Anaesthesia in cattle (I)

General anaesthesia


  • R. S. Jones Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesia, University Department of Anaesthesia RLUH, University of Liverpool, P.O. Box 147 Liverpool, L69 3BX England



Whilst there have been considerable advances in general anaesthetic techniques in the bovine species in the past 30 years, the procedure can give rise to a variety of problems. The problems are mainly related to the relatively unique anatomy and physiology of the digestive and cardiopulmonary systems of the bovine species. Whilst there is a considerable reluctance in some centres to use general anaesthesia, except in extremely rare or exceptional circumstances, this should not be the general approach. It is only by the refinement of and familiarity with techniques of general anaesthesia that progress can be made. If careful attention is paid to the physiological and pathological problems that are likely to occur, it is possible to carry out general anaesthesia in cattle in a relatively safe manner.




How to Cite

Jones, R. S. (1994). Anaesthesia in cattle (I): General anaesthesia. The Bovine Practitioner, 1994(28), 1–7.