American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences


This special issue aims to provide an advanced forum for studies related to pain in veterinary medicine. The practice of veterinary medicine has changed radically over the past two decades, new technology and scientific breakthroughs have occurred, in close association with the field of human medicine. This progress has not only increased the capacity of veterinarians to provide high-quality care, it has also served to increase client awareness and expectations regarding animal care. Preventing and managing pain has become a key element of patient care quality in veterinary medicine, and pharmacotherapy is the basis of pain management. This field needs to be fully developed yet and any contribution on this matter will be critical to amend the background of the scientific community. This special issue will provide the opportunity to bring together researchers, clinicians and others with interests overlapping with those areas mentioned above. Pharmacology, toxicology, physiopathology, analgesia, anesthesia, internal medicine, experimental and clinical studies are welcome, as well as theoretical and prospective studies. Mini review article can be also accepted after contact and agreement with the editor.

This issue will publish research articles, short communications and clinical observations/cases. Review articles can be also accepted after contact and agreement with the editor.

There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Full experimental and methodological details, as applicable, must be provided. The special issue will be supported by AJAVS. AJAVS is a peer reviewed international scientific journal launched to cover current research in veterinary medicine. This journal is an open access and devoted to the publication of research / review articles concerned with the description, solution, and applications of veterinary medicine. (

Especially welcomed are: Manuscripts regarding original research proposals and research ideas Electronic files or software containing full details of the calculations and experimental procedure; if unable to be published in a normal way they can be deposited as supplementary material Manuscripts containing summaries and surveys on research cooperation and actual and future projects (as those founded by national governments or others) are likewise appreciated, as they provide interesting information for a broad field of users.

Guest Editors

Dr. Helen Owen School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Australia
Angela Briganti Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy
Tae-Won Kim College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University, South Korea
Dr. Cristina Vercelli Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Turin, Italy
Eran Lavy Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Mario Giorgi Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy


Review Article

Diagnosis of Pain in Small Companion Animals

Pages : 57-66

DOI : 10.3844/ajavsp.2015.57.66

Published On : June 15, 2015

Medical Abdominal Visceral Pain in Dogs

Pages : 67-76

DOI : 10.3844/ajavsp.2015.67.76

Published On : June 15, 2015

Pain and Suffering in Invertebrates: An Insight on Cephalopods

Pages : 77-84

DOI : 10.3844/ajavsp.2015.77.84

Published On : June 15, 2015

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs in Food Producing Animals

Pages : 85-90

DOI : 10.3844/ajavsp.2015.85.90

Published On : June 12, 2015

Research Article

Methadone and Dexmedetomidine Combination as Premedicant Agents for Ovariectomy in Cats

Pages : 101-111

DOI : 10.3844/ajavsp.2015.101.111

Published On : June 27, 2015