Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Track

Pain Management, Quality of Life, and Palliative Medicine

Carolyn Naun, DVM


Ten things you can start doing TODAY to improve quality of life for your geriatric patients

Millions of dogs and cats suffer from undiagnosed chronic pain or have a damaged relationship with their family due to behavioral issues. In this interactive session, we will discover easy-to-implement, proactive strategies that you and your staff can use to help your clients recognize warning signs, and what they can do about it. From the first puppy visit to the end-of-life discussion, from exam room tweaks to simple assessment tools, these pearls can be taken home and used right away.

Evidence based chronic pain management for cats

Who’s afraid of the black box warning? Separate fact from myth about arthritis in cats, learn how to discuss risks and benefits with your clients, and help your feline patients start living a better life today. We’ll use an interactive, case-based approach to explore options you might not even know you had.

Veterinary Technicians:

Tools to help your clients evaluate their pets’ quality of life

“How do I know if he’s suffering?” “When do I need to euthanize her?” Sound familiar? Do these common client questions fill your heart with dread? In this interactive, case-based session, we will explore some simple handouts and assessment scales that will give you confidence in discussing these sensitive issues, and empower pet owners to make the best choice for them and their pet.

Perioperative pain assessment and management in small animal practice

Veterinary technicians are in the best position to recognize when your surgical patients are in pain. Learn how to catch pain early and, even better, how to be proactive in preventing it. We’ll use the latest science and an interactive, case-based approach to explore new ways of tackling peri-operative pain. Not only will your patients feel better, but anesthesia will run more safely and smoothly, and your doctor will be happier. Many of these strategies are cheap and simple to use, making it easier to get the rest of the practice team on board with using them.

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