Ketamine is a short-acting, dissociative anesthetic used in both human and animal medicine for sedation. It allows for detachment of pain and the environment while providing hallucinogenic effects to the patient.1 In 1999, ketamine became a schedule III non-narcotic substance under the Federal Controlled Substance Act.2
Because ketamine does not suppress breathing or lower blood pressure, it is a common, safe, injectable anesthetic used in veterinary medicine.2 It is crucial that veterinarians have access to this drug, particularly in equine medicine.2 The AVMA has urged the FDA not to restrict ketamine use in veterinary medicine because of its profound importance in practice.3
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