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VIN CE Course NEUR100-0113: Seizure Management: Depolarization, Repolarization, and What we can do about it

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INSTRUCTOR(S): Anne Elizabeth Katherman, DVM, MS, DipACVIM/Neurology
COURSE OPEN: 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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Practice Sessions: 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 CE Practice Area.

*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: This intermediate 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.

Course Description:
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 Course Materials: 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.

Recommended Textbook(s): 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 is currently in private neurology practice in Vienna, Virginia.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session January 8, 2013): Seizure Pathophysiology and Principles of Seizure Management
Content: 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.

Week 2 (Real Time Session January 15, 2013): Introduction to Anticonvulsants and How They Work
Content: 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.

Week 3 (Real Time Session January 22, 2013): Case Based Seizure Management
Content: 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.

Week 4 (Real Time Session January 29, 2013): Status Epilepticus and Secondary Seizures
Content: 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.


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)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
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*Note: "This course is RACE 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 VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 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/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) 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/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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