Course Overview

The brain is a complex system, providing control and regulation across multiple components of the body. When neurologic injury or diseases occur, it can present a diagnostic and treatment challenge

Seizures are a common neurological disorder seen in general practice. Vestibular disease is not uncommon. 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 process and effective overall protocols will greatly aid in diagnosis and treatment. It is vital to hone an advanced understanding of neurology, including abnormalities seen in various diseases and conditions. This will allow the practitioner, and the attending veterinary technician, to better assess and treat patients.

Neurology: An Overview in the Dog and Cat is designed to provide a learning experience that will help the participant incorporate strong neurology skills and protocols into practice.


Continuing Education Credits

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.

This course is an interactive distance course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-29228 .

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.


Course Focus, Content, and Learning Objectives

This course is designed for veterinarians. Diagnosing, prognosing, prescribing, and surgery are solely within the legally defined veterinarian only tasks. However, veterinary technicians seeking higher level training may find this course beneficial. An understanding of the factors involved in neurology may allow a technician to provide valuable support both of the process and in the delivery of quality client education and counseling. Technicians will require the support of a practice veterinarian to complete the assignments. It is recommended that non-veterinarians have advanced general training and experience before enrolling.

Neurology: An Overview in the Dog and Cat is a 6-week course which will fine tune the practitioner’s knowledge of the canine and feline nervous system. The student will better identify neurologic disease in patients and localize the lesion within the nervous system (forebrain, brainstem, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system). Participants will become more comfortable completing a neurologic exam form for patients and formulating differential diagnoses based on signalment and history. A general knowledge base of neurodiagnostic tests is covered.

This course is at an advanced level and will require a time commitment to complete. Please review the information in the "Completion Requirements" section and 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


Open Enrollment and Activity Requirements

Open enrollment allows students to enroll in a course at a time that is best for their schedule. Each participant has a personal start and end date. Unless otherwise requested, a participant's start date will be within 48 hours of payment submission.

During their personal 6 weeks of access time, the participant is not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures. However, all assignments must be submitted by the assignment deadline date.

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 schedule.


Completion Requirements

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

  • Module Comprehension Quizzes: Designed to help the participant reinforce newly learned material and must be submitted with a score of 80% or better

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

  • Final Examination: The course examination must be submitted with a score of 80% or better

  • Course Survey

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.


Technology Requirements

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.

Some sections of the course give the student the option of viewing on the page or via a PDF document; the latter facilitates downloading for future reference.

Participants will need to be able to scan a provided document and upload it into the course itself, as a PDF.

Video Assignments:

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.


Required Textbook

Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology, 3rd Edition , Curtis W. Dewey and Ronaldo C. da Costa. 2015 Wiley Blackwell

Important Text Information: This course utilizes a textbook. It is up to each participant 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. Where to purchase and in what format is totally up to the participant. The text is available as a print publication and as an eBook through Wiley-Blackwell. The following link to their website is provided as a courtesy.

Purchase Text From Wiley-Blackwell

Important: Regardless of what option the participant chooses, access to a copy of the textbook is mandatory. Without the text, the student will not be able to complete the as the reading material is not reprinted within the course. It is recommended, if the text needs to be purchased, to first evaluate options and delivery times before submitting the actual course enrollment via our shopping cart.

However, if you wish to enroll in the course immediately you can ask us to hold off activating you into the course until you have the text in hand, via the notes section within the shopping cart.


Participant Feedback

... 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.


Course Instructor

Deena Tiches, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)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, 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.



Price: $209.00

This course is eligible for the 10% Multi-course discount. To learn more about the discount please visit the Multi-Course Discount page.