Pain assessment in companion animals

15 Nov 2019
AVA/BVNA - Gallery Suite 21/22

This lecture is focused at the RVN in practice that would like to develop their understanding of pain assessment and pain pathways in companion animals. This lecture will start with a brief overview of pain pathways and neurophysiology of sensation in companion animals. It will then discuss the historic and newer ways of assessing pain in dogs and cats and their limitations. This will include a discussion about behavioural and There will be examples of patients suffering from a large variation of pain in order to aid the RVN in feeling more confident with their pain assessment in practice.

  • Learning points:
  • • Understand pain pathways
  • • Be aware of the available ways to assess pain in companion animals
  • • Be aware of the limitations of some pain scales
  • • Develop more of an understanding of chronic pain
Niamh Clancy, Anaesthesia Nurse, Queen Mother Hospital for Animals and Clinical Educator in Anaesthesia - Royal Veterinary College

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