October 14 - 15, 2021, MALMÖ and online

Acute and chronic pain management in cats and dogs

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This course will cover the principles of acute and chronic pain management in cats and dogs. The first day will focus on acute pain management – principles of pain management and strategies for pain control as well as the major drugs used to manage acute pain. It will also highlight current thinking about acute pain assessment in cats and dogs. The second day will focus mainly on chronic pain management – underlying mechanisms and drugs (existing and drugs that are on the horizon) used to control chronic pain. The end of the day will recap on where we are with pain management in cats and dogs and include some case discussions.


The target group are veterinarians in small animal practice.

Day 1: acute pain management
  • Pathophysiology of pain & strategies for pain control
  • Acute pain assessment in cats and dogs
  • Opioids – choosing the appropriate opioid for the appropriate case
  • NSAIDs for acute pain relief
  • Adjunctive analgesia agents – evidence for use and clinical use
  • Local anaesthetic techniques
Day 2: Chronic pain management
  • Chronic pain: a heterogenic disease - predictors, construct, challenges of measurement
  • The placebo response and pain: understanding mechanisms and their importance in pain medicine
  • Measuring chronic pain using clinical metrology instruments
  • Drugs to manage chronic pain and their evidence base
  • New emerging drugs to manage chronic pain
  • Paracetamol and metamizole – are they useful in chronic pain management?
  • Case discussions – acute and chronic pain
  • Analgesia: the past, the present, the future

Course language is English. The course is held both as an attendance course and online. If covid-19 restrictions is applied, the course will take place entirely online. Register by following the link in the right margin. You will receive an email with a confirmation and practical information when you register. Please read our cancellation policy.


Jo Murrell BVSc. (hons), PhD, DiplECVAA, MRCVS

Jo Murrell has spent most of her career in academia, most recently at Bristol University from 2007-2018. While at Bristol she focussed her time on pain research and clinical anaesthesia and has carried out many studies investigating pain mechanisms and clinical analgesic protocols in cats, dogs and horses. These studies have contributed to the Market Authorisation of methadone and buprenorphine in dogs and cats and buprenorphine in horses. Her work has also clearly demonstrated upregulation of pain pathways in dogs with osteoarthritis, highlighting the need for aggressive pain management in these patients.

She has been a Diplomate of the European College in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia since 2002 and enjoys the challenges of clinical anaesthesia. Jo is a member of the WSAVA Global Pain Council and is passionate about providing best practice in analgesia to cats and dogs. She has recently joined the team at Highcroft Veterinary Referrals, Bristol to continue her career in clinical practice.

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