2018 MVMA Fall Staff Seminar

 A Practical Approach to Neurology
Simon Platt, BVM&S, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN, MRCVS
Thursday, November 8, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
This program has been submitted for 7.5 hours of continuing education credits
in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Dr. Simon PlattDr. Simon Platt received his veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1992; following he undertook an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, and then spent a 2-year period in private practice in England. Dr. Platt completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery in 1998 at the University of Florida, and afterwards spent 2 years as an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Georgia. In 2000, Dr. Platt returned to the UK where he was Head of the Neurology/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Health Trust until 2006; from which time he has been at the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia where he is currently a Professor. Dr. Platt received the AAVC National Resident of the Year Award in 1998, the BSAVA Blaine Award for outstanding contributions to small animal medicine and surgery in 2005, the UGA Clinical Research Award in 2010 and the David Tyler Award for Innovative Teaching in 2012. Dr. Platt has authored or co-authored over 190 journal articles and 50 book chapters and is the co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology and the Manual of Small Animal Neurological Emergencies. Dr. Platt is Past-President of the ACVIM Neurology Specialty and Founder member of the South Eastern Veterinary Neurology (SEVEN) group in the USA. Currently, he serves as Editor in Chief of the NAVC journal Today’s Veterinary Practice.

Seminar Description

Neurological patients can be a challenge to evaluate in a meaningful way and a greater challenge to investigate and treat. This day of video case-based neurology will aim to present a practical and efficient way to deal with neurological patients from a treatable standpoint. We will specifically focus on using video cases to illustrate a quick and easy approach to the neurological examination, dealing with spinal pain cases, dogs and cats with acute neuromuscular collapse and a how to treat overview of CNS inflammatory cases. 



8:00 am –  9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast 

9:00 am-10:15 am-A Video Tour of the Neurologic Exam

Dog examVideo footage will be utilized to review the most important aspects of the neurological examination in order to provide a condensed practical approach to these cases; and help you work toward where the disease could be and what it could be!

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to provide a practical neurological examination
  • Describe where and what disease could be present based on the practical neurological examination

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break 

10:30 am – 12:15 pm: Spinal Pain in Dogs: Causes and Management

This session will provide a case-based approach to the dog with spinal pain covering the most common causes, which include disc disease, discospondyitis, tumor, trauma and meningitis. We will discuss how to address these cases for the treatable, with medical approaches and their outcomes being the focus.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Identify common causes of spinal pain in dogs
  • Discuss treatment options and outcomes for dogs with spinal pain

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:40 pm: CNS Inflammation in Dogs 

This set of conditions is an extremely common cause of neurological dysfunction in dogs and can be responsible for multiple intracranial signs such as seizures, circling and blindness as well as spinal signs such as pain and weakness. We will address how to investigate these cases, and on a disease by disease basis we will present an overview of the best treatment options and prognosis.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Examine CNS inflammation in dogs to determine if it is the possible cause of neurological dysfunction
  • Describe best treatment options and prognosis for CNS inflammation in dogs based on disease

2:40 pm – 2:50 pm: Break

2:50 pm – 4:30 pm: Acute Neuromuscular Collapse in Dogs and Cats

Cat Fall Staff SeminarCauses of acute neuromuscular collapse in dogs and cats can include myasthenia, botulism, tick paralysis, Coonhound paralysis, organophosphate toxicity, hypokalemia and exercise induced collapse. This session will provide an overview of all of these conditions and present how we can simply differentiate between them using the neurological exam and inexpensive diagnostic tests as well as what the most cost-effective treatment options are for those that are minimally or most severely affected.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast causes of acute neuromuscular collapse in dogs and cats including myasthenia, botulism, tick paralysis, Coonhound paralysis, organophosphate toxicity, hypokalemia and exercise induced collapse based on a neurological exam and diagnostic testing
  • Explain the most cost-effective treatment options for acute neuromuscular collapse in dogs and cats

 The Fall Staff Seminar Generously Sponsored by

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  • Breaks and lunch are provided to onsite attendees. Email or call the MVMA if you have dietary accommodations.
  • Handouts are provided to all attendees.
  • Registration changes (onsite to online) must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Changes are a $40 administrative fee.
  • Registration cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Cancellation refund less a 10% administrative fee.
  • Need a hotel? Contact Delta Hotels Minneapolis Northeast at 612-331-1900 for a special MVMA rate of $139/night.

Continuing Education & Conference Center-Room 135
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
1890 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55113

 Seminar Costs 

Early-bird registration fee 
(before September 27, 2018)


Regular Registration fees
(between September 28 and October 25)

MVMA Member / Out of State Veterinarian $185 MVMA Member / Out of State Veterinarian $210
MVMA Life / Inactive Member $120 MVMA Life / Inactive Member $145
Technician / Staff / Other $115 Technician / Staff / Other $130
MN Non Member Veterinarian $235 MN Non Member Veterinarian $260
MVMA Affiliate Member $100 MVMA Affiliate Member $115
DVM Student $80 DVM Student $95

If space is still available after October 25, 2018, prices will increase by $50


Webinar registration option:

You have the option to attend the MVMA Fall Staff Seminar on November 8th, which will begin at 9:00 am CST, from anywhere you have an internet connection! Simply choose the "webinar" option during registration. The morning of the seminar you will be emailed the secure link to attend. Only the registrant has access with this link, and he/she must sign-in with his/her name and email address as it is monitored for attendance. The registered webinar attendee is also the only one eligible for the CE credits associated with the MVMA Fall Staff Seminar. The webinar is only available during the live presentation; it will not be offered later.

NOTE: Case-based videos delivered via webinar may be choppy and will not be as good of an experience as attending in person.