Anaesthesia of gemsbok (Oryx gazella) with a combination of A3080, medetomidine and ketamine

D. Grobler, M. Bush, D. Jessup, W. Lance

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An effective anaesthesia protocol was developed for adult free-ranging gemsbok (Oryx gazella) using a combination of A3080, medetomidine and ketamine. A short induction time; good muscle relaxation, adequate oxygenation and stable heart rate and respiration rate characterised this anaesthetic regime. Equal doses of A3080 and medetomidine (22-45 μg/kg) plus 200 mg of ketamine were administered to each animal. The anaesthesia was rapidly and completely reversed by intramuscular naltrexone at a dose of X = 0.9 ± 0.2 mg/kg and atipamezole at a dose X ± 90 ± 20 μg/kg. No mortality or morbidity occured with this protocol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-83
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the South African Veterinary Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • A3080
  • Anaesthesia
  • Atipamezole
  • Gemsbok
  • Ketamine
  • Medetetomidine
  • Naltrexone
  • Oryx gazella
  • Oxygen saturation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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