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Veterinarians Huntington WV

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Tri-State Veterinary Hospital
(304) 525-8387
6474 Merritts Crk Rd
Huntington, WV
 
Ayers Animal Hospital
(304) 529-6049
1514 Norway Ave
Huntington, WV

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Barboursville Veterinary
(304) 736-8939
6310 Farmdale Rd
Barboursville, WV

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Help For Animals Inc
(304) 736-8555
1 Humane Way
Barboursville, WV

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Martin Veterinary Clinic
(606) 324-8036
1426 Grandview Dr
Ashland, KY

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Equine Medical Ctr
(740) 867-0066
764 County Road 31
Chesapeake, OH

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Proctorville Animal Clinic
(740) 886-9424
6129 County Road 107
Proctorville, OH

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Tambling, Fred R, Dvm - Barboursville Veterinary
(304) 736-8939
6310 Farmdale Rd
Barboursville, WV

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Olson Animal Hospital
(304) 736-1677
5980 Us Route 60 E
Barboursville, WV

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Dyer, Mike, Dvm - Ashland Animal Clinic
(606) 324-2984
3101 13th St
Ashland, KY

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Doing the Right Thing for Animals

By Patricia Rodriguez
For Veterinary Practice News


The little red heeler had a bowel obstruction and had crawled off into a ditch to die. By the time her owners found her and took her to Robin Downing, DVM, they feared that the veterinarian could do little but put her down.

This was in the late ’80s, in rural Wyoming, a time and place where neither surgical specialists nor pain medication were much in vogue in veterinary medicine. At the time, “Anesthesia was considered mostly for the purpose of restraining animals, and pain management was not emphasized,” says Dr. Downing, CVA, CCRP, CPE, Dipl. AAPM.

“In fact, in veterinary school, we were taught to fear morphine, because we were taught that it could cause respiratory depression and death. We weren’t taught the nuances of using (morphine).”

Dr. Downing works with a dog on a physioroll.
Dr. Downing works with a dog on a physioroll.
Photos Courtesy of Dr. Robin Downing
But Downing knew she could save the dog, if she could control her pain. Even as a young vet, she says, she had observed a hard truth: “Unmedicated pain kills.”

She consulted a client who was a medical doctor and general surgeon. He coached her through performing anesthesia and bowel surgery, and then how to manage pain through recovery. Two weeks later, the heeler was back to work on the ranch where she lived, helping herd 25,000 sheep.

“If I had to pick a watershed moment, that was it,” says Downing, 53, who moved to Colorado in 1991 and bought the Windsor Veterinary Clinic in Windsor, where she still practices. “After that heeler, my eyes were opened, and I began to look for ways to do a better job with pain management.”

The revelation led her to seek specialization in such fields as canine rehabilitation. In 2005, she even became one of just a handful of veterinarians who have earned a diplomate from the American Academy of Pain Management, an interdisciplinary society of pain management professionals.

And it has motivated her to become a leader nationally. Downing was a founding member and early president of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and she is the current president of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians.

“My interest in pain and pain management comes directly from my commitment to the human-animal bond,” Downing says.

Breakthrough

Downing says she saw the light very early. Her paternal grandfather had a beloved shepherd-collie, Danny. When Danny had a stroke, her grandfather taught the dog to walk again by leaning against walls for support. When Danny went deaf in old age, her grandfather had him fitted for a hearing aid. Even as a 5-year-old, the young Downing intuited how much animals could, and should, be an integral part of the family.

So, after graduating with a degree in English from Loyola University (a degree she chose partly because it gave her a career backup plan if she didn’t get

Dr. Downing, a founding member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, assesses pain in a feline patient.
Dr. Downing, a founding member of the International...

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