VETERINARY MEDICINE: AN OVERVIEW OF NEUROLOGY IN THE DOG AND CAT
|RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Nurses
Course meets the requirements for 18 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.
RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Interactive Distance; Program Number 57-35708 .
VetMedTeam is approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
VetMedTeam is approved as a Florida state sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians. The Florida Medical Board does not recognize technicians and therefore only addresses veterinarian CE requirements.
|Flexible Open Enrollment and the Activity Requirements
This course is designed to be as schedule friendly as possible as we understand it can be hard to fit interactive CE into an already busy life. Open enrollment allows students to enroll in this course at any time. Students can expect to be able to access their course with 48 hours of enrollment submission.
The participant is not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures. The instructor will respond to an assignment submission, or a forum question, within 48 hours, with extended time for holidays.
In order to remain in the course, a student must post assignments for grading on a regular, frequent, basis. Module or final exams, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.
However, the course is not designed to take months to complete. If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded as incomplete, as the lack of activity will indicate the student wishes to drop the course.
But What If Something Comes Up?:
There are times that students will have situations that interfere with their ability to work the course on a regular basis. In that case an email to VetMedTeam, as soon as such a situation arises, will allow us to work with the student to adjust the time frame. It all comes down to communication.
|Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements
Veterinary Medicine: An Overview of Neurology in the Dog and Cat will fine tune the practitioner's knowledge of the canine and feline nervous systems.
This course is at an advanced level and will require a time commitment to complete. Please review the completion requirements below as well as the information in the Technology Requirements section.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- develop comprehensive history taking protocols
- categorize the sign-time graph for patients with vascular, trauma, metabolic, and neoplastic neurologic disease
- create an effective neurological examination and lesion localization protocol
- differentiate between levels of consciousness
- differentiate between decerebrate, decerebellate, and Schiff-Sherrington posture
- differentiate the gait of a patient with orthopedic vs. neurologic disease
- differentiate between proprioceptive ataxia, vestibular ataxia and, cerebellar ataxia
- name each cranial nerve, describe its function, and major brain origination section
- outline the clinical signs of unilateral dysfunction of cranial nerves III, IV, VI, VII, and XII
- define and identify normal and abnormal nystagmus
- list the general components of the reflex arc
- describe the pathway of the cutaneous trunci reflex
- differentiate between superficial and deep pain perception
- identify abnormal neurologic signs associated with forebrain and brainstem dysfunctions
- compare and contrast central vs. peripheral vestibular disease
- identify nerves often concurrently affected by disease of the peripheral vestibular system
- list differential diagnoses for peripheral and central vestibular disease
- describe a patient with cerebellar disease
- define the clinical signs associated with a complete resection at the following spinal cord sites: C3, C6-T2, T12, L4-S2
- describe the neurologic signs of peripheral nerve, neuromuscular junction, and muscle dysfunction
- list the common forebrain, brainstem, and spinal cord diseases based on the VITAMIN-D acronym for dogs and cats
- develop a diagnostic plan for patients with brain, spinal cord disease, and peripheral nervous system disease
- determine when a cerebrospinal fluid analysis is indicated in a neurologic patient
- determine when CT is preferable to MRI in patients with neurologic disease
Instructor Graded Interactive Critical Thinking and Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge via implementation focused and patient based scenarios
Comprehension Quizzes: Must be submitted with a score of 80% or better, multiple attempts
Please note that the assignments for one of the modules will require the participant to create and upload procedural videos so as to provide the greatest learning experience, with expert feedback from a veterinary neurologist, within this subtopic area. This requirement cannot be waived - refer to the next section for more details.
A certificate of completion is provided.
Reading content within the course is provided via PDF therefore the ability to download files and open PDFs is required.
It is recommended that participants utilize a program such as MS Word to create, and save, their assignment submission to their computer. Then the information can be pasted into the assignment submission area.
There are 3 related assignments that require providing a self-created video. There is a detailed narrated presentation explaining how-to, including the option to use either YouTube' or Vimeo's free service to upload the videos. Also, a participant may opt to use a video sharing option that they are already used to using as long as the instructor will have the required permission to access, such as a password.
... I really liked it. It was very practical, lots of cases that you frequently see and miss many things. I think I have a clear idea of localizing lesions. It was fun to do the assignments.
... Fast and useful feedback from course instructor, and several clinical case assignments.
... The quizzes and the cases, the feedback was fantastic and very helpfull.
... I liked the written assignments, and the feedback.
Deena Tiches, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Dr. Tiches is a northern Virginia native, but currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, dog, two cats, a donkey, and a horse. She received her veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Her small animal internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists was followed by a neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She remained there as a clinical instructor until achieving board certification.
Dr. Tiches was in private practice in Maryland and Virginia for 16 years before forming Neurowebvet.com, an online consulting website for general practitioners. She enjoys training veterinary students, interns, and residents as well as educating veterinarians and pet owners. Her areas of interest are epilepsy and encephalitis. In her free time, she does eventing with her Thoroughbred mare.
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