Colorado State University Veterinarians Host Free Seminar on Detecting and Treating Companion Animal Pain

Dr. Narda Robinson and Dr. Bonnie Wright of the Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences will host "Is Your Companion Animal In Pain?," a free seminar to help evaluate whether cats, dogs or other small animal are experiencing pain.  

The veterinarians will present an array of techniques for treating pain associated with chronic illness or aging. The seminar will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the James L Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital in room 120 of the Animal Cancer Center.

During the seminar, participants will learn how to identify common behaviors that may indicate pain. Robinson and Wright will discuss treatment options ranging from drugs to dietary supplements, acupuncture, massage and other complementary therapies.

Although the seminar is free, donations to support the pain center will be accepted.

This seminar is ideal for people whose companion animals are suffering from pain related to arthritis, neurologic conditions, cancer or chronic medical conditions.

All who are planning to attend must RSVP to (preferred) or call (970) 297-4202 by Friday, Sept. 26.

This seminar is part of a series of bimonthly pain medicine seminars offered by Robinson and Wright.

Founded in 2002, CSU’s Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine promotes pain treatment in animals to optimize quality of life and reduce suffering. The center provides integrative pain medicine and natural healing services for small animals, and education for veterinarians and animal caregivers.   The center’s vision entails examining methods of analgesia from naturally occurring disease rather than inducing pain in order to study pain.

Robinson is a veterinarian and an osteopathic physician. Bonnie Wright is a board certified anesthesiologist with certification in veterinary medical acupuncture.  Robinson and Wright work together in service, education and research on behalf of the center.

CSU’s Veterinary Medical Center James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital is located at 300 W. Drake Rd in Fort Collins. Parking is free; however, participants must enter through Bay Farm Rd as the Drake entrance to the hospital is currently under construction. 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 For a map and directions to the hospital during the parking construction, visit