04/22/20 Assessing Pain & Quality of Life in Shelter Animals

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We will review quality of life concepts and discuss methods for the assessment of subjective states, including pain.  The goal of the session is to encourage attendees to develop assessment tools for their own facilities and to consider the perspective of individual animals in making outcome decisions.  Finally, attendees will consider how quality of life assessment can be used to consider animal welfare dilemmas. This session is designed for veterinarians, shelter staff, and shelter leadership.  Attendees will be able to:

  • Define quality of life and describe how quality of life may be measured in companion animals
  • Recognize signs of pain and distress in cats and dogs
  • List two assessment tools that can be used to assess pain in cats and dogs
  • Give at least one example of a situation at their organization or facility where considering quality of life could help make care or outcome decisions. 

This session is part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

This program (both live and recorded) has been approved for:

  • 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE - approval valid through February 11, 2022
  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
  • 1 CE  by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for Texas Animal Control Officers

Emily McCobb, DVM, MS, DACVAA

Director, Tufts Shelter Medicine Program & the Luke and Lily Lerner Spay Neuter Clinic at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University

Dr. Emily McCobb is Director of the Tufts Shelter Medicine Program and the Luke and Lily Lerner Spay Neuter Clinic at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University.  Dr. McCobb works to support community programs at the Cummings School and assisted in opening the Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic.  Dr. McCobb mentors veterinary and graduate students for clinical work and for animal welfare related research projects.  Her published works cover the topics of shelter animal welfare and animal cruelty as well as clinical anesthesia and pain management.  Dr. McCobb received her DVM from Tufts University in 2000 and completed her internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in 2001. She obtained a Masters of Animals and Public Policy also from Tufts in 2002 and completed a residency and board certification in Anesthesiology and Pain Management in 2006. She joined the faculty at Tufts in 2009. 

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