April 2020
President's Message
Greetings from the IVAPM. As this month begins, I am trying to approach the spring with hope and joy, as the world comes together to conquer COVID-19. 

I am sure all of you have grown tired of yet another email in your inbox describing the ‘new normal’ of practice. Instead, let’s take a minute and focus on the entire international veterinary community; celebrating our resilience, dedication and compassion during this unusual time. Veterinarians continue to serve the public, finding ways to examine, treat and heal our patients, while keeping our hospitals clean and our staff safe. We have supported our human healthcare workers with supplies, support and equipment, sharing the burden in any way that we can. We have remained educators, experts on zoonoses, and dedicated to monitoring any potential of viral spread through animals. We are working tirelessly to be sure that our food supply is safe. Veterinarians are virologists, researchers, public health experts and policy-makers. There is no better time to be proud of the veterinary profession; veterinarians are crucial to the process in every way.  

With hope that this month brings a turning point, take the time to evaluate the forced change that has been thrust upon your life and your work. What would you keep and what would you like to see return? The lack of screaming children in our small examination rooms may be a benefit to ‘concierge medicine’, but we all miss giving a scared and grieving pet parent a much-needed hug. Our receptionists may suggest that tele-triage be mandatory in our future practice, as cutting down on frantic ‘should I come in’ phone calls has helped maintain sanity.Veterinarians are really good at washing our hands, but what can we do to be sure that the public is more diligent when they visit us?

Our veterinary pain management community has not stopped educating and the April 1st issue of JAVMA is a great tribute to the IVAPM, with this article Pain Points: veterinary practices can implement various tools to assess pain in cats and dogs , where IVAPM educators are highlighted for their expertise. What better time than now to evaluate your practice’s pain assessment strategy? 

The world needs us, so take care of yourselves and remain positive. Take the time to learn. Things will change and change is good. Looking forward to seeing all of you very soon!


Jennifer F. Johnson, VMD, CVPP
What's New
Vetfolio Online Learning Course
Our 2019 Virtual Symposium is now live and available for viewing on the Vetfolio platform . You can view the entire RACE-approved program, or choose individual topics.

Vetfolio is offering an IVAPM members-only discount on the entire RACE-approved program, so be sure to use the code IVAPM19 at checkout making your total cost only $199!

For more exciting news, this year’s Virtual Symposium is currently being recorded. So you can look forward to eight hours of pain management education with topics including equine and farm animal, rehabilitation without fancy tools, exotic pain management and an update on cannabis. Stay tuned for the launch date!
Did you Know?
The IVAPM CRI Calculator is now available and free to members and non-members! We are so proud of this calculator and want to thank everyone who helped create our newest version.

Be sure to share it with your friends!

Want to Help?
The IVAPM CVPP examination committee is always looking for people to submit examination questions. If you are applying for credentialing, you will be required to submit questions with your application, so this is a great opportunity to get started. There is an excellent presentation on how to write exam questions, located on our website member portal. To join the exam writing committee, please contact Wendy Dox at ivapm@navc.com .
Student Member/Chapter News Spring 2020
The IVAPM Student Member/Chapter numbers are continuing to grow and we are so excited to have everyone with us in our mission to alleviate animal pain! In addition to a student information folder on the IVAPM website (under the professionals tab), remember that student members have access to a number of learning materials (under the members, students, resources tab). AND, hot off the presses is a student discussion forum! It is also in the members section – so be sure you are signed up!!

Student Chapter activity highlights:
  • Midwestern University’s IVAPM club partnered with the Integrative Veterinary Medicine club to hold a lab/live animal demonstration on Introduction of small animal rehabilitation. From the photos on the IVAPM Facebook page, it looks like this was a huge success!

  • An upcoming highlight is a virtual visit from IVAPM president-elect Dr. Douglas Stramel with the chapter at Kansas State University to present ‘AARP—Animal Association of Really Old Pets—treating the geriatric pet’. Virtual education visits are a great way to get your student chapter involved!

  • Remember that student membership is FREE and students that are members at graduation, will continue to receive free membership for two full years following graduation! Make sure you encourage your faculty advisors to join – membership is free for them too! Learn More!

IVAPM Student Chapter Committee
  • Tammy Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA
  • Gwen Francisco, BA, MFA, LVT
  • Sharon Campbell, DVM, MS, DACVIM
  • Kirsty Oliver, VN, DIPAVN (Surgical), CVT, CCRP, CVPP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)
  • Anne Jillson, DVM Student, Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine
IVAPM Foundation
The IVAPM Foundation is extremely grateful for the generous grant provided by Elanco Animal Health ($25,000.00) for research support. The first grant funded from this donation was awarded in Fall 2019 to Dr. Olga Drewnowska of Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Służewiec Equine Clinic, for her project entitled, ‘The comparison between EEG and cerebral oximetry with usual parameters to evaluate desired pain management in horses and dogs during general anesthesia and surgical procedures’.
This follows a previous grant from Zoetis Petcare ($25,000.00) which was used to partially fund a number of grants, including a grant to researchers at the University of Montreal studying pain assessment in cats. The results of that study are now published and available as, Facial expressions of pain in cats: the development and validation of a Feline Grimace Scale. Evangelista MC, Watanabe R, Leung VSY, Monteiro BP, O'Toole E, Pang DSJ, Steagall PV. Sci Rep. 2019 Dec 13;9(1):19128. View Manuscript!
The IVAPM Foundation is grateful for the support of Elanco and Zoetis. Our Foundation completely relies on pet owner and veterinary industry support to fund much needed research in animal pain management as they are a non-profit 501C3 organization . If you or your company is interested in supporting a grant initiative, please contact mark.epstein@totalbondvets.com .
Event & Education Corner
We are still on ‘cloud nine’ after such great response to our lecture tracks at VMX 2020 and WVC! Thank you to Tammy Grubb, Mark Epstein, Mike Petty, Kristen Cooley and Stephen Cital for providing exceptional pain management education. If you have specific topics in pain management that you wish we covered, please share your ideas with us! Also, members that would be interested in being part of our speaker’s bureau, contact Daniel Edge, Committee Chair at ivapm@navc.com .
Call For Case Reports!
Do you want to lecture, but don’t have experience? Do you have something really great to share? This is the perfect time to submit your case report for the IVAPM case report contest which will be held at IVECCS 2020. This is a great opportunity to gain speaking experience and participate in the IVAPM presentation day.  

Please email Wendy Dox at ivapm@navc.com to submit your topic and receive presentation instructions. The deadline is Friday, May 15, 2020. 
Case reports presentations will be Sunday September 13, 2020 at IVECCS St Louis.  

The winner will receive a cash prize and recognition at the IVECCS Awards Ceremony

Attendee registration for IVECCS will open in mid-April. Remember, IVAPM members receive a registration discount, be sure to ‘tick the box’ on the registration form to identify that you are a member of IVAPM.
Save the Date
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is proud to host the sixth international Veterinary Pain Short Course on pain, pain mechanisms and novel therapies in veterinary medicine, October 8-10, 2020 in Raleigh, NC. 

This course was designed for veterinarians and animal researchers interested in the study of pain in animals and humans and for pharmaceutical researchers and companies interested in the development of veterinary analgesics.

It will be located at the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport/Brier Creek
at 8001 Arco Corporate Dr. Raleigh, NC 27617