September 2018 Lecture Abstracts

Veterinary Series
Neurology Made Easy
September 18, 2018
Dr. Simon Platt
University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine

Neurology made easy sounds like a paradox! However, during this day long practical neurology review, we will use video cases to demonstrate how to evaluate your neurological patients quickly and effectively so that you can localize the lesion to the brain or spine and work out what the likely causes are and what treat for the treatable options exist. We will start with an overview of the neurological examination, breaking it down into easy portions that each tell a story of what could be going on. The next session will take us a step forward by revealing how the neurological examination can help us get to the bottom of the potential causes of vestibular disease. Throughout the rest of the day we will use a video case based approach to the investigation and management of spinal pain, circling and seizures. Specific treatment sessions will be dedicated to handling CNS inflammatory diseases and seizure activity. Rational medication choices based on the pros and cons of each option will be described for the best treatment of an individual patient.


Hospital Personnel Series
Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
September 19, 2018

Dr. Faith Banks
Midtown Mobile Veterinary Services

The concept of animal hospice and palliative care is a relatively new field in veterinary medicine. The International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) describes hospice as “care for animals, focused on the patient’s and family’s needs; on living life as fully as possible until the time of death [with or without intervention]; and on attaining a degree of preparation for death.” Hospice care always includes palliative care which most notably provides for the control of pain.

This lecture will introduce animal hospice and palliative care. It will focus on ways veterinary staff can help an owner assess a pet’s quality of life (QOL) and the significance of this assessment. Different quality of life scales will be discussed, and I will share the scale that is used in my house call practice to help owners understand what their pet’s QOL is now and how it can be used to monitor their pet’s condition as it changes.

In addition to the quality of life scale, other tools used in pre-euthanasia decision making will be discussed to help answer the common question, “how will I know when it is time to say goodbye?” Practical information will be provided so you can leave this lecture equipped to better help guide owners through this process.

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