Course Overview

This free course provides an introduction to concepts in companion animal pain management. Utilizing video presentations, participants will be able to view the first 5 units in the full program's Module One: Osteoarthritis and Pain.

The University of Tennessee offers the full Companion Animal Pain Management Certificate Program, along with other programs of benefit to patients and practices.To learn more about the University of Tennessee's Companion Animal Pain Management Certificate Program, including the option to enroll in the program through VetMedTeam, please use this link Full Companion Animal Pain Program



Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 1 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

This is an non-interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-10619.


Participation Access Parameters

VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Participants log in at times convenient to personal schedules.

Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting. However, participants who do not access the course for 30 consecutive days will be processed as incomplete. Any activity within the course will reset to the full 30 days time allotment.

Participants who are unable to complete the course may re-enroll at their convenience.


Course Content

This free introductory course presents the first 5 units in the full program's Module One: Osteoarthritis and Pain:

1. Introduction

2. Joint Pain

3. Osteoarthritis & Inflammation

4. Neuronal Events in Joint Inflammation

5. Spinal Neurons


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This course is appropriate for all members of the veterinary practice team interested in improving pain services provided to patients and clients.

Upon completion of the free course, the student should be able to:

  • Appreciate that OA is a "total joint" disease
  • Understand the diverse etiologies of joint pain in osteoarthritis
  • Although OAis not considered an inflammatory disease, know the role of inflammation in the disease process


Course Completion Requirements

  • Examination: Students must pass the examination with a score of 80% or better

  • Course Survey: Students must submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement the participant will automatically be marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The participant will have immediate access to the certificate.


Course Author

Steven Fox, MS, DVM, MBA, PhD



Price: FREE



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