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MULT110-0612: IVAPM Pain Management Core Review

INSTRUCTOR(S): Mark Epstein, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), CVA, CVPP, DAAPM (course coordinator)
Robin Downing, DVM, DAAPM, CCRP, CVA
Sheilah Robertson, DVM, DACVA (Anesthesiology)
Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVA
Tammy Grubb, DVM, MS, DACVA
Richard T. Wall, DVM, CCRP, DAAPM
Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, LVT, CVT, SRA
Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT
Laurie McCauley, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVC

COURSE OPEN: June 10-August 15, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Sundays, June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5; 9:00-11:00 pm 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 Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians actively interested in pain management for dogs and cats.

VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

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

This course consists of eight (8) two-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

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: There is no required textbook for this course.

Recommended textbooks:

About the Instructors:
The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management is a unique organization dedicated to promoting, enhancing, and advancing pain management in animals. The practice of pain medicine demands an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating multiple modalities to ensure the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the painful patient. The IVAPM represents the diverse scope of this field through membership from a variety of origins, including veterinarians, credentialed veterinary nurses, veterinary assistants, researchers, veterinary practice managers, etc. The integration of these perspectives is essential to treating pain in animals and establishing continuity of care.

Founded in 2003, the IVAPM intends to become the recognized leading forum and resource in animal pain for the veterinary profession through research, education, and advocacy.

Check out the IVAPM website for more details on membership and pain management certification:

Course Outline:
Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session June 17): Neurophysiology of Pain
Instructor(s): Robin Downing, DVM, DAAPM, CCRP, CVA
Week 2 (Real Time Session June 24): Neuropharmacology I
Instructor(s): Mike Petty, DVM, DAAPM, CMVA, CVP and Sheilah Robertson, DVM, DACVA (Anesthesiology)
Week 3 (Real Time Session July 1): Neuropharmacology II
Instructor(s): Mark Epstein, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), CVA, CVPP, DAAPM
Week 4 (Real Time Session July 8): Neuropharmacology III
Instructor(s): Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVA
Week 5 (Real Time Session July 15): Clinical Applications I - Acute Pain
Instructor(s): Tammy Grubb, DVM, MS, DACVA
Week 6 (Real Time Session July 22): Clinical Applications II - Non-pharmacologic Pain Management
Instructor(s): Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT and Laurie McCauley, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVC
Week 7 (Real Time Session July 29): Clinical Applications III - Chronic Pain Management
Instructor(s): Richard T. Wall, DVM, CCRP, DAAPM and Mary Ellen Goldberg, BS, LVT, CVT, SRA
Week 8 (Real Time Session August 5): Clinical Applications IV - Emerging Modalities
Instructor(s): Mike Petty, DVM, DAAPM, CMVA, CVP

Tuition: Member $320
Non-Member $459

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval 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: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* 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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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
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