University Animal Care

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Large Animal Procedure Scheduling

Large Animal Procedure Scheduling

Guiding Principles:

  1. Large animal procedures are scheduled Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm.  Exceptions are rarely granted and must be approved in advance by a UAC DVM.  Major survival surgery is preferred on Mon-Wed with Thurs-Fri dates subject to approval by UAC Veterinarian.   Post-op care extending into the weekend (5pm on Friday through 8am Monday) will incur additional fees.   

  2. Major surgery and general anesthesia requests must be scheduled at least 1 week in advance (2 weeks preferred). 

  3. Minor procedures and sedation requests must be scheduled at least 3 days in advance (1 week preferred).

  4. All major surgical procedures must begin by 10am.

  5. Minor procedures must begin by 2pm. 

  6. Cancellation of procedures should occur as soon as possible.  At least 72 hours advance notice is preferred to allow UAC time to accommodate other users.

  7. If cancellation occurs after animals are anesthetized, all costs incurred will be recharged to the user, and the IACUC may be notified to report unnecessary pain and distress.

  8. A UAC DVM must be available for immediate consult and response during all large animal procedures that require general anesthesia. 

  9. A UAC DVM must be present the first time a surgical procedure is performed (or more often as deemed necessary) and for any significant change to the procedure.

  10. At least one UAC veterinarian or veterinary technician will be present when large animals are anesthetized. 

  11. At least one UAC vet tech per large animal should be assigned to monitor anesthesia. 

  12. One UAC vet tech should remain unassigned for ½ day to manage clinical cases and emergencies. 

  13. Highly qualified laboratory personnel with veterinary or veterinary technical expertise may request the ability to anesthetize or sedate large animals without direct involvement of UAC veterinary care personnel.  A UAC DVM must approve these requests in advance.


  1. PI initiates request by electronically filling out Surgery Scheduling Request form.

  2. Requests must be submitted to

  3. Requests checked against guiding principles, vet services calendar, and leave calendar. 

  4. If sufficient resources are available, date reserved. An NPO form must be submitted 48 hours in advance or on Friday before a Monday procedure.

  5. If not, negotiate with PI for alternative dates and reserve.


  1. Major Surgery/Procedure: Procedures requiring general anesthesia. Examples- MRI studies, any surgery that requires opening a body cavity like the thorax or abdomen, orthopedic surgery, any procedure the vet staff deems too painful or stressful to be done under sedation alone

  2. Minor Procedures: Procedures done awake or under sedation. Examples- blood draws, punch biopsy, c-arm imaging

  3. General Anesthesia: Use of medication, inhaled or injected, that produces a deep sleep such that animals are immobilized and unable to feel pain. Often requires endotracheal intubation, fluid therapy and extensive physiologic monitoring equipment.

  4. Sedation: Use of medication, typically injected, that produces lighter sleep to reduce mobility and stress of an animal during a procedure. Often requires use of minor physiologic monitoring equipment.