Sunday, March 13 from 12-4 PM
Pain and Pain Management in Veterinary Medicine
by Tamara Grubb, DVM, DACVAA
Pain causes negative changes in our patient’s health, behavior and welfare. As veterinarians, we take an oath to “use scientific knowledge and skills for the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering…” (From the AVMA veterinarian’s oath), which means we promise to relieve pain. In these sessions we will discuss a variety of pain and analgesic topics with actionable information for both small and large animal species. Audience interaction is encouraged and appreciated.
The Pathophysiology of Pain & Building an Effective Analgesic Protocol for Acute Pain
Knowledge of the mammalian pain pathway and of the mechanisms of drugs promotes building of effective analgesic protocols. But what drugs really can/should be used together? Treatment of acute pain will be the focus of this discussion.
The Power of Local Anesthetics: Stop Pain in Its Tracks
Local anesthetics decrease intra- and postoperative pain and can decrease development of chronic pain. They are potent, easy to administer and cost effective. Local/regional blocks should be a part of EVERY analgesic protocol. Specific drugs and blocks will be described in detail.
Chronic Pain Treatment
Chronic pain is more than just lingering acute pain. Induced changes in the pain pathway can make chronic pain difficult to treat. Current and future chronic pain treatments – along with their myths and truths – will be discussed.
What Are They Hiding? Pain Assessment Tools, Tips & Techniques
Scientifically we know animals feel pain, but they are adept at hiding pain, making it difficult to detect. But detection is crucial for treatment. Species-specific pain assessment tools, tips and techniques for both veterinarians and animal owners will be presented.
Dr. Tamara Grubb is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia with a strong focus in pain management. She owns an anesthesia/analgesia/continuing education consulting practice which serves both small and large animals (VetAACE). Dr. Grubb is a national/international educator and lecturer, a certified acupuncturist, an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesia & Analgesia at Washington State and is President-Elect of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management’s (IVAPM). She is co-author of two books, including ‘Veterinary Anesthesia & Pain Management for Nurses & Technicians’. Dr. Grubb’s favorite achievement is winning the Distinguished Teaching Award at two Universities.
All attendees 5 and older will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have obtained a negative result of a test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the event. The WSVMA will also follow all state and local requirements, our hotel, convention and event center policies, and the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention at the time of the event regarding the wearing of masks. The WSVMA can change this policy at any time based on changing conditions in the COVID-19 pandemic and/or changes to city, county or state governmental policies.
More information about vaccine verification will be forthcoming. Questions surrounding this policy can be directed to the WSVMA office at [email protected] or by calling (425) 396-3191.