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VIN NEUR200-1021: Feline Neurology

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenter: Anne Elizabeth Katherman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Course Open: October 28-December 26, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9, and 16, 2021; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 12
RACE Category: 12 hours Medical

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Course Information:
This course is designed to give the veterinarian a practical and comprehensive understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and management of cats with neurological diseases. Topics will include the use of the neurological examination in the cat to localize lesions and a logical way of prioritizing differential diagnoses using signalment, clinical signs, prognosis and frequency of disease. In addition, specific and symptomatic therapeutic approaches to feline neurological diseases will be covered. Seizure management will be included with emphasis placed on specific recommendations for the feline species. Extensive use of patient videos will be used to demonstrate and test knowledge.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • recognize the neurological signs associated with cerebral cortical disease and determine the side of the lesion where appropriate.
  • recognize the neurological signs of peripheral vestibular disease.
  • recognize neurological signs of central vestibular disease.
  • recognize the neurological signs of cerebellar disease.
  • differentiate UMN lesion clinical signs from LMN clinical signs.
  • utilize techniques for performing the neurological examination specific to the feline species.
  • localize lesions within the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves based on abnormalities identified in the neurological examination.
  • make an ordered differential diagnosis list based on signalment, history, clinical signs and frequency of disease for a cat with neurological problems.
  • prioritize the diagnostic workup for a cat with neurological disease based on likelihood of disease, prognosis, and cost/benefit.
  • make therapeutic decisions for cats with neurological disease taking into consideration adverse side effects, drug interactions, ease of administration and drug costs.
  • evaluate and treat a cat presented with head trauma.
  • understand the causes and long-term management of seizures in the cat.
  • select appropriate measures for the management of status epilepticus in the cat.
  • understand the clinical signs, etiology, and management of myasthenia gravis, oro-facial pain syndrome, and hyperesthesia syndrome in the cat.

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians actively interested in feline neurology.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 12 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-884872)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session November 4, 2021): Behavior and Gait Analysis in the Cat

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 11, 2021): Neurological Examination

Week 3 (Real Time Session November 18, 2021): Clinical Syndromes: Cerebral Cortex

**** BREAK - November 25, 2021 ****

Week 4 (Real Time Session December 2, 2021): Clinical Syndromes: Vestibular System and Cerebellum

Week 5 (Real Time Session December 9, 2021): Clinical Syndromes: Spinal Cord and Peripheral Neuropathies

Week 6 (Real Time Session December 16, 2021): Episodic and Autonomic Neurologic Diseases of the Cat

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.

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.

Enrollment is closed.

Tuition: Member $276 ($248 early bird special if enrolled by October 14, 2021)
Non-Member $413 ($372 early bird special if enrolled by October 14, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on November 4, 2021 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*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. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

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.

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

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

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