The WSAVA has launched a Global Pain Council to develop easily accessible practical guidelines on pain management and medication for veterinary staff, and roll out a related CE programme worldwide.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has launched a Global Pain Council (GPC) to raise the standard of pain management in small animals. 

Part of the GPC's British contingent: Dr Andrea Nolan, professor of veterinary pharmacology and senior vice-principal at the University of Glasgow.The council aims to develop easily accessible practical guidelines on pain management and medication for veterinary staff and to create a CE programme which can be rolled out around the world.

The GPC has been set up in response to challenges faced by the profession in diagnosing and managing pain in small animals and because of the unavailability of various analgesic agents around the world.

The council is chaired by Karol Mathews, professor emerita of emergency and critical care medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College.

Dr Mathews said: “Assessing and managing small animal pain is an issue of global significance.  Pain accompanies many of the common ailments affecting these animals but its treatment has not kept pace with its incidence, leading to what we believe to be a ‘treatment gap’.” 

During 2012, the council GPC will conduct research into existing pain assessment and management procedures throughout the world.

Based on this research, in early 2013, it will produce a ‘Global Pain Treatise’ for veterinarians around the world, providing a comprehensive resource on pain management that is designed to be of daily clinical relevance. Pain management CE programmes will be developed and rolled out globally later in 2013.

WSAVA president Jolle Kirpensteijn said: “The Global Pain Council will help us to raise awareness of the importance of pain management and to deliver on our vision of an empowered, motivated and unified profession, which effectively recognises and minimises the prevalence and impact of pain.”

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