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Scholarship Aims to Raise Standards of Pain Management

Published: 11/27/2019

WSAVA Global Pain Council (GPC) aims to create a global network of pain management ‘teachers’. 

If you are a veterinarian or a veterinary nurse/technician with a demonstrable interest in pain management, check out a new program from the GPC called ‘Teach the Teachers’ which aims to create a global network of key opinion leader (KOLs) – ‘teachers’ – in pain management.  As a first step, the GPC has launched a scholarship competition to identify one veterinarian and one veterinary technician/nurse with the potential to become its first global KOLs.

In Phase One of the GPC Scholarship, the selected candidates will travel to a host location to receive 8-12 weeks of training in small animal pain management from members of the GPC, focused on:
  • The pathophysiology of pain
  • The assessment of acute and chronic pain in dogs and cats
  • The treatment of acute and chronic pain in dogs and cats
  • An understanding of how to approach clinical pain research.
In Phase Two, candidates will return to their country and run courses on pain management to local veterinarians or veterinary technicians/nurses and their WSAVA member association’s members.   Their completion Certificate will be awarded on the successful completion of both phases of the Scholarship.
Dr Duncan Lascelles, Chair of the GPC, says: “This is an exciting new initiative which we hope will lay the foundations of a global network of veterinarians and veterinary technicians/nurses with specific expertise in pain management and the passion and knowledge to educate their colleagues.”
  The deadline for applications from veterinarians is 31 December 2019.
The deadline for applications from veterinary technicians/nurses is 30 June 2020.

Priority will be given to candidates from WSAVA Tier 1 and Tier 2 countries and to members of WSAVA member associations.