Elsa Beltran

  • Webinar recorded on Thu 7th September, 2017
  • 1 hours 8 mins
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The Ease and Difficulty of Canine Epilepsy by Elsa Beltran. Seizures are frequently encountered in first opinion practice. Seizure activity is a clinical sign of brain dysfunction and not a single disease. The first important step is to recognize an epileptic seizure. There are many episodes that can look like seizures, however, they are not and therefore the diagnostic approach, treatment and outcome might differ from those dogs presented with seizures. During this lecture we will discuss the importance of the classification, a rational clinical reasoning approach, diagnostic work up and the medical management. The number of medications available veterinary medicine has increased significantly over the past years. However, veterinary surgeons still face the same questions: When do we start an anti-epileptic medication?, Which anti-epileptic medication do I prescribe? When do I add another medication? Who do I monitor the response? To answer these and other questions some consensus statements have been published in veterinary medicine. This webminar will summarize those and apply them to the daily clinical practice.

The Learning Objectives

  • Recognise an epileptic seizure
  • Develop a list of differential diagnoses in dogs presented with seizures
  • Elaborate a diagnostic plan for a patient with seizures
  • Understand the management and prognosis of the most common underlying causes for Epilepsy

After qualifying from the University Cardenal Herrera CEU, Valencia, Spain in June 2002, Elsa spent two years in general practice.  She completed a general internship at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2004-2006) before starting a neurology internship at the Animal Health Trust (AHT). Following the internship she performed the residency in Neurology/Neurosurgery also at the AHT. She obtained the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN) in 2011 and became a Senior Clinician in Neurology/Neurosurgery at the AHT. Elsa joined the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in October 2014 and she is now Senior Lecturer in Neurology and Neurosurgery. Since October 2015 she is the chairperson of the ECVN Education Committee. She is interest in all aspects of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, but has a particular interest understanding neurological sequels in dogs after traumatic brain injury, all aspects of neuro-ophthalmology and neurosurgery.




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