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About the Course

Are you confident you know everything you can do to relieve pain in patients? Do you want to understand more and increase your skills and knowledge to an advanced level?

For many years chronic pain in dogs and cats was managed with a single pharmaceutical agent when the clinician determined the animal was suffering. Recently it has been realized that pain is a very complex process and involves signalling molecules, pathways, substances, receptors and transmitters with different modes of action. It is unrealistic to think only one pharmaceutical could be effective in eliminating chronic pain. It is equally unrealistic to think that drugs alone can manage pain effectively for the life of the animal. A multimodal and individualized approach to the treatment of pain in the patient is necessary and the most effective approach. It is important to discuss several things with owners once they understand that their pet has chronic pain. For example, degenerative joint diseases are not curable, so the goals are to keep the pet comfortable and enjoying a good quality of life; this requires a financial and time commitment. Achieving specific goals will most likely require some trial and error which will be result in some triumphs and disappointments for the owner.

This course provides detailed information on the mechanisms of pain and advanced information on techniques and options to manage pain effectively. Your journey in Pain Management is guided by lecturers who have experienced specialist practitioners in this field.

Please note that this is an evidence-based course delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners but is not an Australian government-accredited qualification.

Communication and course materials

  • Approximately 14 hours of recorded lectures
  • Detailed lecture notes developed by specialist in each area
  • Mentor support throughout the course - clinical help
  • Relevant scientific papers are provided
  • No text books are required

Assessments

Multiple choice questions throughout the course – 75% pass rate for RACE hours

Credits

  • 20 RACE Credits
  • 15 IVAS Credits
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Meet the Tutors and Lecturers

Dr Neal Sivula
DVM, PhD, FAAVA, GDVWHM
Dr. Sivula received his DVM from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an Internship, Clinical Residency, and PhD from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He is certified in Animal Chiropractic...
2 Webinars and 6 Courses
DVM, MEd, FAAVA
Dr. Michelle Schraeder graduated from The Ohio State University in 1985. Through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) she is certified in veterinary acupuncture and has completed a three-year course in Veterinary Chinese Herbal...
3 Webinars and 4 Courses
DVM DACVSMR (Canine) CVA CVPP CCRT
Dr Janice Huntingford is a 1984 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario and a Board Certified Specialist (Diplomate) in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine (DACVSMR), only 1 of 3 in Canada....
2 Webinars and 2 Courses
BSc DVM MRCVS Cert Vet Ac
Dietrich qualified at the Univ. of Georgia in 1982, practiced in Maryland until 1986; moved to the UK and founded an equine practice in Guildford in 1989. His acupuncture interest began in the US and he became certified through the International...
2 Courses
DVM DACVAA
Dr Bonnie Wright is a Veterinary Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist, acupuncturist, and teacher. She received her DVM from Colorado State University, completed a residency in anesthesiology and critical care at the University of...
4 Webinars and 2 Courses

What will you Learn

  • Mechanisms of Pain
  • Pain Management Multimodality Approach
    • Multimodal pain management assessment and pharmacological treatment
    • Multimodal pain management treatment from a TCM and herbal perspective
    • Multimodal pain management nutraceuticals DMOAs Nutrition Regenerative medicine to combat pain
    • Multimodal pain management rehabilitation and exercise therapy for pain management
  • Advanced Trigger Point Diagnosis and Treatment
  • ...
  • Mechanisms of Pain
  • Pain Management Multimodality Approach
    • Multimodal pain management assessment and pharmacological treatment
    • Multimodal pain management treatment from a TCM and herbal perspective
    • Multimodal pain management nutraceuticals DMOAs Nutrition Regenerative medicine to combat pain
    • Multimodal pain management rehabilitation and exercise therapy for pain management
  • Advanced Trigger Point Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Myofascial pain syndrome and myofascial trigger points introduction
    • Myofascial pain syndrome and myofascial trigger points Pathophysiology
    • Myofascial pain syndrome and myofascial trigger points Clinical presentation
    • Myofascial pain syndrome and myofascial trigger points Treatment
  • Fascia – the 3-dimensional web of the body
    • Introduction to fascia and mechanotransduction
    • Fascia Lymphatics and Immunity
    • Myofascial kinetic lines and acupuncture meridians
    • Fascia and acupuncture points.
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Before you take the course

Below requirements are needed before you can take this course.
  • This course is restricted to registered veterinarians.
Pre-requisite Courses

Below are the required course(s) that you need to complete

Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is online study right for me?

