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Scirj Volume III, Issue V, May 2015 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

The attitudes of veterinarians at two continuous education seminars in Nigeria towards pain and its management in animals

DR. NJOKU UCHECHUKWU NJOKU, DR. JOSEPH O. OMAMEGBE, DR. EBERE OBIAGERI ODIRICHUKWU, DR. ROCK ODIMMA UKAHA, DR. KELECHI THERESA JEREMIAH

Abstract: Veterinarians attending two continuous professional education seminars (CPES) in Nigeria were randomly surveyed about their attitudes towards pain and its management in animals.About 90% of respondents to the survey claim that they assess animal patients for pain. The most common drugs used for pain management by respondents were glucocorticoids (80.0%) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (78.5%). However, it is not certain if these anti-inflammatory drugs are used primarily for the control of pain per-se or for other conditions thought to be responsive to them. About twenty two percent of respondents who treated against pain indicated that they used opioids, while about 18.0% of them used ketamine or xylazine in the management of pain in animals. The result of this survey clearly points to the need to sensitise veterinarians, para- veterinary personnel and the general public in Nigeria and other developing economies about the importance of pain identification and management in ill, traumatised or operated animals.

Reference this Paper: The attitudes of veterinarians at two continuous education seminars in Nigeria towards pain and its management in animals by DR. NJOKU UCHECHUKWU NJOKU, DR. JOSEPH O. OMAMEGBE, DR. EBERE OBIAGERI ODIRICHUKWU, DR. ROCK ODIMMA UKAHA, DR. KELECHI THERESA JEREMIAH published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume III, Issue V, May 2015 Edition, Page 23-27 ".

Search Terms: Attitude, Veterinarians, Pain, Nigeria, Identification, Management

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