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22 January 2020 20:00 - 22 January 2020 22:00

The clinical aspects of the neurological examination

Brookmans Park Golf Club, Golf Club Road, Brookmans Park Hatfield Hertfordshire, AL9 7AT

Join us for a great evening of CPD aimed at refreshing our knowledge of the neurological exam and illustrating how we apply it to clinical cases. Elsa Beltran is an excellent speaker and a Senior Lecturer at the nearby Royal Veterinary College. This course is aimed at vets in first opinion practice.

The neurological signs reflect the region of the nervous system affected by the disease. Accordingly, some neuroanatomy knowledge is essential to understand the neurological deficits. The major anatomical regions of the nervous system are divided in central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and neuromuscular system (including peripheral nervous system, neuromuscular junction and muscular system).

To evaluate the status and integrity of the nervous system we use the neurologic examination. The goals of the neurologic examination are to identify the presence of a neurologic problem and to localize the lesion within the nervous system. In some instances, the neurologic examination provides prognostic information on severity and extension of the lesion.

During the anatomic localization, we need to consider at least 10 different regions (forebrain, cerebellum, brainstem, spinal cord segments (C1-C5; C6-T2; T3-L3; L4-S3), peripheral nervous system, neuromuscular junction or muscles). The findings of the neurological examination will help us to explain the clinical signs with a lesion affecting one of these areas. Once we have finalized our neurological examination, we should be able to determine an anatomical diagnosis. It is important the use of critical thinking to list our list of differential diagnoses. A simple way that works very well in neurology is the “Five finger rule”, that will be discussed during the lecture.

Learning Objectives:
1.    Recognize and understand the neurological deficits
2.    Use neuroanatomy and pathophysiology to localise
3.    Develop a list of differential diagnoses and diagnostic plan
4.    Understand the management of the most common diseases affecting the nervous system using clinical cases

Elsa Beltran LdoVet DipECVN PGDipVetEd FHEA MRCVS

This course is intended for Veterinary Surgeons


Terms and Conditions: All of our evening courses are catered during the registration period - half an hour before the start of the course.  Please make us aware of any dietary requirements.  If you are unable to attend,please let us know on the contact details below as we may have a waiting list which we can offer places to.

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To qualify for an applicable refund, cancellations must emailed to or requested by telephone on 01452 726700. With over 30 days’ notice we will refund 70% of the course fee.  With between 15-30 days’ notice we will refund 50% of the course fee.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations with notice of 14 days or less, however if we are able to resell your place on the course we will provide a full refund.

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