Pain Management | Centre for Veterinary Education

Pain Management

Pain Management

The negative physiological effects of poorly controlled pain are well documented and as veterinarians we recognise the importance of using effective pain relief strategies both with respect to disease management, patient care and well-being.

This course is ideal for vets who want to brush up on their knowledge of analgesics and be updated on the latest techniques available for managing acute and chronic pain in small animals. It aims to develop your knowledge and clinical decision making by providing an update and review of drug efficacy and administration techniques, as well as taking an evidence based approach to the use of ‘off-label’ opioids.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • A better understanding of pain, its physiology, assessment and the evaluation of the efficacy of pain relief

  • A better understanding of the clinical pharmacology of key analgesics including opioids, non-steroidals and local anaesthetics

  • Reviewed a number of implementation techniques including: infusion techniques, local anaesthetic techniques and nerve blocks

  • Gained an understanding the issues faced in multi modal analgesia


  1. Clinical Pharmacology

  2. Analgesic Techniques

  3. Understanding Pain

  4. Multi-modal Analgesia

Course Delivery

This course includes:

  • Videos, photographs, case studies and other useful resources

  • Self-assessed multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutors

  • An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the course

The estimated time to complete this course is 10 hours and it will be open for 4 weeks.


Monday 30 July - Sunday 26 August 2018
Delivered Online


BVSc (Hons) MACVSc GradCertEdStud (Higher Edu)

Sanaa Zaki graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992. She became a Member (by examination) of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, Anaesthesia and Critical Care Chapter in 1997 and completed the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) at the University of Sydney in 2005. Since 1995 she has been teaching, conducting clinical research and providing clinical service within the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney and as Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia she teaches final year students clinical anaesthesia.. Recently, her passion for teaching has expanded to include curriculum development and teaching in the area of Professional Practice  in the new DVM program She is currently completing a PhD looking at 'Understanding the Pain of Osteoarthritis'.

BVMS MANZCVS (Anaes. & Critical Care) Dipl. ECVAA MVSc

Jen Davis graduated with a veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow in 2005. During the next seven years, while working in general practice in the UK and Australia, she developed an interest in anaesthesia and analgesia. In 2011 Jen passed the Memberships Examination in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Critical care with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS). In 2012 she commenced a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at Murdoch University, passing the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia Diploma in 2015 to become an internationally recognised specialist. Jen also completed a Masters in Veterinary Science (research) during her residency. In 2016, Jen commenced a PhD at Murdoch University, investigating the early diagnosis of acute kidney injury in dogs. Jen enjoys all aspects of veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, but particularly that of critically ill small animals. 

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$289
Student Member$145
Non-member / eMember$578
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or to register.     

Further details

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