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of a problem case or an interesting case history.
Please note that we are unable to answer any questions about individual cases from owners – if you have a concern regarding your pet you must contact your own vet. For advice regarding a problem case one of our veterinary advisors will contact you during office hours. Please include your full practice contact details, so we can get back to you if needed.
Further websites on canine epilepsy
For further information on epilepsy, its diagnosis and management you might like to visit the following sites;
Initial funding for creation of this Website was provided by the Committee on Research, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia. The site is provided as a resource for all those concerned with canine epilepsy: owners and breeders of affected dogs, veterinarians, neurologists, and researchers. The Canine Epilepsy Research Consortium is a group of scientists from the Animal Health Trust in the UK and a number of American Universities including Missouri, Minnesota, and Ohio State who are collaborating to:
• share DNA samples, phenotype data, and genotype data.
• share credit for scientific contribution by co-authoring manuscripts.
• put discoveries into the public domain.
This site has an active discussion forum policed by neurology specialists. Another useful feature is the searchable database of neurology specialists in the USA allowing owners and veterinarians to identify a specialist in their area. For information on neurology specialists in the UK.
Vetstream Ltd is a leading provider of comprehensive, peer-reviewed clinical information services to the world-wide veterinary market. Its revolutionary information services, Canis, Felis, Equis and Lapis, support veterinarians from presenting problems and diagnosis to selecting treatment – helping them save valuable time, deliver the highest level of patient care and facilitate client communication.
Vetstream’s comprehensive, peer-reviewed, clinical information services:
• cover all body systems and disciplines
• are enhanced with interactive pictures, radiographs, heart sounds and videos of diagnostic and surgical techniques
• are up-to-date, easy to use and fully cross-referenced
• provide information from over 300 leading clinicians
• are used regularly by veterinary professionals in over 60 countries worldwide including approximately 40% of UK practices.
Vetstream Ltd, Three Hills Farm, Bartlow, Cambridge CB1 6EN, UK
t: +44 (0) 1223 895818 f: +44 (0) 1223 895819
Vetoquinol was originally a family business set up in 1933. The Vétoquinol name was created in 1952. The Vétoquinol Group is entirely turned towards the future and devotes all its efforts to searching for new solutions in the service of animal health. In 1996 Vetoquinol UK entered the field of canine antiepileptic treatments with Epiphen tablets (phenobarbital) and followed this with the launch of Epiphen solution in 2002. Vetoquinol UK supports education and training in epilepsy in a number of ways including providing training days for veterinary surgeons, telephone based technical support and the sponsorship of a resident neurologist at the Animal Health Trust.
Animal Health Trust (www.aht.org.uk)
The Animal Health Trust (“AHT”) was founded in 1942 as the Veterinary Education Trust by a veterinary surgeon, Dr W R Wooldridge, who saw the human advances being made in medicine and wanted to apply them for the benefit of animals. Bringing veterinary surgeons closer to an understanding of disease would, he believed, be of enormous benefit to animals of all species, and by the 1960’s the AHT consisted of four establishments focusing on diseases of small animals, horses, livestock and poultry.
Throughout its existence the AHT, which was awarded its Royal Charter in 1963, has been a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of animal disease and its efforts are now concentrated on the prevention and cure of disease in companion animals and horses.
The Neurology Unit at the AHT offers a comprehensive referral service for canine and feline patients with neurological problems or myopathies. The excellent facilities, including on-site MRI, electrodiagnostic capabilities and neurosurgical operating equipment, with related oncology and other services, allow a standard of investigation and treatment matched by few other centres in the UK. The particular interests of the Neurology Unit include investigation and treatment of intracranial, vestibular and spinal disorders and myopathies. The Unit also prides itself on the maintenance of the congenital deafness screening programme in a variety of at-risk breeds.
Dechra (Dechra Pharmaceuticals)
A business unit of Dechra pharmaceuticals PLC, Dechra Veterinary Products specialises in the development and marketing of licensed branded pharmaceuticals and specialist premium pet foods for companion animals in the global veterinary market. Our key areas of expertise span dermatology, endocrinology, equine medicine, ophthalmology, critical care and diet and nutrition. We’re committed to developing new products and services that support the work of veterinary professionals and enhance the lives of their patients. Dechra will continue to invest in products and added-value services that deliver our promise to veterinary professionals and pet owners.
