Why Do Older Veterinarians Resist Pain Management?

April 10, 2017

Older veterinarians are more likely to show resistance when it comes to implementing a pain management program. Kristen Cooley, BA, CVT, VTS (Anes/Analgesia), instructional specialist at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, explains that this is because pain management was not as big of a deal as it is today when these older veterinarians were in medical school.

Older veterinarians are more likely to show resistance when it comes to implementing a pain management program. Kristen Cooley, BA, CVT, VTS (Anes/Analgesia), instructional specialist at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, explains that this is because pain management was not as big of a deal as it is today when these older veterinarians were in medical school.

It may not be that they are unwilling to the change, but that they have retrospective guilt and think that they have been doing something completely wrong for years and years. Still to this day, some veterinarians don’t believe that pets feel pain.