Unit ADE - Pharmacological bases of pain therapy

Veterinary medicine
Study-unit Code
In all curricula
Giorgia Della Rocca
  • Giorgia Della Rocca
  • 25 ore - Giorgia Della Rocca
Course Regulation
Coorte 2015
Learning activities
A scelta dello studente
A scelta dello studente
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Discussion about the neurophisiology of pain, its clinical consequences, recognition of pain and pain treatment, with esemplification of clinical cases.
Reference texts
Textbook: G. della Rocca, A. Bufalari. Terapia del dolore negli animali da compagnia. Poletto editori, 2016.Pdf available on "Unistudium" platform.
Educational objectives
The main objective of the course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge for future application of correct diagnosis and analgesic treatment protocols in different painful situations that can affect the main animal species of veterinary interest.
The knowledge of pharmacology is a prerequisite for the student who wants to follow the course with profit.
Teaching methods
The course is organized as follows:- Lectures on the main topic of the course.- Supervised discussions within small student's groups on the topics listed in the program.- Practical section with videos on the use of pain scales.- Self-directed learning (SDL) activity: preparation and description of clinical cases based on on-line research and material provided by the teacher.
Learning verification modality
Multiple-choice test on course topics or brief report (eg. clinical case).
Extended program
Pain Etiopathogenesis: inflammatory pain, neuropathic pain, pain from unknown origins (3 h).Clinical consequences of pain (1 h).Pain recognition and evaluation in veterinary species (dog, cat, non conventional species, horse, farm animals): preventive diagnosis, clinical approach, use of pain scores (3 h). Principles of pain treatment: pain mechanism-based approach, preemptive and multimodal treatment, reasons for antalgic therapy's failure (3 h).Clinical cases (from diagnosis to therapy): application of therapeutic approach in various painful conditions of inflammatory acute (traumatic, surgical, medical), inflammatory persistent (i.e. OA, cancer) and neuropathic (i.e. neuropathies, amputation) pain (15 h - SDL).
Condividi su