Canine epilepsy is a chronic neurologic disease that can impact the lives of both the affected dogs and their human caregivers. VetVine's #YourPetsBestLife Series is here to inspire and empower veterinary professionals and pet owners with information that will help everyone stay one paw ahead of the challenges that epilepsy can present!

VetVine, in partnership with North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, proudly presents The Canine Epilepsy Summit. Throughout this 4-part series you will learn from renowned veterinary experts about all that we can and should be doing to help our four-legged BFFs not just live with epilepsy but thrive and enjoy a best quality of life with their human counterparts. 

The Summit is now available for viewing On Demand.

 

Program Details:

Session 1:  Understanding Seizures and Canine Epilepsy

 

Presenters:  

  • Karen Muñana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
  • Ana Clara Muñoz, DVM
  • Ned Patterson, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

In this first session, we'll learn all about:

- Common characteristics of canine epilepsy and how it can affect dogs differently
- How to best approach each individual, and components of an exam and thorough evaluation for diagnosis
- Behavior as an indicator and comorbidity of epilepsy - Understanding focal seizures and behavior problems in affected dogs
- The genetics of epilepsy - dog breeds commonly affected and practical considerations if breeding dogs or buying one from a breeder


Session 2:  Canine Epilepsy - Management and Treatment Considerations

 

Presenters: 

  • Karen Muñana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
  • Simon Platt, BVM&S, FRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN
  • Devon Hague, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

The focus of this second session will be on optimizing treatment plans, and maximizing epilepsy care, quality of life, and patient outcomes

- Medical management of epileptics - Which drugs and when? Side effects and comparative costs of drugs. Monitoring patients and making adjustments to treatment plans.

- Treating medication-resistant seizures - non-drug treatment options and emerging therapies

- Answers to the most commonly asked questions about medications and patient management

 

Session 3:  Canine Epilepsy - Management and Treatment Considerations ... Continued

 

Presenters: 

  • Holger Volk, PhD, PGCAP, DECVN, FHEA, MRCVS
  • Curtis Dewey, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), DACVS
  • Marios Charalambous, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DECVN, MRCVS, ABVS and EBVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
  • Devon Hague, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

This session will delve deeper into management of epileptic dogs through nutrition, integrative and complementary treatment interventions, and treating seizuring dogs

- The role of nutrition - what and how it can impact the disease

- Incorporating evidence-based integrative therapies in the care of epileptic dogs including medium chain triglycerides, omega 3 fatty acids, CBD oil, Chinese herbals, and acupuncture

- Management of seizuring dogs at home

- Managing the Seizuring Dog in the ER and veterinary practice setting


Session 4:  Lynchpins to the Successful Management of Epilepsy and a Achieving a Best Quality of Life for Pets and Their Owners

 

Presenters: 

  • Rowena Packer, BSc (Hons), PhD
  • Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP
  • Karen Muñana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
  • Julie Nettifee, RVT, MS, VTS (Neurology)

This session will delve deeper into the veterinarian-pet owner- dog relationship and the factors that can impact successful management of epileptic dogs. 

- What the research shows is important to pet owners, veterinarians, and veterinary specialists when it comes to managing canine epilepsy

-  Leveraging the veterinary team to successfully care for epileptic patients

- Quality of life assessment and considerations 

- Epilepsy and what the future holds

 

Registration includes: 

- Admission (View On Demand)

- Digital packet with helpful information and resources 



REGISTRATION FEE*:

VETERINARIAN & VETERINARY TECHNICIANS (4 sessions)

 - $79 - Non-CE credit eligible or

-  $129 - CE credit option - earn up to 7 hrs of RACE-approved CE credit**


NON-VETERINARIANS (4 sessions - non-CE credit eligible) = $29

 

 

 *FREE for VetVine Premium Membership subscribers

**This Program is approved for 7 hours of CE credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians by AAVSB RACE, NY State, and the NJVMA.