Course Overview

Tommy has been having seizures. The owners brought Tommy to the hospital because his seizure was so bad the other night that fell off the bed and urinated on the floor. He kept trying to get up, but kept falling over. As the history and medical clues unfold, the author discusses a diagnosis and medical treatment plan that can be applied in any veterinary practice. As the participant progresses through the course, critical thinking examination questions will be asked. Depending on the answer chosen, an explanation of the correct or incorrect answer choice is presented to bring the participant into a deeper understanding of Tommy's condition and treatment.

CSI: Topsy Turvy Tommy is a Case Study Investigation that leads the participant from Tommy's initial diagnosis to treatment and successful case management. The goal of this case study based course is to bring awareness to the identity and treatment of seizures, especially when they are difficult to manage.

PLEASE NOTE:This course contains flash based Articulate presentations. iPhones and iPads are not natively flash compatible but if a flash compatible browser has been installed on the iPad the presentations will play correctly. This link Flash on iPads provides information on flash compatible browsers. The presentations may also be viewed on a Mac.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 1 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 is an non-interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-33411.

Some states require state level approval and do not accept RACE without it. We are approved providers for the following states. Note that the Florida Medical Board does not recognize technicians and therefore only addresses veterinarian CE requirements.


Content Author

Jennifer Garcia, DVM, DACVIM


Participation Access Parameters

This course provides open enrollment. Students may enroll at any time and are instantly added to the course and sent the course welcome email. After reading the information provided in the welcome email, students may begin the course.

VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Students login while the course is in session at times convenient to personal schedules.

Students will have 30 days from the date of enrollment to access and complete the course.


Course Content

This course material covers seizures, their causes and treatment options, as well as diagnostic testing.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This course is appropriate for all veterinary practice team members involved in patient care who wish to broaden and/or review their medical knowledge. The cases contain medical terminology so a fundamental understanding of general medical terms and procedures is recommended.

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

  • Identify intracranial and extracranial causes of seizures
  • Evaluate medications available for seizure treatment
  • Recognize the clinical and diagnostic signs associated with side effects of medications
  • Discuss the significance of therapeutic withdraw effects
  • Implement a multiple drug therapy to manage and reduce seizure activity


Course Completion Requirements

  • Examination: Students must pass the examination with a score of 80% or better

  • Course Survey: Students must submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the student will be automatically marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The student will have immediate access to the certificate.

Students who do not access the course for 30 consecutive days will be processed as incomplete.


Participant Feedback

...I liked Comparison of the different drugs used to control seizures, with side effects and costs.

...I love the case study aspect from the client phone call to the patient leaving the hospital and that you take into consideration real life scenarios of the clients financial situations. Very informative and enjoyable. I have been in this business for 25yr and this is the best courses I have been seen. Thanks

...Liked the suggestions on how to manage complications that can arise when managing patients with seizures.

...I liked being able to see the different epilepsy medications and decide which was best for Tommy based on his situation and the drug side effects.

...relevant to clinical practice and introduced new drugs...

...As a neurology technician this very relevant to my job. I liked having a chart of the possible seizure medications available. It allowed me to see all the options in a very clear and understandable manner.

...I appreciated that not everything in the case was textbook- ie patient a little older than most epileptics, needed to add a second med, owners didn't go for all the tests recommended (realistic).

...Looking at the bloodwork pre and post medications was interesting to see, as a tech the doctors usually get to analyze and look at bloodwork.

...the list of dosages for the anti convulsant drugs less frequently used.

...the chart of differentials for seizures, differentiating between intracranial vs. extracranial causes; the chart of seizure control medications with side effects and relative cost/expense.

...good information on discontinuation and transition to other medications in case of adverse side effects.

...I work in emergency medicine, and so see seizure patients fairly routinely. It's a good refresher on which meds to start with, and why. It's important for me to understand the potential side effects when caring for these patients.

...I liked how it went further on for treatments and didn't just stop with phenobarbital as the main treatment. Showing that there are multiple treatments for one disease and that the seizures can be managed in different ways was interesting.

...the identification of intra and extracranial sources of seizures. Medication regime for treatment of seizures of intracranial origin.



Price: FREE