What is your veterinary background?
I have been in veterinary medicine for over 40 years and worked in private practice, academia, specialty practice, industry and the nonprofit sector. Through all of my experiences, animal pain management has always been top of mind for me, beginning with my 13 year stint directing the intensive care unit at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1980’s (when there was literally no understanding of pain management) all the way to the formation of the IVAPM in the early 2000’s. At that time I worked for Pfizer Animal Health who were the major sponsors of the early academy so I am privileged to have been part of it since the very beginning. I have spent the last 15 years lecturing on the topic and have seen so much positive change since my first lecture on the topic in 1993 “Do Animals Feel Pain?” until the most recent “Managing Neuropathic Pain Syndrome and Wind up Phenomenon”. We have come a long way!
What does IVAPM stand for?
The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
What is the IVAPM?
IVAPM is the leading forum and educational resource for anyone interested in animal pain prevention, management and treatment. We address both acute and chronic pain management and combine traditional western, eastern and complementary modalities including pharmacology, acupuncture, rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Does the IVAPM have a mission statement?
Our mission statement is that we are “Your ultimate resource for pain management in animals”
As a leader in the advancement of animal pain management, IVAPM has a list of priorities in veterinary pain management:
- Educating the veterinary community to recognize and treat pain in all animal species.
- Recognizing that treating pain in animals requires an interdisciplinary approach.
- Supporting standards of care for animals in pain.
- Promoting pain management instruction for all veterinary students.
- Promoting humane, scientific investigation in the field of veterinary pain management.
How do you become a IVAPM member?
Just go to our website IVAPM.org and click on Become a Member. There is an annual membership fee which includes access to all of our chats, archives and member only educational resources. We even provide resources for your clients so you can educate them about pain in their own pets. Every September is Animal Pain Awareness month, an IVAPM initiative. We help all our members market APA month to their clients.
How do IVAPM practitioners help owners?
Our main interest is in educating pet owners to recognize pain in their pets at home and seek treatment early especially for pets with chronic pain such as osteoarthritis. We also want pet owners to know that they are using a hospital that believes strongly in pain management. When they see the IVAPM member sticker on the hospital door they will know that they have chosen well for their pet. We even have a pet owner blog on our website just for owners.
What is the specialty certification?
The Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) certification is awarded to candidates who have met IVAPM’s standards for education, training, and experience in interdisciplinary pain management. The program is open to all veterinary health professionals, including technicians/nurses with a minimum of five years in full time practice and at least two years of clinical experience working with animals in pain.
Why should someone join the IVAPM?
The IVAPM members and CVPPs are a very special group of individuals united in the pursuit of the best pain management options for animals. If you want to be part of this community and gain access to the most current and comprehensive pain management resources at your fingertips, IVAPM membership is for you! Fancy a career as a lecturer in the field? We have a very active speakers bureau with many opportunities around the world for our lecturers. Want to get more involved? We have lots of committee’s and a fantastic Board of Directors that are always open to new ideas and input from our members.
Visit the IVAPM website here