Course Overview

The brain is a complex system, providing control and regulation across multiple components of the body. When neurologic injury or disease occur, it can present a challenge for the doctor or veterinary technician.

For example, seizures are a common neurological disorder seen in general practice, yet the cause of the seizure is often left undetermined. Vestibular disease is common, and often the case is referred to a neurologist for treatment. Intervertebral Disk Disease presents to the small animal practitioner as an emergency and time can be crucial in the success of treatment.

The development of an excellent neurological examination and overall protocols will greatly aid in diagnosis and treatment. Neurology: Seizing the Core Components of Veterinary Conditions will hone an understanding of the brain, along with abnormalities seen in various diseases and conditions and will allow the practitioner, and the attending veterinary technician, to better assess and treat patients.

Neurology: Seizing the Core Components of Veterinary Conditions is an intense course that requires the participant to complete neurology exams on patients, and submitting information in the form of assignments. These assignments allow the participant to obtain a better understanding of neurology cases with the aid of a board certified instructor. Participants must work in a practice in order to complete this course.

This course was previously titled Advanced Principles of Neurology.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 15 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's 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.

This course is an interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-10690.


Veterinary Technician Specialty Academy Acceptance

The Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT)

Neurology: Seizing the Core Components of Veterinary Conditions
is accepted by the Academy towards continuing education requirements.

The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice (AVTCP)

Neurology: Seizing the Core Components of Veterinary Conditions
is accepted by the Academy towards continuing education requirements.


Course Content

Neurology: Seizing the Core Components of Veterinary Conditions is a comprehensive 6-week course covering the neurology system of small and large animals. It begins with the complete neurology exam, focusing on sensorium, gait and posture, muscle tone, spinal nerve reflexes, cranial nerves, vision, palprebral fissure, strabismus, nystagmus, facial and trigeminal neurons. The brain is covered in depth (including causes and treatments of seizures), along with the vestibular system and cerebellum disorders and diseases. The course will wind down with spinal cord injuries and diseases.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This course is designed for advanced veterinary technicians and for veterinarians in practice who wish to strengthen their understanding of the core concepts in neurology.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Create a neurological examination protocol, Using the examination to determine if the patient is abnormal and which system is affected
  • Define and identify normal and abnormal nystagmus
  • Define different parts of the brain and list their functions
  • Identify and classify seizures
  • Differentiate between intracranial and extracranial seizures
  • Identify and compare appropriate medications to treat different types of seizure activity
  • Identify abnormal clinical syndromes associated with the hypothalamus
  • Differentiate between vestibular ataxia and cerebellar ataxia
  • Compare and contrast central and peripheral vestibular disease
  • Name, describe the function and identify abnormalities of each cranial nerve
  • Assess clinical findings associated with diffuse lower motor neuron disease
  • Evaluate small animals for spinal cord diseases and identify clinical symptoms associated with spinal cord lesions
  • Evaluate large animals for spinal cord diseases and identify significant clinical symptoms associated with the spinal cord segments
  • Establish a grading system for horses


Participation Access Parameters

The design of this course allows participants to enroll in this course after it has begun, up until the enrollment deadline date. Participants who enroll after the start date do not miss out on any components of this course.

This course allows each student to proceed based on an individual schedule, as long as all assignments are submitted but he assignment submission deadline.



Participant Feedback

...I felt the course outline made sense. The use of neuro exam forms and submission of the cases really helped me apply what I have learned. I found the course very challenging and enjoyed it very much.

...Case studies were beneficial in trying to come up with a localization for the clinical signs presented.

...Neurological template will be of great use for my practice, and has allowed me to put to use all the knowledge I have obtained.

...I think the course overall was very helpful for me as a neurology technician to guide me in seeking the knowledge I need to understand what my job entails on a day to day basis. I now have a much better understanding of veterinary neurology than I did 2 months ago!

...everything! super helpful for my every day role in my practice! I'm so glad it was offered to technicians as well.

...the part about cerebellar and vestibulat ataxia was most beneficial

...I found that the gait analysis was the most beneficial was me. The way the reading material explained the differences of the different types of ataxia and where the ataxia would localize to has been very helpful in practice.

...The textbook was effective. The homework drove me back to the textbook to dig out the answers to the major topics of study, which co-incided very well with the major topics of interest and need in my practice. The course fulfilled my desired goal to have a thorough update of my clinical neurology.


Required Materials

Veterinary Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neurology, 3rd Edition: Saunders Elsevier Alexander de Lahunta, Eric Glass, Marc Kent

Important Text Information:

It is mandatory that each participant has access to this textbook as the content of the book is not reproduced within the course. It is up to each person to determine the best way to acquire the text. Some will already have the text in their library and, therefore, will not need to purchase another copy. The text is available as a print publication and as an eBook. Where to purchase and in what format is totally up to the participant. The text is not included in the fee for this course.

USA residents: Elsevier texts, both print and eBook, are available via the VetMedTeam Elsevier Text Portal at discounts off regular retail of 25 - 35 %. If you would like to visit the portal to take advantage of the discount please use this link:

VetMedTeam's Elsevier Text Portal


Course Completion Requirements

Completed students are awarded a certificate of completion. Completion requirements include:

  • Instructor Graded Interactive Module Assignments: Designed to help the participant reinforce newly learned material

  • Instructor Graded Interactive Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge though patient and practice based scenarios

  • Examinations: All examinations must be submitted with a score of 80% or better

  • Course survey


Course Instructor

Stephanie Kube, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)Stephanie Kube, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Kube graduated from Colorado State University with her DVM. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and a Neurosurgery Internship at the University of Georgia. She went on to complete her Neurology/Neurosurgery Residency at UC Davis and became a Diplomate of ACVIM (Neurology).

Dr. Kube is currently the head of the neurology/neurosurgery service at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital. Dr. Kube is also a certified veterinary pain practitioner and a certified canine rehabilitation therapist and she is credential-eligible to sit for the American Academy of Pain Management exam; she incorporates pain management into her daily practice as a neurologist/neurosurgeon.

Dr. Kube and her husband have 2 children, 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 horses and 8 chickens. In her free time she enjoys riding her horses with her children through the cranberry bogs of southern Massachusetts.


Upcoming Sessions


Course Fee

Price: $209.00



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