Training in Isoflurane Anaesthesia and Aseptic Surgery for Researchers and Animal Technicians

Dr John Inns MA, VetMB, MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine and
Small Animal Surgery) Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Eduction
Graduate Certificate in University Teaching


These two courses are designed for researchers and animal technicians working with rats and mice, who are new to anaesthesia and surgery or who require refresher training. Click on the course title for a brochure giving further details of course content, pre-requisites, material and equipment requirements and pricing. Courses are conducted in your workplace, using your equipment and facilities for your convenience and to increase the relevance of the learning experience. Small class sizes (maximum 4 participants) to ensure individualized instruction.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Prepare animals and equipment for isoflurane anaesthesia.
  • Administer an isoflurane anaesthetic.
  • Monitor anaesthesia and complete an anaesthetic record.
  • Provide post anaesthesia care to animals.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Prepare for sterile surgery (animal, equipment and surgeon)
  • Create and maintain a sterile surgical field
  • Perform basic surgical techniques (incise, suture, ligate)
  • Provide post surgical care to animals.


I am a veterinarian based in Melbourne and a qualified veterinary educator. I have taught anaesthesia and surgery to researchers, animal technicians and veterinary students at Sydney, Melbourne, RMIT and La Trobe Universities. I have developed courses in isoflurane anaesthesia and aseptic surgery aimed at researchers and animal technicians located in Melbourne. These courses adopt a pragmatic approach with a focus on the practical application of these techniques in a busy research environment. My gentle and friendly approach reduces the stress associated with learning in a hands-on workshop environment. My full profile is available on Linkedin.


I am available for training workshops on the following dates. Other dates may be available if requested, please email or phone me to enquire.

Wedneday 26th July 2017

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Wednesday 16th August 2017

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Wednesday 20th September 2017


Isoflurane Anaesthesia

$600 - 800 per participant

2 participants: $1600

3 participants: $2100

4 participants: $2400

Fundamentals of Aseptic Surgery

$800 - 1000 per participant

2 participants: $2000

3 participants: $2700

4 participants: $3200