Colorado State University Veterinarians Host Workshop on Causes and Conservative Treatments for Back Pain in Small Animals

Dr. Narda Robinson and Dr. Bonnie Wright from the Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine at Colorado State University will host "Ow! My Aching Back! Causes and Conservative Treatments for Back Pain in Small Animals." The event will run from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Room 118-120, in the Animal Cancer Center.

Colorado State’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital is located at the Veterinary Medical Center, 300 W. Drake Road in Fort Collins. Parking is free.

During the seminar, participants will learn to recognize back pain in dogs and cats. Wright and Robinson also will review the anatomy and physiology of back pain to help participants understand why backs hurt. They will discuss nonsurgical treatment options for back pain in small animals and the science behind those treatments.

The seminar is free and open to the public. A $10 donation to support the pain center is encouraged. All who are planning to attend must RSVP to (preferred) or call (970) 297-4202 by Friday, Jan. 23.

Founded in 2002, CSU’s Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine promotes the treatment of pain in animals to optimize quality of life and reduce suffering. The center, part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is located in the Veterinary Medical Center. The center provides integrative pain medicine and natural healing services for small animals and education for veterinarians and animal caregivers.  

The center, which is self-supporting, studies pain management methods through examinations of animals that have naturally occurring disease rather than inducing pain to study pain. Donations help support this work on behalf of animals in pain.

Robinson is a veterinarian and an osteopathic physician. 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.