What Is An Anesthesiology Specialist?

Some pet parents feel uneasy at the prospect of their pet undergoing anesthesia for a procedure. Veterinary anesthesia is widely used for pets in many medically necessary situations. Modern veterinary anesthesia techniques are considered extremely safe, though, as with any medical procedure, there are circumstances where complications can arise. Some pets are considered at a higher risk for these uncommon complications, including some older pets or those with certain pre-existing conditions. This is why we partner with a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist: Dr. Kirsten Wegner-Fowley. She is available to consult with your pet’s surgeon upon request, which is an incredible asset to our available services.

A board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist is a veterinarian who has undergone years of rigorous training in the field of anesthesia and pain management and has passed a comprehensive certifying exam. They are highly experienced in developing effective anesthetic and pain management plans and in providing advanced anesthesia medications and techniques safely during a medical procedure. Veterinary anesthesiology specialists are highly attuned to the subtle changes in your anesthetized pet that can occur during a procedure and prepared to manage a possible complication or adverse reaction to the medications.

Dr. Wegner-Fowley develops and oversees pain management protocols for all of our patients to improve the quality of recovery. She is also available to collaborate with your surgeon and develop a uniquely tailored anesthetic plan for pets that are considered “high risk,” or whose pet parents want an added support system during the procedure. She uses this plan to monitor your pet’s progress before, during, and after a procedure, ensuring comfort and the best possible outcome.

To request that your surgeon collaborate with Dr. Wegner-Fowley on your pet’s procedure, be sure to speak to your surgical team when scheduling.

Kirsten Wegner-Fowley, DVM, DACVAA

Originally from Tucson, AZ. Dr. Wegner-Fowley graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She completed her DVM degree at Oregon State University with two of the four years spent at Washington State University as part of the W.O.I. Program. Following graduation, she spent five years in private practice in Southern California including a rotating internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery and four years as a large animal ambulatory clinician in San Diego.

She eventually returned to academia to complete a residency in anesthesia and pain management with a research focus on opioid analgesics in cats at the University of Florida. She then completed two post-doctoral fellowships in pain medicine and pharmacology and spent several years as a faculty anesthesiologist at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to the West to teach and provide anesthesia consultations.

Anesthesia Services Include:

  • Anesthetic Planning, Monitoring & Management
  • Pain Management
  • Consultations for high-risk patients