45 Million Pets Suffer From Pain 

Veterinary Professionals to Learn New Techniques for Relief for Geriatric Patients, Alternatives to Opioids, and More During Free Virtual Summit 

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ORLANDO, FL – AUGUST 10, 2022 – Chronic pain is ubiquitous in companion animals affecting 20% of dogs and 40% of cats. Pain decreases mobility and activity, and can even cause behavior problems including aggression. Proactive and preemptive pain management are critical to improve the animal's quality of life.

Veterinary professionals will have the opportunity to learn the most up-to-date and effective methods of pain management at the North American Veterinary Community’s (NAVC) Level Up: Pain Management Summit Tuesday, August 16, 2022, hosted on the NAVC’s online learning platform, VetFolio.

Pet Pain Management

“More than 45 million pets experience chronic or acute pain. Fortunately, there are methods and options for managing pain that are improving all the time, offering new ways to help our pets feel better,” said NAVC Chief Veterinary Officer Dana Varble, DVM, CAE. “As we face more frequent medication shortages, it is also especially helpful for veterinary professionals to stay up-to-date on the wide variety of options for delivering effective multimodal pain management to patients, so they live longer and with a better quality of life.”

Led by renowned veterinary specialists, the Level Up: Pain Management sessions include:

  • Maximizing Analgesic Efficacy and Safety in Anesthetized Patients - Effective analgesia for the duration of pain is paramount to patient health, welfare and quality of life. In this session, Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA, President-Elect IVAPM will discuss how to maximize analgesia in anesthetized patients. Dr. Grubb will address the importance of multimodal analgesia in effective anesthesia protocols, and how to best accomplish this by examining the pain pathway.

  • Looking at a Local, but Thinking Outside the Blocks - Shauna Feldsher BS, CVT, CCFP, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia) will take a deeper look at lidocaine and the beneficial uses it has outside of locoregional anesthesia.

  • Limiting Opioid Use: By Force and Choice - Veterinary professionals have been taught that opioids are the gold standard for moderate to severe pain. Now many practices are having to reconsider inventory, home prescriptions, and balancing best practices with safety. In this session, Stephen J. Cital RVT, SRA, RLAT, CVPP, VTS-LAM (Res. Anesthesia) will discuss options for pain management less reliant on opioids and practical approaches for prescribing medications to go home.

The Level Up: Pain Management hour-long sessions begin at 6 p.m. EDT. Registered participants can receive up to three interactive continuing education hours.

The Level Up virtual series from the NAVC’s VirtualXP division launched in October 2021. Through VirtualXP, the NAVC provides a comprehensive portfolio of virtual learning and events customized to individual learning preferences. VirtualXP complements the NAVC’s industry-leading in-person events and includes interactive virtual summits, live webinars and the microlearning videos series VetFolio Bytes. All VirtualXP education is offered exclusively through the NAVC’s online learning platform, VetFolio.com.

About the NAVC

The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing veterinary professionals worldwide. The world’s leading provider of veterinary continuing education, the NAVC delivers essential training, tools and resources for veterinary professionals to stay abreast of advances in animal medicine and provide the best medical care for animals everywhere. Through its commitment to innovation and excellence, the NAVC has developed a diverse portfolio of products and services, including: educational events, headlined by VMX, the world’s largest, most comprehensive continuing education conference and launchpad for new products and innovations within the veterinary industry; a robust digital platform for virtual learning and engagement; the veterinary industry’s largest and award-winning portfolio of trade publications; and an advocacy arm which unites the veterinary community and pet lovers. The NAVC was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL. Since 2017, the NAVC has been recognized annually as one of the Top Workplaces by the Orlando Sentinel. To learn more about the NAVC’s products and brands, visit https://navc.com/. To see our schedule of upcoming events, visit https://navc.com/calendar/.


MEDIA CONTACT: Robin Pence | rpence@navc.com | M: +1.352.317.8651

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