September is Animal Pain Awareness Month



The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) is excited to celebrate Animal Pain Awareness Month with veterinary professionals around the world in September 2016. In keeping with the IVAPM’s commitment to promote, enhance and advance pain management, this campaign is intended to raise owner awareness and recognition of both acute and chronic pain in animals.


September was selected to coincide with human medicine’s Pain Awareness Month.  During this annual campaign, IVAPM will encourage various organizations (clinics, veterinarians, technicians, veterinary industry, publications, and veterinary educators) to raise public awareness about pain and pain management as it pertains to veterinary patients.


The theme “The Most Common Signs of Pain in Your Pet” will help engage owners in understanding that while we are different species, we ALL process and feel pain similarly. If something is thought to cause pain in humans it will likely produce pain in animals as well. IVAPM hopes to encourage owners to take an active role in recognizing the signs of pain in animals and seeking veterinary care.
September is the perfect month to increase animal pain awareness.  Join us in the movement to improve pain management in veterinary medicine!  Use the resources below to help us spread the word:



Let us know what your clinic is doing during Animal Pain Awareness Month!  We invite you to share IVAPM’s link on your clinic’s Facebook, Twitter and any other networking sites you use!