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Global Pain Council

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  • Pain management is an important topic in companion animal medicine and there exists a wide variation in pain assessment, pain management, and their consistent implementation. The result is often a gap between pain incidence and adequate treatment. Eliminating this "pain incidence – pain treatment gap" will be the focus of the GPC. While access to pain treatment modalities may vary from country to country, the ability to diagnosis pain should not and the two would be benefitted through educational efforts that encompass all members of the veterinary healthcare team.

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  • An empowered, motivated, and globally unified veterinary profession that effectively recognizes and minimizes pain prevalence and impact.


  • To raise global awareness and provide a call to action based upon the understanding that all animals are sentient and can therefore feel pain and suffer from it. Through identification of regionally specific resources for targeted education on recognizing and treating pain, the Global Pain Council strives to elevate the level of confidence and competence in applying pain treatments.


  • Generate a document that compels the reader to consistently evaluate each and every one of their patients for the presence of pain, regardless of the initiating reason for veterinary consultation.
  • Provide the reader with direction on how to identify both acute and chronic pain in their canine and feline patients, through physical examination, description/pictures, and owner questioning.
  • Overview and summarize the various treatment modalities available for pain management – to include surgical, pharmaceutical, integrative, complementary, and supportive care modalities.
  • Generate tenets of care while dispelling common pain treatment myths.
  • Support the above with an extensive and easily accessible reference list for additional reading to be available on-line, as a hard copy, or both.
  • To engage veterinarians worldwide, through education, to recognize, anticipate, alleviate and terminate pain in cats and dogs.
  • To liaise and develop a collaborative network with like-minded colleagues and associations to more broadly accomplish our shared educational goals.