Advanced Integrative Approach to Small Animal Neurology

Create a targeted diagnostic plan and devise effective treatment protocols by integrating the two worlds of conventional veterinary medicine and TCVM


Course Overview

True integration of conventional (Western) veterinary medicine and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) requires the ability to treat these two seemingly disparate conceptual entities as two interrelated and synergistic parts of an indivisible whole. From pathophysiology to treatment, conventional veterinary and TCVM principles are typically mutually translatable. This course covers key aspects of diagnosing and treating small animal neurologic disorders from this inclusive integrative standpoint. As such, this course provides a complete and clinically relevant overview of localizing lesions, generating differential diagnosis lists, creating targeted diagnostic plans, and devising effective treatment protocols-all from the standpoint of combining conventional veterinary medicine and TCVM at each step. At the end of the course, the practitioner will feel confident in diagnosing and developing treatment strategies for the most common neurologic disorders encountered in small animal practice.

This class will be ideal for anyone who wishes to feel comfortable diagnosing and treating small animal neurology patients from both western and eastern standpoints. This course will both simplify small animal neurology and offer insights into integrative diagnosis and treatment. This course is RACE-approved for 20 CE hours.


Course Objectives

Lesions of the nervous system result in very predictable clinical patterns in dogs and cats. Since TCVM is pattern-based, neurological disorders can be efficiently recognized and categorized. Contrary to the traditional method of learning complex neuroanatomy prior to the neuroanatomic diagnosis, this course tackles crucial aspects first as they relate to the whole. As opposed to treating TCVM as an “add on” to conventional veterinary medicine, TCVM and conventional veterinary medicine are combined for a comprehensive, integrative approach.

The main objectives of this course are the following:

  • Learn and identify the correct neuroanatomic and TCVM pattern diagnosis
  • Understand of integrative pathophysiologic mechanisms of various neurologic diseases
  • Explain diagnostic testing methods in integrative terms
  • Provide a variety of integrative treatment options for common small animal neurologic disorders

Advanced Integrative Approach to Small Animal Neurology

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

20 RACE approved CE hours


Integrative Small Animal Neurology: Introduction and Translation of Basic Physiologic Concepts


Applied Functional Neuroanatomy: Working Knowledge for Clinical Practice


Signalment, History and the Differential Diagnosis


The Neurologic Examination from an Integrative Perspective


Anatomic and Physiologic Mechanisms of Acupuncture


Stagnation in Small Animal Neurology: Anatomy and Physiology of Pain


Commonly Used Chinese Herbal Medicines for Small Animal Neurology


A Dog in Wolf’s Clothing (Actually, Just a Dog): Food Therapy for Selected Neurologic Conditions


An Overview of Tui-na for Small Animal Neurology Patients


Yang in a Box: An Introduction to Photobiomodulation Therapy for Neurologic Problems


Small Animal Qi-Gong: An Introduction to Exercise Therapy for Neurologic Disorders


Seizure Management


Canine Cognitive Dysfunction


Inflammatory Disorders of the Central Nervous System


Disorders of the Cervical Spine


Disorders of the Thoracolumbar Spine


Degenerative Lumbosacral Stenosis


Selected Disorders of the Peripheral Nervous System



Dr. Dewey is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and has served on the editorial board of several veterinary journals. He is currently in private practice at Elemental Pet Vets, PLLC, a company that focuses on Integrative Veterinary Medicine and rehabilitation/exercise therapy. He was a faculty neurologist at Texas A&M University (1995-2001), a staff neurologist at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (2001-2006), and a faculty member at Cornell University for nearly 15 years. Dr. Dewey has authored/coauthored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and many textbook chapters, including Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology; Dr. Theresa Fossum’s Small Animal Surgery; and his own acupuncture textbook, Clinician’s Guide to Canine Acupuncture. He is a member of AVMA, IVAS, AATCVM and IVAPM, and has served on the ACVIM (Neurology) Residency Training Committee (2005-2008; committee chair 2007-2008) and the ACVIM Taskforce on Neurosurgical Training of Neurology Residents (2004-2010; committee chair 2007-2010). Dr. Dewey was the recipient of the 2014 Hills ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award, and recently won the NYSVMS (New York State Veterinary Medical Society) Outstanding Service to Veterinary Medicine Award. His main areas of research include seizure control, surgical management of congenital brain and spinal disorders, and integrative therapies for neurologic disorders and pain control.

Enrollment Options


2022 - 2023

Schedule & Tuition

Small Animal Neurology

Payment Information

A $100.00 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 30 days before the start date of each session or course.


Printed Binders

$50.00 / course