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Drennan Animal Hospital
(901) 305-8854
1890 N Germantown Pkwy Ste 103
Cordova, TN
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Getwell Animal Hospital
(901) 743-6515
1262 Getwell Rd
Memphis, TN
 
Greene Veterinary Clinic
(901) 452-3171
3545 Southern Ave
Memphis, TN

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GetWell Animal Hospital
(901) 743-6515
1262 Getwell Rd
Memphis, TN

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Central Animal Hospital
(901) 274-1444
2192 Central Ave
Memphis, TN

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Tina Brown, MS, DVM, DACVD
(901) 624-9002
830 N Germantown Parkway
Cordova, TN
 
Park Avenue Animal Hospital
(901) 458-0863
3734 Park Ave
Memphis, TN

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Cochran, Jo, Dvm - Park Avenue Animal Hospital
(901) 458-0863
3734 Park Ave
Memphis, TN

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Memphis Animal Clinic
(901) 272-7411
733 East Parkway S.
Memphis, TN
 
Eastgate Animal Clinic
(901) 683-6339
5082 Park Ave
Memphis, TN

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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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