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Tuesday, May 24 • 13:30 - 14:30
Ethical and economical reasons for pain management

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Why is pain management important in farm animals? First there is an ethical and professional duty that has to be complied. Not only consumers but owners and farmers are increasingly conscious of animal sentience and the physical and mental consequences of pain and will look suspiciously towards vets that do not adopt minimal pain management procedures. But more importantly there is sufficient evidence that chronic pain is associated with sub-optimal performance, higher susceptibility to infectious disease, reduce product quality… It should be clear for vets and farmers that not recognizing signs in ruminants does not mean that there is no pain. We will review definitions and recall pain physiology – transmission, perception, modulation and thresholds – so that its effects on body functioning are sufficiently clear. We will present studies that have shown that effective pain management is strongly correlated with better performance (e.g. yield and fertility) by dairy and beef ruminants. Finally we will also discuss the constrains and limits – cost, residues, lack of knowledge – associated with the use of analgesia in production animals

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Professor George Stilwell

Assistant Professor, Veterinary Medicine Faculty - Lisbon University
George Stilwell took his degree in 1986 in Lisbon University. He worked as a practitioner for 15 years before joining the university where he now lectures farm animal clinics. George PhD studies were on pain management in cattle. He is a Diplomate by the European College in Bovine... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 13:30 - 14:30 ACST
City Room 3 Adelaide Convention Centre