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 have:

  • 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 of 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:

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

  • Written notes and photographs

  • 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.

Limited places remaining


Monday 30 July - Sunday 26 August 2018
Delivered Online


BVSc GradCertEdStud (Higher Ed) PhD MANZCVS (anaesthesia)

Dr Zaki graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992 and returned in 1995 to commence her training in veterinary anaesthesia. She became a member (by examination) of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, Anaesthesia & Critical Care Chapter in 1997, and completed a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) in 2005. In 2002, she embarked her academic career as a Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia; combining teaching, clinical service and clinical research activities; and was appointed Director of the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital from 2008 to 2011. More recently, she completed her PhD, investigating the mechanisms of osteoarthritis pain. Dr Zaki is currently Senior Lecturer in Professional Practice and Academic Advisor (Admissions) in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science. She is also an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney Medical School. Her teaching interests are diverse and include anaesthesia, pain management, clinical reasoning and communication. Her research focus is pain, in particular, unravelling the biomolecular mechanisms that drive chronic pain and exploring ways to optimise translation of preclinical studies.

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

Course Fees

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

Repeat CPD Participant Discount*

If you have:

  • Completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on future DE courses.
  • Participated in a CVE DE, TimeOnline or face-to-face CPD in the past 12 months you are eligible for a 10% discount for further registrations (excluding DE, workshops, the Practical Ultrasound -Intensive Short Course and the Recent Graduate Survival Seminar).

*Discounts are not cumulative. For further information about discount options for multiple registrations at the one event, please read the full Terms & Conditions.

To redeem your discount contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm) or