Integrative Approach to Veterinary Neurological Diseases

Integrate TCVM and conventional medicine to achieve better clinical results in neurological patients

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Course Overview

Conventional veterinary medicine and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) differ in their approaches regarding the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases. However, when integrated, these two medical paradigms can lead to a deeper understanding of dysfunction and more effective therapeutic options for neurological patients. Understanding the disease process from a conventional perspective can deepen the understanding and application of TCVM theories and disease patterns, and lead to better TCVM treatments. Recognizing TCVM theories and disease patterns can deepen the understanding of the conventional disease and offer treatment even when there are no conventional treatments.

Just as the Eastern and Western veterinary approaches are most effective when used together, so are the modules of the Integrative Approach to Veterinary Neurological Diseases Course. This course is unique in that it separately offers the TCVM and Western perspectives on neurological diseases from renowned veterinarians, creating a comprehensive training and thereby enhancing the student’s integrative skills.

Although each module of the course can be taken independently, they’re designed to be taken together.

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Course Objectives

This is an online distance learning course and is intended for both small animal and equine practitioners. Students will learn to evaluate and diagnose neurological patients and understand how to diagnose and treat the following disorders using an integrative approach: seizures, epilepsy, Wei and Tan-Huan Syndromes, cranial nerve disorders, degenerative neurological disorders, spinal cord disorders, cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), meningoencephalitis, encephalitis, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), facial paralysis and radial paralysis, and head trauma.

Integrative Approach to Veterinary Neurological Diseases

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

Up to 31 RACE approved CE hours

Curriculum

Equine Neurological Exam

1h

Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis

1h

Equine Encephalitis and West Nile

1h

Seizure and Spinal Cord Injuries in Horses

1h

Facial Paralysis, Radial Paralysis and Other Peripheral Nerve Damage in Horses

1h

Conventional Evaluation of the Neurological Patient

3h

Seizures and Epilepsy in Small Animal Practice

2h

Cranial Nerve Disorders Including Facial Paralysis, Vestibular Disease, Deafness and Laryngeal Paralysis

3h

Spinal Cord Disorders

2h

Degenerative Neurological Disorders Including Degenerative Myelopathy

2h

Meningoencephalitis and Encephalitis

1h

Hydrocephalus

1h

Head Trauma and Peripheral Nerve Damage

1h

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS)

1h

Introduction to TCVM Neurology and Evidence-based Studies

1h

Equine - Wobbler Syndrome, Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM), and Head Traumatic Injury

1h

Equine - Neck/Back/Tail Injury

1h

Equine - Facial Paralysis and Peripheral Nerves Injuries including Sweeney

1h

Equine - Wei & Tian-Huan Syndromes

1h

Small Animal - Wobbler Syndrome and Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disc Disease

1h

Small Animal - Degenerative Myelopathy

1h

Small Animal - Wei and Tian-huan Syndromes

1h

Small Animal - Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome and Seizures

1h

Small Animal - Seizures and Epilepsy

1h

Instructors

Dr. Clemmons graduated with his DVM from Washington State University. There, he also was granted a PhD in veterinary science (emphasis in neurophysiology and clinical neurology). Dr. Clemmons then took a faculty position at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he practiced neurology and neurosurgery for 35 years before he decided to join the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Dr. Clemmons, a board-certified specialist in Neurology, has published over 100 peer-reviewed original studies, reviews, papers and abstracts and given numerous presentations, both in the US and abroad. At UF, he has had an active research program and is known for his work on platelet physiology and in the study of neurodegenerative diseases such as degenerative myelopathy. He has developed a number of innovative neurosurgical techniques including fixation of atlantoaxial subluxation and Wobbler’s syndrome. Dr. Clemmons taught veterinary and graduate students at the University of Florida for 35 years. Dr. Clemmons became a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA) at Chi in 2000. He was certified in TCVM Food therapy (CVFT) from Chi in 2009. He integrates Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and nutrition into his practice. He is a national and international speaker in the field of neurology and science of veterinary acupuncture.

Dr. Chrisman received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1968, an MS degree from the Ohio State University in 1974 and became certified in veterinary neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1976. Dr. Chrisman is a certified veterinary acupuncturist from Chi. She was a professor and Chief of the Neurology Service at UF for 30 years and integrated acupuncture into her neurology practice as well as a member of the UF Acupuncture Service. She is a Professor Emeritus at UF as well as the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is on the Executive Board of the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. MacKay received his veterinary degree (BVSc) from Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand in 1975. After 3 years of dairy practice in New Zealand, he did an internship at the University of California, Davis (1977-78) and a residency in large animal medicine at the University of Florida (1978-80). In 1981, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Florida. Dr. MacKay serves as a Professor of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where his clinical interests include general internal medicine with a special interest in clinical neurology. His areas of research focus are equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), anhidrosis and endotoxemia of horses.

Dr. Huisheng Xie (pronounced “Shay”) founded Chi in 1998 to train veterinarians in Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na. Before coming to America, Dr. Xie received his BSVM (equivalent to DVM) from the Sichuan College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He then received a Master of Science in Veterinary Acupuncture from Beijing Agricultural University in 1988 where he also served as an associate professor. In 1994 he moved to America to pursue his doctoral studies, and in 1999 he received his PhD from the University of Florida for his investigation of the mechanisms of pain control in horses using acupuncture. He has lectured around the world and has authored more than 20 books. Currently, Dr. Xie continues to teach and develop educational courses and programs at the Chi in Reddick, Florida. He also serves as a clinical professor at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In total, Dr. Xie has trained over 10,000 veterinarians to practice TCVM.

Enrollment Options

Available Formats

Semester

2020

Schedule & Tuition

Payment Information

A $100 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 30 days before the course start date.

A $50 convenience fee will be charged for payments and registrations received less than 30 days before the start of a session.

Add-ons

Printed Binders

$50 / module

Frequently Asked Questions

You will get 4 months of access to this online course. The course can be accessed through our learning portal.