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Veterinary Regional Anesthesia Bootcamp t

Friday, October 13, 2017

This is to announce the "save the date" for our third Veterinary Regional Anesthesia Bootcamp to be held at Cornell, October 13-15th, 2017. This is a hands-on workshop certified by the ACVAA (American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia) involving local and regional anesthetic techniques utilizing canine cadaver specimens. Through the use of small groups (2-3 delegates) and multiple stations, participants will have the opportunity to practice different regional anesthesia techniques of the head, the thoracic and pelvic limbs, the abdomen, and the thoracic wall in a controlled setting. This workshop is designed to serve as a "bootcamp" for veterinary anesthesia residents (first, second or third-year), board-certified specialists or clinicians who are interested in learning about regional anesthesia and practicing their skills in a unique setting under the guidance of content experts. The use ultrasound guidance will be taught, and participants will be able to perform blocks on the cadavers using these methods for themselves, followed by the opportunity to perform dissection of the relevant areas in order to learn more about the relationship of anatomy and block success.
The overarching objectives of this workshop are: 1) to provide participants with practical knowledge of the equipment that is used to perform local and regional anesthetic blocks, 2) to discuss the different blocks that can be used to provide anesthesia and analgesia for dogs and 3) to explain the considerations for performing these blocks (including anatomical landmarks and potential complications). In addition, participants should leave the workshop with practical knowledge and basic skills that will allow them to perform different nerve blocks in dogs as soon as they return to work.
Check this space in coming weeks for specific information about registration.

Chronic Pain in Animals Workshop

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

We hope you will plan on attending the upcoming *Chronic Pain in Dogs and Cats Workshop* that will be hosted by NIH on Nov. 29-30, 2017. There is *no *registration cost but everyone does need to register at the website. We want to reach a large audience in hopes of promoting research and analgesic development for companion animals with translational benefit to humans.

Despite advances, chronic pain is one of the most poorly understood and under treated medical problems facing veterinary medicine today. *One of the most frustrating aspects of developing therapeutics for treating chronic pain in veterinary medicine is the **lack of validated methods to measure chronic pain in different species and diseases. **Similarly**, *translational success has often been lacking when taking analgesics from animal models to human clinical trials. Numerous reviews have highlighted a lack of translation of basic research into new approved therapeutics for treating persistent pain in humans. The use of spontaneous painful disease in companion animals is one of the changes that could help improve translation of basic science to new therapeutics to act as a bridge between preclinical and clinical studies. The ultimate goal is to reduce failure rates in human clinical trials with resultant new therapeutics for humans and animals. For this bridge to work, we need *valid outcome measures in animal spontaneous disease conditions and opportunities to share and promote knowledge.*
We are hoping this NIH workshop will bring research, regulatory, academia, and industry together from the veterinary and human arena to tackle these challenges. Find details via the attached link.
Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D George Washington University