How Are They Doing? Assessing Pain and Quality of Life in Shelter Animals

July 2019 by Emily McCobb, DVM, MS, DACVAA, Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology- Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University

Audience: Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 43:09

Pain is frequently called the fifth vital sign and should be assessed as part of daily rounds and with every physical exam. This workshop reviews signs of pain and suffering in dogs, cats and rabbits and identifies simple techniques for assessing pain in animals. This presentation was recorded at the 2019 ASPCA Maddie's® Cornell Shelter Medicine Conference.

About Emily McCobb

Emily McCobb is Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Community Medicine at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She is a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist and oversees shelter medicine, community outreach and the on campus spay neuter clinic. Her interests include companion animal welfare, access to care and anesthesia for spay neuter programs. She teaches anesthesia, welfare, ethics and euthanasia as well as supervising students on the anesthesia rotation. Dr. McCobb publishes regularly on animal welfare topics and is active in the Massachusetts Animal Welfare community.

Outside of work she looks after three kids, two dogs, two cats, three guinea pigs, one husband and his mother.


 

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