Quantifying animal pain

Issued: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:32:00 GMT

Statistical research has played a leading role in the creation of two pain measurement tools for dogs and a welfare tool for farm animals.

The Glasgow Composite Measure Pain Scale (CMPS) was the first validated, multidimensional tool for assessing acute pain in domestic animals in surgical and clinical settings, leading to improved treatment. The tool is based on a statistical model and is unique in providing an intervention threshold for pain relief.

Since its launch in 2008, it has been downloaded by over 3,000 users from both veterinary practice and industry and it has been used by several companies for regulatory approval of novel analgesics.

A second pain measurement tool (GUVQuest) was developed for chronic pain in dogs, enabling its impact on quality of life to be assessed. This tool is suitable for animal owners and is being exploited commercially in web-based form.

A welfare tool for pigs has also been developed using the same statistical principles and work is underway on the development of similar tools for cows and cats.

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