Pedro Boscan

Service Head, Professor, Anesthesia and Pain Management Clinical Sciences


(970) 297-5005

About Pedro

I grew up in Venezuela spending a lot of time at my grandparents' farm in the country. From a young age I was interacting and working with animals. There are pictures of me riding horses before I could even walk! Growing up with domestic and wild animals instilled in me a strong desire to help all animals, small and large. I discovered how canny, fun, and intricate they are. I got my first dog when I was nine years old, rescued my first snake at 10, and broke my first horse at 14. To help animals and limit their suffering became my way of life. In veterinary school I was fascinated by the science, complexity, and differences among species. My new knowledge was going to help me save more lives. I furthered my education to become the best veterinarian I could. I did an anesthesia internship in the Netherlands, a MSc in Spain, followed with a PhD in England. I specialized in veterinary anesthesia and critical care at University of California, Davis where I learned to manage complex anesthesia and critical cases. As I wanted to practice the best veterinary medicine possible, I accepted a position here at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Since 2005 I have been one of the VTH anesthesiologists and an educator of future veterinarians. I am currently the anesthesia service chief with an extraordinary team of experts that allows our service to handle some of the most complex and difficult cases in the world. We manage the anesthesia for routine cases, such as spay, to more complex cases, such as brain and open-heart surgery, as well as managing intractable chronic pain. All patients receive the utmost care and dedication because anesthesia is a risky business. My areas of expertise with research and clinical trials include pain-analgesia, cardiovascular and respiratory integration, loco-regional anesthesia, anxiety-dysphoria, and management of anesthesia side-effects. Clinically, I work with all animal species and relish developing specific plans for each patient. Whether a horse has colic, a dog is anxious, a cat is angry, or a bird has an emergency, I tailor all our protocols and handling to their individual needs.


P. Boscan, J. Eickhoff, M. Moranville, J. Congdon, M. Rezende, D. Gibbons, H. Brzezowski, M. Asmus, J. Beac, Y. Bar-Am. Volume Calculation for Maxillary and Infraorbital Nerve Blocks in Cadaver Dogs. Submitted to Veterinary DentistryH. Ohmura, S.D. Stanley, P. Boscan, J.H. Jones. Changes in heart rate, heart rate variability and atrioventricular block during fasting in Thoroughbred horses. in press AJVR.Congdon JM., Marquez M., Niyom S., Boscan P. Sedation score and cardiovascular performance during intramuscular dexmedetomidine with and without atropine. in press JAVMA.K. Tam, M. Rezende, P. Boscan. Correlation between right atrium and jugular vein pressures in laterally recumbent horses. Submitted to VAA.Boscan P., Pypendop B.H., Siao K.T., Francey T., Dowers K., Cowgill L. and Ilkiw J.E. Fluid balance, glomerular filtration rate and urine output in dogs anesthetized for an orthopedic surgical procedure. AJVR 71(5): 501-7, 2010.P. Boscan, E. Monnet, K. Mama, D.C. Twedt, J. Congdon, E.P. Steffey. Maropitant an NK-1 Antagonist Decreases the Anesthetic Requirements During Visceral Stimulation of the Ovary in Dogs. in press AJVR.Boscan P., Rezende ML., Grimsrud K., Stanley SD., Mama KR., Steffey EP. Pharmacokinetic profile in relation to anaesthesia characteristics after a 5% micellar microemulsion of propofol in the horse. Br J Anaesth 104(3): 330-7, 2010.Case JB., Marvel SJ., Boscan P., Monnet E. Comparison of surgical time and postoperative pain among dogs following laparoscopic ovariectomy with one, two, or three instrument cannulas. in press JAVMA.R.L. Winter, J. Congdon, P. Boscan. Anesthesia Case of the Month. “Treatment of 3rd degree atrio-ventricular block with dobutamine and dopamine in anesthetized dogs” in press JAVMA.Rezende M.L., Boscan P., Stanley S.D., Mama K.R. and Steffey E.P. Evaluation of cardiovascular, respiratory, biochemical effects and anesthesia recovery in horses anesthetized with a 5% micellar microemulsion propofol formulation: single bolus and 3 hour continuous infusion. VAA 37(5): 440-450, 2010.J.M. Congdon, M. Marquez, S. Niyom, P. Boscan. Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Balance During Continuous Dexmedtomidine Infusion in Anesthetized Dogs. Submitted to VAA.B.M. Alvillar, K.R. Mama, J. Congdon, T. Ferreira, P. Boscan. Effect of epidural and intravenous use of the NK-1 receptor antagonist maropitant on the sevoflurane minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) in dogs. Submitted to VAA.Boscan P., Monnet E., Mama K., Twedt DC., Congdon J., Eickhoff CE., Steffey EP. A dog model to study ovary, ovarian ligament and visceral pain. in press VAA.