What is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner?
In December of 2014, I became certified through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP). What exactly is a CVPP and what are the requirements?
To become a CVPP, there are certain requirements that have to be met. One must have obtained at least 90 hours of continuing education in the previous five years. A very thorough application process is required consisting of demonstrating pain relieving techniques such as nerve blocks, epidural injections, and acupuncture, just to name a few. Two case reports must be submitted detailing cases that the applicant has treated for painful conditions. The reports take considerable time and effort to not only write but to include detailed references and information about everything being treated. If the applicant meets all of the requirements and the case reports are accepted, then the applicant has to pass an exam detailing all aspects of pain management. A full list of all the requirements can be found at IVAPM.org.
With all of the requirements needed, why would someone take the time and effort to become a CVPP? I took the time to become certified because I am passionate about pain control for our pets. No pet should have to be in pain whether it is from surgery, arthritis, cancer pain, or any other illness that causes pain. Animals can’t vocalize that they are in pain so we as pet owners and as veterinarians have to be able to recognize the signs of pain and then effectively treat them. Becoming a CVPP helped me further advance my knowledge base of pain control and become a better veterinarian.
As the IVAPM website states, CVPPs “are committed to including pain management in the care of all of their patients.” If your pet is showing any signs of pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a full consultation to determine the best route of treatment for your pet. Check out other articles on our website about treatment options including nutrition, supplements, medications (including Adequan) and physical treatments such as rehabilitation therapy, laser therapy, acupuncture, and stem cell therapy.