Companion Animal Pain Management Practice (CAPMP) Fellowship

The CAPMP Fellowship would take place AFTER credentialing for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. In the human medical field, fellowships exist to provide training programs in specific areas of interest to improve the overall access to care.

Why was the CAPMP Fellowship created?

  • The advanced training in this Fellowship is important for several reasons:
  • Pain is a significant health issue for animals: Pain is a common problem for animals, and it can significantly impact their health and quality of life. As a result, it is important for veterinarians to have the skills and knowledge to recognize, diagnose, and treat pain effectively.
  • Animals can’t communicate their pain: Unlike humans, animals cannot tell us when they are in pain. As a result, veterinarians must rely on their training and expertise to recognize the signs of pain in animals and determine the most appropriate treatment.
  • Effective pain management can improve outcomes: Effective pain management can improve outcomes for animals, including reducing the risk of complications, improving recovery times, and improving quality of life.
  • Advances in pain management: Advances in veterinary medicine have led to new techniques and treatments for managing pain in animals. Advanced training in veterinary pain management can help veterinarians stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and approaches.
  • Legal and ethical considerations: There are legal and ethical considerations associated with pain management in animals. Veterinarians must be knowledgeable about these considerations to ensure that they are providing the best possible care for their patients while also following appropriate protocols and regulations.

Current Requirements:

  1. Completion of the initial ABVP credentialing in one of the following ABVP RVSs: Canine & Feline, Feline, Shelter Medicine, Exotic Companion Mammal, Avian, or Reptile & Amphibian
  2. Pass the CAPMP Entry Exam
  3. Pay the $150 applicant fee

Current Fellowship Program Details:

  1. Didactic and web-based presentations on topics pertaining to veterinary pain management. Approximately three to four hours are covered each week of the Fellowship. For web-based presentations, RACE standards are used. Namely 5 questions at the end of 50-60 minutes of presentation/readings with a passing grade of 70%.
  2. Bimonthly virtual meetings of applicants and some of the founding fellows to answer questions, etc. Applicants need to be in attendance for at least 4 of the 6.
  3. Find the full curriculum HERE.

To Successfully Complete this Fellowship:

  1. Complete all requirements within 15 months of starting the Fellowship.
  2. Being DABVP in good standing by end of Fellowship.
  3. Participate in 4 of the 6 virtual meetings.
  4. Pass any presentation quizzes with a grade of 70% or better.
  5. Pass the Final exam.

How to Apply:

Interested individuals should complete a letter of intent and include their most current CV/resume.
Forward to:
CAPMP Fellowship
Attn: Dr. Mike Dutton, DABVP; Founding Fellow in CAPMP
[email protected]

Founding Fellows:

Alexandre Daniel, DVM, MSc, DABVP, Feline Practice
Michael Dutton, DVM, MS, DABVP, Avian Practice, Canine & Feline Practice, Exotic Companion Mammal Practice, Reptile & Amphibian Practice, CVPP, CertAqV