Pain Relief and Recovery: Cornell Comparative Pain Medicine Program
Pain Treatment Service
Pain management in animals is now recognized as an integral aspect of veterinary practice that offers many advantages to patients. Anyone who has experienced a painful episode is well aware of the discomfort involved. If not addressed appropriately, pain is not only similarly uncomfortable in our animal patients, but may also lead to delayed healing and exaggerated stress in already sick or injured patients. Untreated pain potentially results in further injury, illness, and severe behavioral changes typical of human depression and dysfunction.
About the Pain Service
The section of Anesthesiology at the Cornell University Hospital for Animal has always been committed to prudent perioperative care for both large and small animals, lab animals, and zoo patients/wildlife including acute and intensive pain management. Classically, anesthesiologists have focused on perioperative or surgical care, safely maintaining the vital functions of the body and relieving pain associated with more invasive procedures. However, today's veterinary anesthesiologists also function as intricate leaders of a pain service team including surgeons, oncologists, internal medicine specialists, veterinary nurses, technicians, and physical therapists. With their combined expertise, they work together to identify causes of pain in our animal patients, tailoring a plan for the most effective treatment of a particular pain problem for animals in surgery and for outpatients as well.