The Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists Spring meeting was held in Manchester this week past with the theme focussing on chronic pain. The whole event was very well attended and organised, and from a rehab point of view it was exciting to see several well respected speakers across different disciplines emphasising the need for cooperation and a multi-discipline approach to managing chronic pain patients.

We were treated to some fascinating insights into topics including current advances in functional MRI for understanding and treating chronic pain as well as the extraordinary anatomical insights of Leonardo da Vinci alongside behavioural and emotional aspects of chronic pain and updates on research into pharmacology and pain neuroscience.

AVA’s autumn meeting will be in Berlin from 9-11 November and we hope to announce more details as they are published.