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VIN CE Course NEUR100-0117: Seizure Management: Depolarization, Repolarization, and What we can do about it
Some of the lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format and others in a text format.

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Presenters: Anne Elizabeth Katherman, DVM, MS, DACVIM/Neurology
Dawn Boothe, Phd, DVM, DACVIM/Internal Medicine, DACVCP

Course Open: January 11-February 18, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, January 18, 25, February 1, and 8, 2017; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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 presenters 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. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-28215)

Course Information:
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. Phenobarbital, Potassium Bromid, Zonisamide, Keppra, Keppra XR, Gabapentin, Pregabalin, and Imepitoin will be discussed.

Week 1 (Real Time Session January 18, 2017): Seizure Pathophysiology and Principles of Seizure Management
Presenter: Anne Elizabeth Katherman, DVM, MS, DACVIM/Neurology
Format: Text
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session January 25, 2017): Introduction to Anticonvulsants and How They Work
Presenter: Dawn Boothe, Phd, DVM, DACVIM/Internal Medicine, DACVCP
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session February 1, 2017): Case Based Seizure Management
Presenter: Anne Elizabeth Katherman, DVM, MS, DACVIM/Neurology
Format: Text
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session February 8, 2017): Status Epilepticus and Secondary Seizures
Presenter: Anne Elizabeth Katherman, DVM, MS, DACVIM/Neurology
Format: Text
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to 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.

About the Presenters:
Anne Elizabeth Katherman serves as a Veterinary Information Network neurology consultant. In addition she develops continuing education courses on neurology topics for VIN, does research for the VIN Drug Formulary and is the associate editor for the neurology chapters in the VIN online textbook Associate. Dr. Katherman did her residency training at Purdue and Auburn Universities. Dr. Katherman lives in Hampton, Virginia. Dr. Katherman previously owned a Neurology and Neurosurgery specialty practice in Yorktown and Virginia Beach, Virginia, worked in both specialty and general practices in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia and was an assistant professor at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She has served on various ACVIM committees and has been a reviewer for the JACVIM.

Dawn Boothe joined the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She received her B.S. degrees in Zoology (1977) and Veterinary Medicine (1978), D.V.M. degree (1980), and M.S. degree in Physiology (1986) from Texas A&M University. She continued her education with an internship in 1981 at Auburn University's Small Animal Surgery and Medicine, then went back to Texas A&M University, Small Animal Internal Medicine for her residency program in 1985. Dr. Boothe completed her Ph.D. degree and fellowship in 1989 in the field of Physiology (Clinical Pharmacology) at Texas A&M University. Dr. Boothe is a Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine) and Diplomate ACVCP (Clinical Pharmacology). Dr. Booth has received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (University Level), May 1997, and the Merck AgVet Award for Creativity in Teaching, July 1996, at Texas A&M University. Currently, Dr. Booth is assisting in teaching Veterinary Pharmacology to second-year veterinary students and is the Director of the Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by December 21, 2016)
Non-Member $288 ($259 early bird special if enrolled by December 21, 2016)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on January 11, 2017 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.

To Enroll:
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  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.
  4. 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.
"This program (22-28215) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

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.

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

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