Who is this course for?

Is this course for me?

First and foremost, this course if for our patients!

I’d like to think that if you are committing to completing this course, it is because you want to do the best for your patients and help your team provide the best pain management possible.

In terms of who should be completing this course…it is written with Veterinary Nurses in mind but would equally be appropriate for first opinion Vets looking for an up-to-date, evidence based overview of multimodal pain management and Physiotherapists who are passionate about pain...or the lack of it!

As veterinary professionals, we are duty bound to ensure the highest of welfare standards for our patients, and for me, pain management is at the top of my priority list!

This course will provide you with a extremely thorough overview of pain management focusing on the use of a holistic, mechanism-specific multimodal approach that involves the whole veterinary team, including vets, vet nurses, physiotherapists (and other paraprofessionals) and our clients!

With this broad but well-informed knowledge of pain management you will be able to approach your patients' pain with fresh eyes, be better able to engage with your clients and, as a team, provide a comprehensive multimodal pain management plan for your patients.

I hope that your newfound knowledge will boost your enthusiasm and confidence to allow you, in conjunction with your veterinary team, to develop and implement more robust pain management protocols/strategies, whether that be for your surgical patients or your senior pets struggling with arthritis.

There is a huge toolbox for us to take advantage of for any given situation and when plans are tailored to each individual patient, the results can be life changing for them.

The satisfaction of seeing happier, pain-free patients is what makes our profession so rewarding.

All our courses include small bitesize videos with an accompanying workbook, so you don't have to write a single word (unless you want an excuse to get your stationary out).

What you will learn...

This Course has 8 modules of content and this is a brief overview of what you will learn.

  • Understand that pain is not a stimulus but is something that is “experienced” by a patient and that perception of pain can be altered by their experiences (plasticity).

  • Understand that pain is different for every patient but that there are well-recognised “types” of pain that our patients experience including nociceptive and neuropathic pain.

  • Understand the difference between acute and chronic pain.

  • Understand the physiology of pain and appreciate the detrimental effects that pain can have on our patients' short-term, long-term physical and mental health.

  • Appreciate that there are different approaches to pain management: A) Mechanism-specific approach B) Biopsychosocial approach.

  • Have a knowledge of different techniques to aid in the mental stimulation of our patients to improve mental health and prevent depression.

  • Be able to recognise and assess pain in our small animal species (namely rabbits, cats, and dogs).

  • Understand and be able to explain the concept of multimodal analgesia.

  • Understand the clinical use of the different drug classes used in pain management and when they are most effectively used in relation to acute and chronic pain.

  • Understand that chronic pain is rarely managed effectively with pharmaceuticals alone.

What You Will Learn Cont'd

  • Understand the role of interventional techniques including intra-articular PRP, stem cells and steroids.

  • Be able to explain the role of biomodulation in chronic pain including the use of acupuncture, cryotherapy, ultrasound, LASER, shockwave, and magnetic field therapies.

  • Understand how hydrotherapy, therapeutic exercise and physiotherapy can help with pain.

  • Be confident to make suggestions to help your team develop safe, effective, and individualised pre-medication, peri-operative and post-operative acute pain management plans.

  • Be able to assess each outpatient you see as an individual and identify their chronic pain patterns to make appropriate recommendations to both your team and to your clients to assist in the development of a tailored multimodal chronic pain management plans.

Some important points you need to know.

  • How long is this course and do I get a certificate?

    Upon completion of this 20-Hour on-demand CPD Course, you will receive a certificate to download and keep for your records.

  • How long do I have access to this course?

    Great news is that you have lifetime access with your enrolment, so completely learn at your own pace and no stressful deadlines.

  • What do I get with this course?

    This course comes with a comprehensive 159 page course workbook, interactive activities and tasks to complete and a multiple choice quiz at the end to release your CPD accredited certificate for 20 Hours/Credits.

  • How is this course presented?

    Our courses are more than just a webinar.

    You will be taken through easy to digest bitesize chunks of learning, via a series of informative tutor video presented slides.

    Research shows, that online learning knowledge is easier to retain and absorb if video content is used rather than just audio, which is easier to just switch off from and become distracted. This way you can have a human connection to your tutor which is so important.

    So that's what we do...


BSc VetMB MA MRCVS GPCert (WVA&CPM) CCRT (Clinical Director and Veterinary Surgeon)

Emma Poore

I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2005 from Cambridge Vet School. I previously read for a Zoology degree at Cardiff University before fulfilling my dream and getting into Vet School. Once in practice I developed a passion for pain management and rehabilitation. I have undertaken extensive training and further certification in canine rehabilitation and sports medicine and also chronic pain management, including acupuncture. I love working with a range of sporting dogs, ensuring that they are maintained at peak fitness and helping them recover fully after injury or surgery to get them back to what they do best. I also adore taking care of our more senior patients to make sure that their twilight years are as happy and pain-free as possible. In my spare time I like to read books, meet with friends, walk my adopted 7-year-old black Labrador called JJ and grow my own fruit and veg!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to Emma and the Course

  • 2

    Downloadable Course Workbook

    • Course Workbook

  • 3

    Module 1: Ouch! that hurts!!!

  • 4

    Module 2: Are They Hurting and How Much?

    • Module 2 Introduction, Aims & Objectives

    • Unit 1; The importance and challenges of pain recognition and assessment

    • Unit 2; The consequences of pain in small animals

    • Unit 3; Pain scores and pain scoring

    • Unit 4; Pain recognition and scoring in rabbits

    • Unit 5; Pain recognition and scoring in cats

    • Unit 6; Pain recognition and scoring in dogs

  • 5

    Module 3; The Pharmaceutical ToolBox

  • 6

    Module 4: The Interventional Toolbox

  • 7

    Module 5: The complimentary toolbox

    • Module 5 Introduction, Aims & Objectives

    • Unit 1; The role of weight management and nutrition

    • Unit 2; Nutraceuticals

    • Unit 3; Acupuncture

    • Unit 4; Rehab/Physio - Electrotherapies

    • Unit 5; Rehab/Physio -Hydrotherapy

    • Unit 6; Rehab/Physio –Cold and Heat Therapies

    • Unit 7; Rehab/Physio -Therapeutic exercise

    • Unit 8; Rehab/Physio - Manual therapies

  • 8

    Module 6: Multimodal pain management – putting it all together

  • 9

    Module 7: My approach to multimodal pain management in general practice

  • 10

    End of Course Quiz

    • Multimodal Pain Management, End of course Quiz

  • 11

    End of course Module 8: Final words

    • Module 8; Final words

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