Enrollment is closed.
Instructor(s): Anne Elizabeth Katherman, DVM, MS, DipACVIM/Neurology
NEUR100-0115: Seizure Management: Depolarization, Repolarization, and What we can do about it
In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.
January 7-February 14, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Wednesdays, January 14, 21, 28, and February 4; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
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In order to prepare you for a successful experience
in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first
Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
is up to 1 hour in length.
For more information, please visit the
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*The instructor for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend
one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course will be open to veterinarians
actively interested in seizure management.
VIN CE Course:
Open to veterinarians.
This course has been approved by RACE for veterinarians.
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.
The primary purpose of this course is to provide an in depth
understanding of how various anticonvulsants work and how to use
this information to make decisions regarding which anticonvulsant
to use for a given patient and when to alter the dose or change
the drug. The course will include a discussion of seizure pathophysiology,
general principles of seizure management, drug monitoring and a discussion
of the most commonly used anticonvulsants in the canine and feline species.
Case examples will be provided to illustrate the principles of seizure management.
Management of patients with cluster seizures and status epilepticus will
be included and alternatives for anticonvulsants which are currently difficult
to obtain will be discussed. The course will also include an overview of
the diagnostic workup for patients with secondary seizures.
This course consists of four (4) 2-hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test.
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
- Understand how different anticonvulsants act to control seizures.
- Select an anticonvulsant based on the advantages of a particular
drug for a particular patient.
- Understand when drug monitoring may be helpful in making seizure management
decisions and how and when to perform drug levels.
- Follow a logical algorithm for the treatment of status epilepticus based
on patient evaluation and available drugs.
- Recognize those patients who are more likely to have secondary seizures
and form an appropriate list of differential diagnoses.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
- Platt SR, Olby NS (2013).
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology.
Available from the VIN Bookstore:
- Lorenz MD, Coates J, Kent M (2011).
Handbook of Veterinary Neurology 5th Edition.
Available from the VIN Bookstore:
- Fitzmaurice S. ed. By Fred Nind.
Saunders Solutions in Veterinary Practice: Small Animal Neurology.
- Messonnier S.
Veterinary Neurology: The Practical Veterinarian Series.
When purchasing a text from the VIN Bookstore, remember to login to receive your VIN discount!
About the Instructors:
Dr. Anne Elizabeth Katherman received her DVM from Ohio State University
in 1976 and her MS from the University of Minnesota in 1981. She completed a
veterinary neurology residency at Purdue and Auburn Universities in 1981.
Dr. Katherman is an ACVIM Neurology Diplomate. Dr. Katherman was in academic,
private specialty practice and general practice for 32 years.
Currently she works full time for VIN as a researcher and educator.
(Real Time Session January 14, 2015):
Seizure Pathophysiology and Principles of Seizure Management
This week will cover the most current information on anticonvulsant
drug receptors in the nervous system, how to accurately judge
anticonvulsant efficacy, anticonvulsant drug monitoring and the
principles for adding and discontinuing anticonvulsants.
(Real Time Session January 21, 2015):
Introduction to Anticonvulsants and How They Work
This week will cover choosing an anticonvulsant based on onset of
action, time to steady state, frequency of administration,
side effects, cost and drug interactions. Phenobarbital, Potassium Bromide,
Zonisamide, Keppra, Gabapentin, Pregablin and Imepitoin will be discussed.
(Real Time Session January 28, 2015):
Case Based Seizure Management
This week will be devoted to presenting different cases in order
to illustrate the principles of seizure management and allow
participants to make decisions using real patient histories and drug levels.
(Real Time Session February 4, 2015):
Status Epilepticus and Secondary Seizures
This week will cover management of status epilepticus with emphasis
on patient assessment, treatment algorithms and management of cerebral
edema. An overview of the diagnostic workup for secondary seizures
will also be included.
CE Credits: 8
Member $168 ($151 early bird special if enrolled by December 24, 2014)
Non-Member $266 ($239 early bird special if enrolled by December 24, 2014)
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes,
enrollment will close at 5 pm ET on January 7, 2015
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
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*Note: "This course is approved for 8 continuing education credits in jurisdictions
which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some
boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or
restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education."
Call VIN CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 for further information.
(Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for
information regarding recognition by their board).
Course withdrawal and refund policy:
A complete refund of the paid course price will be
issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course.
If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797
to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you
call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.
*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the
VIN Course Catalog
The CE team:
Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator
VIN CE Services: CEonVIN@vin.com
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