April 2021
President's Message
Happy spring to all my fellow IVAPM members! 

As we push our way into the heart of the season, I can hear a collective sigh of relief, for better weather, for the bloom of flowers, for the end of snow, and for more time outdoors. My heart bursts with pride as I watch everyone at work in the veterinary community – continuing to provide care and service to all clients and patients, through any world catastrophe. 

Here at IVAPM, we are excitedly preparing for upcoming events, and look forward to seeing you before too long. The glare of computer-screen meetings has lost some appeal, and I sure cannot wait to finally join my fellow pain management colleagues in person.  It was great to see so many members join us for our Zoom Membership Meeting in February! We were so happy to share updates and plans with everyone and look forward to continuing these virtual meetings bi-annually. Some smart things have come out of the pandemic, and virtual meetings have certainly brought our world-wide membership closer and have allowed you to become more informed about your organization. Thank you to all who have volunteered to step up and join a committee or run for a board position. Our organization needs deep membership support to continue to serve our educational mission. Thank you for not just being members, but for being active members!

The new membership portal on our website has launched with resounding success! What a great place for members to share ideas, questions, events, and thoughts. It is even easier than ever to search for a pain-management colleague, and to stay in touch with each other. Big thanks go to our executive director, Wendy Dox, for working tirelessly to make these wonderful improvements to our website. 
On behalf of the nominations committee, thank you to everyone who submitted nominations to the board for this election cycle. We are proud and excited about the enthusiastic response, and the general membership will be receiving a final slate for consideration in the next few weeks. Please be sure to vote. Your membership vote counts, and your IVAPM can only continue to grow with the hard work of the entire community! 

As I speed through my second year as IVAPM president, I am so proud to see the great things IVAPM has accomplished. I look forward to supporting the 2022 board and continue to encourage you to add your voice to our vision. We are making a difference in veterinary pain management education.

Jennifer Johnson VMD, CVPP,
IVAPM President
The Survey Segment
IVAPM & PainTrace Survey

We are partnering with PainTrace to learn about your pain management needs. Our goal is to generate new technical and educational resources to improve knowledge and treatment of pain, and to improve patient care. Participating in the survey will take five minutes and your participation is key.

Please click the button below to start the survey. Thank you for your contribution!
Survey for Your Clients!
Participants must be over 18 years old and cannot have any veterinary training!

Ask your clients if they can tell if their cat is in pain by just looking at its face? They might be able to! Please ask your clients to participate in this survey, which was created to test the ability of cat owners to use the Feline Grimace Scale.

Participation is entirely anonymous and voluntary, and takes about 20 min. Let's work together to improve pain management in cats 

Image Credit: Warren Photographic
Event & Education Corner
IVAPM 2021 Virtual Symposium

In partnership with Vetfolio, IVAPM’s Virtual Symposium, sponsored by Elanco, is going to be an online CE Symposium stacked with a line up of accomplished speakers and intriguing topics and one fully in Spanish.

Full presentation titles are coming soon!
  • CBD for Chronic Pain:
  • By Nadia Crosignani - Presentation fully in Spanish,
  • Technician Lecture:
  • By April Bays
  • One Health – What’s New with Humans – Pain is Universal:
  • By Steven Cohen
  • Owner Perspective Of Chronic Pain:
  • By Ralph Harvey
Join Dr. Nadia Crosignani on April 6 at 12:00 PM Eastern to discuss "Uso de Canabinoides en el manejo del dolor."

Join Matt Brunke DVM and Kirsty Oliver CVT on May 10 at 4:00 PM Eastern to discuss "Elbow ailments in dogs: The role of rehab and upcoming treatment for the management of pain and function."

These short sessions are a great way to learn up-to-date pain management information in a comfortable setting - join the discussion!

If you have missed any of our IVAPM-Live! sessions, the recordings are available on your membership portal.

If you would like to present a topic, please email Info@IVAPM.org

Join Lindsey Fry, DVM, cVMA, CVPP, CCRP, on Thursday, April 15, 9 pm ET for Ketamine, an Old Dog With New Tricks: Using CRIs for the Management of Chronic Pain.
Ketamine CRI, used to manage both chronic pain and depression in people, shows promise for our veterinary patients as well. This session will explore mechanisms of central sensitization and ketamine, using a case-based approach to apply this tool to veterinary patients suffering from various pain syndromes.
NC Veterinary Pain Short Course
This virtual pain course will take place live April 22-24 from 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern. While they are disappointed not to be in person, they are excited to share their line up of excellent speakers who will be sharing cutting edge information about the biology of pain (I chose ‘biology of pain’ carefully as several speakers will be updating us on non-neuronal cell contributions to pain). More details about the platform and all instructions will follow.
What's New?
Did you know...?
That when you shop on Amazon you can be supporting the IVAPM at the same time?

Linked below is a video tutorial on how to set up IVAPM as your AmazonSmile charity.

Your Membership Platform
As you all have probably noticed, we are now live in our new membership portal and we couldn't be more excited! Linked below is a mini video on how to use a few new features within your membership portal.

If you haven't already, please login to set up your new profile and look around to check out all of the new features that are available for you to connect with other IVAPM members!

We are here to help in the transition so if you have any questions contact us at Info@IVAPM.org.
IVAPM's Online Merchandise Store
We are excited to share that if you make any purchase in the IVAPM online merchandise store 5% of sales goes directly to supporting IVAPM.

Shopping = Supporting

Please click the link to below to check out all of the amazing products for sale.

The New Logo Has Arrived!
The IVAPM Foundation has created a new logo to align with IVAPM’s new logo, which was adopted a couple of years ago.

Feel free to keep for your records or use for any official Foundation correspondences.

For any questions, please email Info@IVAPM.org