Free Seminar at Colorado State University for Pet Owners on Detecting and Treating Pets in Pain

A free seminar to help pet owners determine if their animal is in pain will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Room 120 of the Animal Cancer Center.

The seminar, "Is Your Pet in Pain?," is hosted by Dr. Narda Robinson and Dr. Bonnie Wright, veterinarians at the university’s Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine. The center is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

During the seminar, participants will learn techniques for evaluating their pet including common behaviors that may indicate pain. Robinson and Wright will also discuss several treatment options, from dietary supplements and exercise regimens to drug therapies, acupuncture and other complementary therapies that can help pets in pain. Discussions will also cover recommendations for when to start pain treatment and ways to reduce long-term progression and suffering.

The seminar is free and open to the public and is ideal for pet owners whose pets have arthritis, neurologic conditions, cancer or medical conditions involving organs such as the heart, liver, lungs, stomach or pancreas.

Owners are invited to bring their pets to the seminar for evaluation, but all who are planning to attend must RSVP to or call (970) 297-4202 by Friday, July 25.

This seminar is the first of a series of pain medicine seminars that will be offered by Robinson and Wright on a bimonthly basis.  

Founded in 2002, CSU’s Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine promotes treating pain in animals to optimize their quality of life and reduce discomfort. The center provides high-quality pain medicine and natural healing services for pets, education for veterinarians and pet owners, and conducts humane research to advance pain treatments to better animal lives and advance translational benefits for humans.

Robinson is a veterinarian, an osteopathic physician, and medical acupuncturist. Wright is a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist with certification in veterinary medical acupuncture. Both coordinate the center and treat pets at the university’s veterinary teaching hospital.

CSU’s Veterinary Medical Center James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital is located at 300 W. Drake Rd in Fort Collins. Parking is free and located at the front of the building. Participants should enter through the entrance marked "Small Animal Reception" and will be directed to the seminar room.  

For more information, visit or contact Robinson at (970) 297-4202 or