College of Veterinary Medicine

Continuing Education for Veterinarians

Beyond NSAIDs: what can we do to treat chronic pain?  


Dr. Tammy Grubb
Assistant Clinical Professor,
Anesthesia & Analgesia
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This course is for veterinarians

One hour, one CE Credit: $50   

Select any 2 week period through December 2013 during which you can access this course.

In the last decade we have seen a substantial increase in the life span of veterinary patients and with this increased longevity comes a new set of problems, including chronic pain. Patients with chronic pain are becoming a large portion of our caseload in veterinary medicine. Unfortunately, chronic pain is not always easy to treat and successful treatment often requires a combination of therapies.  This combination may include multiple pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals plus non-pharmacologic therapy (e.g., acupuncture, massage, etc..) or both.  Most types of chronic pain involve pain of inflammation and, thus, ant-inflammatory drugs are ideal for first line therapy. But what do we do when NSAIDs aren’t potent enough to provide pain relief in patients with chronic pain? We will discuss other pharmacologic choices as well as a brief description of non-pharmacologic choices for treatment of chronic pain in veterinary patients.

Instructions for signup

Click on the "Signup" link. Complete the form with your registration information. Your login name will be your email address. You will select your own password. If paying online by credit card, the course will be available upon completion of payment.  If paying by check, when payment has been received, your account will be activated and you will be notified. 

Course fee = $50  Payment can be made by check payable to Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine; or by credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Payment by credit card can be made using our secure server during online registration.

How the course works

To use the course materials anytime during the open course period:

Click on the "Start course" link.

If you forget your password after your account has been activated, click on the "Forgot my password" link.

Voice - annotated slides are comparable to what would be shown in a live lecture. A slide containing text or a picture (or both) appears on the screen.  Each time you advance to the next slide you will hear the instructor discussing the information on the slide. To use the voice annotated slides, you must have speakers attached to your computer.

To receive CE credit and certificate you must complete the course exam. To start the exam click the link “Exam for CE Credit” located within the left navigation bar under the course topic.


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Last Edited: Oct 02, 2014 9:12 PM   

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