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Volume 25(2), Summer 2015

Global and

European News

Representatives of 39 WSAVA member countries signing the endorsement of the recommendations of the GPC global pain recognition assessment and management guidelines

On 17 May, at the start of its 2015 World Congress the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) called on its member associations to focus on ending animal pain.

The effective management of pain is a key theme at this year's WSAVA World Congress, which is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 15-18 May and which is being attended by more than 4,000 veterinary delegates from around the world.

The WSAVA's Global Pain Council (GPC) has developed the GPC Global Pain Recognition, Assessment and Management Guidelines for use by veterinarians working anywhere in the world.

Commenting on the importance of pain management GPC member and WSAVA president elect Walt Ingwersen, said: "There is a wide variation in pain assessment and management around the world and we must work together to eliminate this variation because the ability to actually diagnose pain is certainly not dependent on regional differences and is a skill we all share.

Our Global Pain Guidelines are a practical, downloadable resource to assist practitioners in recognizing and assessing pain. They are accompanied by management protocols for a wide range of painful conditions, including Caesarian section, castration, degenerative joint disease and cancer-related pain. We are delighted that the Guidelines have already been downloaded more than 6,500 times and endorsed by a number of our members.”


Download the guidelines here.


Solidarity to End Animal Pain

Ketamine at risk


Several countries are lobbying to have the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) re-schedule ketamine as a controlled substance with international scope. This would effectively prohibit ketamine's use in both veterinary and human medicine in a number of countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) is petitioning against the proposal, as it will significantly undermine the ability to provide cost effective anaesthesia and analgesia in various parts of the world. If it does move forward, every aspect of ketamine production would have a mandated compliance and regulatory protocol attached to it. ...


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Kanchanok Puttasomsri from Bangkok, Thailand, won this year’s WSAVA photo contest. ‘Not a day goes by that I don’t share a great moment with my patients... my relaxation time during work :-)’, she said, commenting on the photo that received 1189 votes.

Costa Rica wins WVD award


Veterinarians of Costa Rica were this year’s winner of the World Veterinary Day award. The country’s statutory body (Colegio de Médicos Véterinarios de Costa Rica) and veterinary services (SENASA) worked together on an awareness and prevention campaign for West Nile Fever and viral equine encephalitis. ...


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