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WSAVA launches pain management scholarships
Dr Duncan Lascelles, chair of the GPC
Council aims to ‘Teach the Teachers’

As the first step in its programme, the Global Pain Council (GPC) has launched a scholarship competition to identify one veterinary surgeon and one veterinary nurse with a demonstrated interest in pain management and the potential to become its first global key opinion leaders.

The GPC is working to enhance companion animal health care and welfare globally through increasing the confidence and competence of vets and vet nurses around the world in managing the pain suffered by their patients. Its guidelines are the WSAVA’s most frequently accessed free resources for veterinary professionals.

In Phase One of the GPC Scholarship, the selected candidates will travel to a host location to receive eight to 12 weeks of training in small animal pain management from members of the GPC, focused on:
pathophysiology of pain
assessment of acute and chronic pain in dogs and cats
treatment of acute and chronic pain in dogs and cats
understanding how to approach clinical pain research.

In Phase Two, the candidates will return to their country and run courses on pain management for local vets snd nurses and their WSAVA member association’s members. Their certificate of completion will be awarded on the successful completion of both phases of the Scholarship.

Commenting on the launch of the GPC’s Teach the Teachers program, Dr Duncan Lascelles, chair of the GPC, said: “All companion animals are sentient so feel pain and this is what makes pain management such an important issue for veterinary professionals. We are working to reduce the variation in the assessment and management of pain around the world through the creation of regionally specific resources and targeted education.
 
“Our ‘Teach the Teachers’ programme is an exciting initiative that 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.”
 
Full details of the application and selection process for the GPC Scholarship are available on the WSAVA website. The deadline for applications from vets is 31 December 2019; and 30 June 2020 for applications from veterinary nurses. Priority will be given to candidates from WSAVA Tier 1 and Tier 2 countries and to members of WSAVA member associations.

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Vets confirm further five cases of Alabama rot

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 Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists has confirmed a further five cases of Cutaneous Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy, also known as Alabama rot.

The cases have been confirmed in Wallingford (Oxfordshire), Horsham (West Sussex), Hungerford (Berkshire - two dogs) and Malmesbury (Wiltshire). It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 198 since 2012. There have been 23 cases so far this year.

Signs that a dog has been affected by the disease include skin lesions on the lower limbs or mouth/tongue, leading to kidney failure. While investigations into the cause of the condition are ongoing, owners are being urged to wash their dog after wet or muddy walks.  

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WSAVA launches certificate programme focusing on companion animals in One Health

The first certificate programme focusing specifically on the role of companion animals in One Health has been launched by the One Health Committee (OHC) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

The online programme, which is free of charge for WSAVA members, has been developed in recognition of the growing impact of companion animals in human society. Pet ownership is becoming more popular globally, and this has increased the implications for One Health, regarding the human-companion animal bond. The WSAVA OHC hopes that this course will bridge the knowledge gap between veterinary surgeons and human physicians. New modules are being added weekly, with a total of 20 modules expected to be available by early 2020.