Under the name Genitrix, Dechra produce Libromide for use as an anti-epileptic therapy adjunct to phenobarbital in refractory cases of epilepsy in dogs.
Clinical content provision
Specialists involved in the production of this website:
Mr S. Platt BVMS MRCVS DipACVIM(Neurology) DipECVN RCVS, European and ACVIM Specialist in Veterinary Neurology, Associate Professor at University of Georgia.
Simon Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 at which time he undertook a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Guelph in Canada. After spending two years in small animal practice in the UK, Simon began a three-year residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Florida where he was the recipient of the American Association of Veterinary Clinician’s Residency Award. From 1998-2000, he was assistant professor of Neurology / Neurosurgery at the University of Georgia. Until December 2006 he was head of the Neurology / Neurosurgery unit at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. In 2005 he was awarded the BSAVA Blaine award for outstanding achievements in veterinary medicine. Since 2007 he has been back at the University of Georgia in the Neurology service and is a full professor. Simon is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Neurology and of the European College of Veterinary Neurology and a RCVS recognized specialist in Neurology. He is currently president of the ACVIM Neurology specialty and co-editor of the BSAVA manual on canine and feline neurology and the new Small Animal Neurological Emergencies manual.
Dept of Small Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine,
University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7371, USA.
Dr L. Garosi DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
Laurent Garosi is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN) and RCVS/European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology. He is currently company director and head of the neurology/neurosurgery service at Davies Veterinary Specialists, England. In 2012, Laurent opened a dedicated feline neurology service which is the first of its kind in Europe. His main clinical and research interests are cerebrovascular diseases, neuroimaging and feline neurology. Laurent has published widely in the field of neurology and is a regular speaker on the national and international continuing education circuit. He has been president of the ECVN, past chief examiner of the ECVN examination committee and was co-editor, with Simon Platt, of a textbook on Small Animal Neurological Emergencies.
Other contributions from:
Clare Rusbridge BVMS PhD DECVN MRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Neurology
Clare Rusbridge graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1991 and following an internship at the University of Pennsylvania and general practice in Cambridgeshire, she completed a BSAVA/Petsavers Residency and was Staff Clinician in Neurology at the Royal Veterinary College. She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 1996 and a RCVS Specialist in 1999. In 2007 she was awarded a PhD from Utrecht University for her thesis on Chiari-like malformation & Syringomyelia - a painful disease occurring in some toy breed dogs. For 16 years she operated a neurology and neurosurgery referral service at the Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital in Wimbledon. In September 2013 Clare joined Fitzpatrick Referrals and the University of Surrey where she is continuing her clinical and research work. Her professional interests include neuropathic pain, inherited diseases, epilepsy and rehabilitation following spinal injury. She treats many animals with painful and/or distressing inherited disease which motivates her research aiming to find a better way of diagnosing, treating and preventing these conditions. In 2011 she was awarded the BSAVA J. A. Wright (a.k.a. James Herriot) Memorial Award by The Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity for her work with the Cavalier King Charles spaniel society with regard to syringomyelia. Clare is the veterinary advisor for the Phyllis Croft Foundation for Canine Epilepsy and is a frequently invited international lecturer in the veterinary and human medicine fields and has authored or co-authored many journal articles and book chapters, and acts as a reviewer for a number of journals.
Fraser McConnell BVMS CSAM DVR DipECVDI MRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging
Fraser McConnell qualified from Edinburgh University in 1993, and obtained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology from practice in 1998. He moved to The University of Cambridge where he studied at the Cambridge Veterinary School for 18 months obtaining the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 1999 and the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Radiology in 2000. From 2001 to 2006 he worked as a clinical radiologist at the Animal Health Trust and gained his diploma from the ECVDI in 2003. During this time Fraser gained extensive experience in small animal MRI and neuroimaging. Fraser joined The University of Liverpool as senior lecturer in veterinary diagnostic imaging and head of the imaging service in November 2007. Fraser’s clinical and research interests include all aspects of small animal MRI and neuroimaging. He regularly lectures and publishes on small animal MRI and neuroimaging. Fraser is a RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and is director of AVDIS a veterinary teleradiology company specialising in MRI and CT reporting.
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