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Mastering the “Uh oh!”: Real-Life Anesthesia Crises in Simulated Surgeries

Session 1: 8:00 am─12:00 pm

Session 2: 1:00─5:00 pm

**This 4-hour simulation is being offered twice. Once from 8:00 a.m. until noon and once from 1:00-5:00 p.m. They will be the same information in each simulation, just two different time slots to accommodate more people as each simulation can only hold 16 people.**

$200 additional registration fee. Pre-registration required. 16 spots are available for each session. 

Have you ever played the game of Operation and felt the thrill of terror while prying a wishbone out of a cardboard man? Have we got a level-up experience for you! We’re offering a limited number of Connexity veterinary and technician attendees an immersive anesthesia experience that includes the drama of real-life surgical scenarios with the benefit of a simulated patient, a “pause” button, and a friendly board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist standing by with the answers. Your team of four will rotate through common (albeit nerve-wrecking) anesthetic complications to challenge your ability to keep your blood pressure stable despite the fluctuations in your patient’s, followed by a thorough debriefing to cement your knowledge, build your team’s confidence, and leave everyone prepared for real-life back in your practice. These premier sessions WILL fill up fast so don your scrubs, mask up, grab a colleague, and prepare to enter the Connexity Surgical Suite— You can do this!


  • Demonstrate ability to correctly place physiologic monitoring equipment on an anesthetized patient
  • Mark and maintain an anesthetic record for an anesthetized canine patient
  • Identify signs of complications in an anesthetized dog
  • Institute appropriate management (depth of anesthesia, fluids) to address and manage complications
  • Respond to changes in heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, or any other physiologic parameter in a timely and appropriate fashion
  • Initiate direct communication with surgery room team members
  • Demonstrate ability to calculate and deliver fluid administration rates

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Robert D. Keegan, DVM


Rob Keegan has more than 30 years of clinical anesthesia, research, and teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels, and served as the anesthesia section head at the Washington State University (WSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital for more than 15 years. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Keegan was an associate veterinarian in private practice. He has extensive research experience in the area of cardiovascular effects of anesthetics and exercise physiology and has more than 25 years of computer programming experience with medical simulations and physiologic data acquisition. Recently, Dr. Keegan transitioned out of clinical anesthesia and became a founding faculty member of the WSU Simulation Based Education Section. Since 2016, he has taught anesthesia, physiology, and critical care laboratories using immersive simulation at WSU, and most recently at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine.




Andreza Conti Patara, DVM


I am originally from Brazil where I concluded the DVM at Sao Paulo State University (FMVZBotucatu), Master's and Ph.D. at the University of Sao Paulo (FMVZ-USP). After 10 years working in our own private practice - Vet Support, we moved to the USA to pursue an ECC residency at WSU. After the residency, I worked as an Emergency and Clinical Instructor at NCSU and I am currently working as a Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Faculty at Oklahoma State University. My research interests include sepsis and hemodynamic monitoring. My family is my main support and I enjoy my free time with them.

Lethea Russell, LVT

Lethea Russell

Lethea Russell, LVT; is the Coordinator of the Clinical Simulation Center at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Her career as a veterinary technician began in equine surgery with a focus on orthopedics and sports medicine.  After 22 years she made a career move when she decided to venture into teaching and simulation.  For the past six years, Lethea has assisted with the procurement and development of models and simulated cases in several areas of veterinary medicine, ranging from small animal emergency critical care, anesthesia, disaster preparedness, large animal dystocia, and colic management.  She has found that simulation followed by a debrief session allows students to explore and develop both skills and knowledge in a safe environment without consequences. Her favorite comment from students when they walk out of the simulation room is, “I won’t forget that ever!!!”  Whether she is creating a bleeding wound, accidentally administering an overdose to a simulated patient, portraying a hysterical client, or teaching in the moment, Lethea is proud of her role in simulation. She appreciates the opportunity to offer students, veterinarians, or technicians the chance to explore complicated real-life experiences.

Sallianne Schlacks, DVM

Sallianne Schlacks

Sallianne Schlacks is a veterinary internal medicine specialist and an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and completed her veterinary school training and internal medicine residency training at the University of Illinois.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arizona in 2020, Sallianne practiced at a large specialty hospital in Tucson, Arizona, for several years where she enjoyed the excitement, challenges, and client-patient relationships of clinical practice, but was drawn to the college due to her love of teaching and training. Her teaching interests include utilizing active learning strategies in the veterinary school classroom, including Team-Based Learning, Peer Instruction, and immersive simulation models to increase student engagement and provide more meaningful learning that is long-lasting. The feedback from students when these strategies have been utilized has been overwhelmingly positive and she is excited to continue honing and implementing these methods in the classroom.