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Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital (VESH) - Wichita

Dr. Holly Smith earns accreditation as Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner

Dr. Holly Smith with dog on floor

IVAPM Certification (CVPP) is a program dedicated to enhancing comfort in animal patients. Candidates must complete rigorous courses in education, training, and hands-on experience in interdisciplinary pain management. Candidates must have 90 hours of pain related continuing education in the previous eight years. 

We are proud to announce and congratulate Dr. Holly Smith in passing the final (examination) phase of her certification with the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. She turned in an astonishing 400 hours of continuing education and now carries the designation of Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, CVPP. 

Dr. Smith is currently the first and only veterinary professional in Sedgwick County to hold this title. 

She said “I want to help pets not only in the peri-operative period but those with chronic pain states, lameness cases that just haven't responded to treatment, older dog’s with arthritis. And as rehab courses are completed, we will be able to help degenerative myelopathy cases with quality of life”. Dr. Smith is passionate about pain control for your pets and believes it is a critical step in the recovery process. Because animals are unable to vocalize pain, she has become an expert in recognizing the signs of pain and treat them appropriately. 

Click here for more information on how you can identify signs of pain in your animal.