UC San Diego School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education
(619) 543-7602 | ocme@ucsd.edu | cme.ucsd.edu

Welcome to the 2014 Veterinary Pain Short Course!


As interested parties in the study of pain in animals and humans, we are dedicated to providing veterinarians and animal researchers with the most current thinking related to pain practice.

The physiologic consequences of pain syndromes, in particular chronic pain syndromes, are far reaching. Investigation into areas beyond the scope of basic pain mechanisms is paving the way towards understanding how different physiologic conditions relate to the pain state. Two years ago we offered a 3-day conference on the current thinking related to basic pain mechanisms, a review of current and future pain directives related to pain therapeutics and review of small and large animal pain syndromes. The 2012 course was attended by over 175 veterinarians, academic and pharmaceutical animal researchers, and physicians.  

The 2014 Veterinary Pain Short Course conference objectives are:

  1. Review in depth the current knowledge of timely and noteworthy topics related to the physiologic basis of pain and nociceptive processing.
  2. Discuss the relationship of “nociception” to higher order processing of pain related information, e.g. emotionality and the pain experience.
  3. Review current issues in determining Quality of Life and pain assessment instruments in veterinary practice.
  4. Provide insight into development of current and future novel therapeutics in clinical pain management.
  5. Provide an in depth look into the role of the pain practitioner and the implementation of pain practice into a clinical veterinary practice.

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 focused post presentations panel discussions with 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 and Ashley Wiese