UC San Diego School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education
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BACKGROUND

In 2007, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) initiated the Veterinary Pain Short Course. The course was staffed by extremely competent basic scientists and clinicians.  It was accompanied by an exhaustive 380 page handout.

In 2012 the UCSD School of Medicine, in conjunction with the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), offered the second Short Course focusing on basic pain mechanisms and therapeutics.  We again brought in outstanding basic science researchers, clinicians and pain practitioners.  Course attendance more than doubled and feedback was overwhelmingly positive. 

In 2014 we aim to continue to provide veterinarians and pain specialists an in-depth review of current concepts in pain mechanisms while incorporating exciting new topics on animal consciousness and the physiologic alterations that impact pain processing and perception.  Our aim is to continue to provide insights into cutting edge new developments in therapeutics.  New to this year’s program is also a focus on implementing and growing a pain practice in clinical veterinary practices.

Thus, over the course of almost a decade the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has offered a series of Veterinary Pain Short Courses designed to address the growing appreciation by veterinarians of the pivotal role they play in actively diagnosing and managing the pain state and their appetite to understand though depth reviews of pain physiology and pathophysiology, the issues pertinent to this management and to the development of new therapeutics for the veterinary practice. We believe that these lecture series are among the most advanced and comprehensive courses designated for veterinarians on the topic of comparative pain.