The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies offers courses that are both challenging and rewarding. You can learn at your own pace under the tutelage of experts in their field. Online or distance learning is not for everyone. Think carefully before you enroll. To succeed in online learning and distance education you will need:

  • A commitment to study and enquiry
  • To be capable of self directed learning with our guidance and support through your course
  • Motivation to pursue your course of study
  • Access to the internet and a printer
  • A good internet service that provides a good speed for downloads
  • An enthusiasm for engaging with your tutors and peers
  • The ability to work on your own or collaborate in a team
  • The capability of an independent level of written and spoken English
  • An appointment by phone may be requested prior to course commencement- we don't want you to start if we think we can't provide the right experience for you
  • If you are not sure contact us, we can help you gain a  full understanding of our courses before applying.

What you won't need is to pay airfares, travel, hotel bills by participating in green education!

All our courses are available to enrol at any time.  Our courses are part time, self paced within the course timeframe, and fully online.  Sometimes there is a scheduled start date for a course, in which we accept a group intake of enrolments. This encourages a cohort of students to move through the course together, making for a more interactive learning experience.

Although some courses have live sessions available, there are no live sessions that you are required to attend for any of our courses.  Our courses are delivered online and are self paced within the course timeframe, to give you the greatest flexibility with your study. You can study anywhere, anytime that suits you. We have great learning tools such as lectures, comprehensive course notes, videos, online resources, discussion forum and continuous support from our highly qualified and experienced tutors to help you can get the most out of your course.

Please refer to our enrolment terms and conditions when seeking extra time in a course, https://civtedu.org/enrolment-terms-and-conditions 

If you take a "leave of absence/deferral" from a course this freezes your progress in the course.  You will have no access to the course during this time.  A request for a leave of absence/deferral can be made for up to 3 months, initially.  Longer periods of time away from the course can be reviewed after this time.  If you want to use any course resources whilst you are taking your leave of absence/deferral you will need to download the material (such as documents, course notes, reading material) beforehand.  There is no fee to take a leave of absence/deferral, however your regular payment instalments for the course will continue.

If you request an "extension" for a course, you may be given extra time in a course and still have full access to the course.  An extension can be granted for up to, or equal to, the maximal period of study for that course.  There is a fee involved in applying for an extension, this varies according to the amount of extra time requested and is found on the link provided.

 

This depends on the type of course you enrol in.

Our introductory or short courses require approximately 3-5 hours per week.  Our Certifications and Graduate Diplomas require approximately 5-10 hours per week.  This will vary amongst individuals, depending on the pace in which they learn.  More time may be needed each week, depending on how long an individual needs to spend on completing assignments. 

If you are a registered Veterinarian, you are eligible to enrol in any of our courses, https://civtedu.org/courses 

If you are a Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Nurse or Animal Health Professional you may be able to apply to enrol in selected courses for Veterinarians, however you will need to go through an eligibility process first. Otherwise, you can apply for our courses for Animal Health Professionals, https://civtedu.org/courses/animal-health-professionals 

If you are a Pet Owner, you can apply for our courses designed for Pet Owners, https://civtedu.org/courses/pet-owners 

 

Earn your own CIVT certificate of completion

The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies offers courses that are both challenging and rewarding. You can learn at your own pace under the tutelage of experts in their field. What you won’t need is to pay airfares, travel, hotel bills by participating in green education!

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.

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