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 and vet nurses 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
  • Have a better understanding of the clinical pharmacology of key analgesics including opioids, non-steroidals and local anaesthetics
  • Have reviewed a number of implementation techniques including: infusion techniques, local anaesthetic techniques and nerve blocks
  • Gain an understanding of the issues faced in multi modal analgesia


  1. Clinical Pharmacology
  2. Analgesic Techniques
  3. Understanding Pain
  4. Multi-modal Analgesia


Monday 23 September - Sunday 20 October 2019
Delivered Online


BVSc(Hons) MANZCVS(Anaesthesia & Critical Care)

Innes graduated from the University of Melbourne with first degree honours in Veterinary Science.  After a period in general and emergency practice, she completed an anaesthesia internship at the University of Melbourne.  Innes then completed specialist veterinary anaesthesia residency training at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket UK.  Innes has worked as a clinical anaesthetist at referral hospitals both here and in the UK, including the Universities of Melbourne, Sydney, Cambridge and at James Cook University.  She is currently the veterinary anaesthetist for a cardiothoracic research facility at the University of Sydney.  Innes has a longstanding special interest in treating pain to improve the welfare of animals, both small and large.  She established pain management clinics at referral hospitals and completed formal training in western medical acupuncture to enhance the treatment of both acute and chronic pain.  She is passionate about improving the abilities of both veterinarians and nurses to manage pain confidently and successfully in their patients.

RVN, DipVN (Surgical), VTS (Anaesthesia & Analgesia), VTS (LAM – Research Anaes)

Chris is a registered veterinary nurse with 12 years’ experience working in general practice, specialist, university and research settings. Chris has spent the last 6 years of his career dedicated to anaesthesia and analgesia spending four years working in the anaesthesia department at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney before moving to his current role supporting advanced cardiovascular research. Chris holds a diploma in surgical nursing and is a double boarded Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in both small animal and laboratory animal anaesthesia and analgesia. Chris enjoys teaching and regularly provides in-house training to vets and nurses on anaesthesia and analgesia topics.

Chris is currently studying for his Master’s degree in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia through the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School at the University of Edinburgh while working full time in a research setting.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members