UC San Diego School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education
(858) 534-3940 | ocme@ucsd.edu | cme.ucsd.edu

Welcome to the 2016 Veterinary Pain Short Course!

Dear Colleagues:

As organizers of the previous University of California San Diego Veterinary Pain Short Courses we are pleased to announce the International Veterinary Association for Pain Management (IVAPM), the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) and UC San Diego have partnered again to bring the 4th installment to be held July 27-30, 2016.

The overall aim of these courses has been to provide state of the art information on fundamental issues in pain and the use of analgesics in the veterinary patient. In 2016, focus will be on pain in the veterinary patient, actions of current analgesics and development of new veterinary analgesics. 

A lecture and case-based discussion program has been developed focusing on:

  1. Epidemiology of pain in veterinary practice
  2. Legal and ethical imperatives for pain management in the veterinary patient
  3. Pain pathways and targets for novel therapeutics
  4. Companion animal clinical trial models
  5. Current veterinary analgesic drugs including NSAIDs, alpha 2, opioids, cannabinoids, and local anesthetics
  6. Regulatory pathways for development and approval of new/novel veterinary analgesics

We have again gathered the leading experts in the field of neurobiology and pain to participate in this course. Each individual is given ample time to establish their thesis and also enough time for strong audience interactions. We anticipate that this will enable an in depth consideration valuable to both speakers and the participants. The course is approved for 15 hours of Continuing Education credit.

We really look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

Tony Yaksh, Bill Muir, Mark Epstein  and Ashley Wiese

Target Audience

This course was designed for: i) veterinarians and animal researchers interested in the study of pain in animals and humans;  ii) pharmaceutical researchers and companies interested in the development of veterinary analgesics.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review, in depth, the current knowledge of timely and noteworthy topics related to the physiologic basis of pain and nociceptive processing.
  • Review current issues in determining quality of life and pain assessment instruments in veterinary practice.
  • Provide insight into development of current and future novel therapeutics in clinical pain management.
  • Understand  the  development process for veterinary pain, therapeutics from the perspective of the drug developer and the Veterinary FDA.