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The Impact of Pain

Course Overview

Pain is not just physically unpleasant for animals. Beyond physiological symptoms such as GI dysfunction, immunosuppression and delayed wound healing, pain also affects animals emotionally and increases FAS. If not controlled, acute pain can lead to central sensitization, chronic pain states, increased morbidity and increased mortality.

If left untreated for too long, pain can become maladaptive and lead to a vicious cycle of reduced activity, weaker muscles, even less exercise, and even more pain. This course will show the importance of treating pain early and why doing so can lessen its overall impact on patients.

This course, approved for 1 RACE CE hour, was written by Dr. Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVA, UTCVM.

This course consists of 6 lessons. 

  • Lesson 1: Defining and Classifying Pain
  • Lesson 2: Surgical and Post-Operative Pain
  • Lesson 3: Chronic Pain
  • Lesson 4: Pain from Cancer
  • Lesson 5: Impact on the Human-Animal Bond
  • Lesson 6: Modern Analgesic Therapies

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You must be a certified veterinary professional to sign up for this course

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