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Anne Elizabeth Katherman, DVM, MS, DipACVIM/Neurology
NEUR100-0113: Seizure Management: Depolarization, Repolarization, and What we can do about it
January 1-February 8, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29; 9:30-11:30pm 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.
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*The instructors 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 only.
This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians.
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, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple
choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session).
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
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
- Understand when drug monitoring may be helpful in making seizure management decisions
and how and when to perform drug levels.
- Follow a logical algoryhthm 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.
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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 is currently in private neurology practice in Vienna, Virginia.
(Real Time Session January 8, 2013):
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
(Real Time Session January 15, 2013):
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 and Pregablin will be discussed.
(Real Time Session January 22, 2013):
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 January 29, 2013):
Status Epilepticus and Secondary Seizures
This week will cover management of status epilepticus with emphasis
on patient assessment, treatment algorhythms and management of cerebral edema.
An overview of the diagnostic workup for secondary seizures will also be included.
CE CREDITS: 8
Tuition: Member $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by December 18, 2012)
Non-Member $253 ($228 early bird special if enrolled by December 18, 2012)
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the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first
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