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MULT110-0611: IVAPM Pain Management Core Review

Mark Epstein, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), CVA, CVPP, DAAPM (course coordinator)
Robin Downing, DVM, DAAPM, CCRP, CVA
Juhana Honkavaara, DVM
Sheilah Robertson, DVM, DACVA (Anesthesiology)
Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVA
Tammy Grubb, DVM, MS, DACVA
Christine Slowiak, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (ECC)
Richard T. Wall, DVM, CCRP
Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, LVT, CVT, SRA
Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT
Laurie McCauley, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVC
COURSE OPEN: June 12 - August 24, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Sundays, June 19, 26, break on July 3, class resumes July 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7 and 14; 9:00pm-11:00pm ET (USA)

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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first RTS. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: Participants in this course should be well versed in basic canine and feline anatomy and physiology; this course is geared toward any veterinary staff member interested in pain management.
VIN CE course: open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/VSPN members. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary staff.

Course Description:
This course is a comprehensive review of the most contemporary concepts of pain management in dogs and cats, from neurobiology to neuropharmacology to physical modalities, and "pulling it all together" in applications across a broad spectrum of clinical presentations.

The course may also be used as a review and study tool for IVAPM's Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) examination.

This course consists of eight (8) 2 hour Real Time Sessions; library; interactive message board discussions; and a mandatory end of course quiz (80% score needed) designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook:
Recommended textbook:
Handbook of Veterinary Pain Management, 2nd edition, by James S. Gaynor, DVM, MS, DACVA DAAPM and William W. Muir III, DVM, MSc, Ph.D, DACVA, DACVECC, 2008.
Available in the VIN bookstore (login for VIN/VSPN member discount):

Pain Management For the Small Animal Practitioner, 2nd edition (Made Easy Series (Jackson, WY)) by William J. Tranquilli, 2004.
Available in the VIN bookstore (login for VIN/VSPN member discount):

About the Instructors: The instructors are all on the Board of Directors or affiliated with IVAPM ( The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management is a multi-disciplinary organization that seeks to promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge related to the biology and clinical treatment of pain in animals. Stakeholders in this process include a wide cross-section of individuals. The Academy seeks to: provide forums for communication among all interested parties of knowledge concerning the biology and treatment of animal pain, provide continuing education in the area of pain recognition and treatment, and establish a process whereby veterinarians with a special interest in the area of animal pain management can meet a set of prescribed objectives that will ultimately lead to certification as a specialist in the management of animal pain. Finally, the Academy seeks to promote humane, scientific investigation into the biology of animal pain and the assessment of the efficacy of defined treatment modalities.

Course Outline:
Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session June 19): Neurophysiology of Pain
Instructor(s): Robin Downing, DVM, DAAPM, CCRP, CVA

Week 2: (Real Time Session June 26): Neuropharmacology I
Instructor(s): Mike Petty, DVM, DAAPM, CMVA, CVPP and Sheilah Robertson, DVM, DACVA (Anesthesiology); additional content by Juhana Honkavaara, DVM
Content: Break

Week 3: (Real Time Session July 10): Neuropharmacology II
Instructor(s): Mark Epstein, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), CVA, CVPP, DAAPM

Week 4: (Real Time Session July 17): Neuropharmacology III
Instructor(s): Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVA
Content: Week 5: (Real Time Session July 24): Clinical Applications I - Acute Pain
Instructor(s): Tammy Grubb, DVM, MS, DACVA and Christine Slowiak, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (ECC)
Content: Week 6: (Real Time Session July 31): Clinical Applications II - Non-pharmacologic Pain Management
Instructor(s): Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT and Laurie McCauley, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVC
Content: Week 7: (Real Time Session August 7): Clinical Applications III - Chronic Pain Management
Instructor(s): Richard T. Wall, DVM, CCRP, Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, LVT, CVT, SRA and Christine Slowiak, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (ECC)
Content: Week 8: (Real Time Session August 14): Clinical Applications IV - Emerging Modalities
Instructor(s): Mike Petty, DVM, DAAPM, CMVA, CVPP
Content: CE CREDITS: 16

Tuition: $320 ($288 early bird special if enrolled by May 29, 2011).

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Note: "This course has been approved for 16 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (This policy does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.
Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

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