requiring general anesthesia or procedural sedation by the Anesthesia Service
    • We have advanced monitoring tools to increase patient safety during anesthesia and sedation
    • Specialized equipment includes: multiparamter monitors, anesthetic ventilators, peripheral nerve stimulator and in-house radiometer for blood gas analysis
    • The Anesthesiology Service collaborates across services to ensure patient care is optimal during anesthesia