FVE has adopted the position paper on anaesthesia. Throughout this paper, FVE wants to oppose the use of veterinary anaesthetics in animals by lay people or without the direct supervision of a veterinarian. FVE asks policymakers to strictly regulate access to general and local anaesthetics and to retain the use of anaesthesia to animals as a “veterinary act”.
The health and welfare of animals, as well as the safety of operators and public health, should always overrule economic reasons.
Anaesthetics are hazardous medicinal products and anaesthesia is a process that requires very specialised knowledge.