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IVAPM Certification

In 2008 our Board of Directors unanimously approved our Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) and Certified Animal Pain Practitioner (CAPP) credentialing programs. In 2010, the first graduates of that program got their certification.  In 2011, additional veterinarians and technicians/nurses got certified.  More are finishing the cycle in 2012 as new candidates start it.

We believe that pain is best managed through an interdisciplinary approach; that effective pain management can be best achieved through cooperation, shared knowledge, and the collective wisdom of healthcare professionals from many disciplines. The goal is to network allopathic and complementary clinicians together to develop superior ways to provide quality, integrative care in the recognition, prevention, and treatment of pain in animals.

The IVAPM certification program  is designed to represent a minimum level of competence as an interdisciplinary pain practitioner while providing the platform and incentive for continued and expanded learning in the field of veterinary pain management.

The current program is designed to best meet the needs of our core membership, the small animal practitioner in North America. However, this program remains relevant to all veterinary pain related professionals throughout the world, as it is focused on the foundational principles of pain management. Although we are about to start our fourth year of candidates, we are not yet at a point where we can  begin work on modifications of this program as needed for members focused on other species. We are also not ready to offer this test in other languages.  We knew from the beginning that this was going to be a gradual process, and our goal is still to serve all members of our academy

Further into the future we envision re-certification as well as higher levels of certification, reflecting the rapidly evolving nature of the field and the needs and capabilities of members functioning at more advanced pain practitioner levels.

Our current program will lead to the title of Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) for veterinarians and licensed technicians; Certified Animal Pain Practitioner (CAPP) for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with certification in canine rehabilitation.

This program has evolved since originally conceived in 2005. Its requirements have been aligned with other certification programs that have now become well established in our profession, although one unique feature is that all candidates, regardless of background or experience face the same application, examination, and case report requirements. Our CE requirement reflects a level consistent with the other respected certification programs. In addition, a basic skills requirement was added to parallel the practical aspects of the established canine rehabilitation and acupuncture certification programs. However, it is IVAPM’s strongly held view that the CVPP and CAPP recognition is well within the scope of any veterinary professional to attain, and we encourage all to consider its merits and begin the application process.

Our certification program is intended to emphasize the value of the many disciplines capable of enhancing patient comfort and quality of life, and to facilitate an understanding of the modalities not necessarily in the member’s current area of familiarity. We hope to facilitate the networking of professionals engaged in allopathic modalities, physical rehabilitation, and complimentary alternative therapies. IVAPM in general, and the CVPP/CAPP in particular, provides the stage upon which all professionals committed to promoting, enhancing, and advancing pain management in animals may interface. It is the foundation upon which the veterinary profession can build the most effective multidisciplinary pain management team.

The next CVPP/CAPP Application deadline is Jan. 15th. Thus, this is a perfect time to begin preparing! Read the Certification Requirements and Application Attachments page.

We urge you to consider initiating the CVPP/CAPP path, and I would greatly appreciate it if you would make a point of spreading the word regarding our certification program to other veterinary practitioners, technicians, rehabilitation therapists, and acupuncturists. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the IVAPM office at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   by email  or 615-301-3040 by phone

Best Regards,

Mike Petty
President, IVAPM



For assistance please e-mail ivapm@xmi-amc.com.