This one-day workshop is aimed at veterinarians who wish to improve their confidence in recognising and treating epileptic seizures and seizure-like conditions.  It will use video footage and laboratory data of clinical cases to guide interactive sessions, helping attendees work through a variety of clinical situations that clinicians may find themselves in when dealing with cases in practice.  After this workshop, attendees will be armed with the ability to approach seizuring patients with a practical method of case evaluation, and to consider alternative diagnoses and treatment modulations.

Key Skills:

This workshop will provide you with an up to date understanding of:

  • The pathophysiology of epileptic seizures and the ways in which they can manifest
  • The key features of epileptic seizure activity and how to differentiate these seizures from similar appearing conditions
  • Management of epileptics and alternative strategies for dealing with poorly controlled patients

Anita Shea

RCVS & EBVS European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

After qualifying from Massey University in 2002, Anita completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She worked in general practice in both New Zealand and the UK before undertaking an internship, and subsequently a residency, in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Animal Health Trust in Suffolk.  Anita is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN).

Aware of the stigma that seems to surround the subject of neurology, Anita hopes to provide veterinarians in practice with exposure to the subject and advice to help de-mystify neurological cases.  In 2017, she completed a post-graduate course on teaching in the veterinary sector, in the process becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Following a move back to New Zealand in 2019, Anita is undertaking a PhD at Massey University, evaluating the concept of neurophobia in the veterinary profession.

A Practical Approach to Seizures: A Fitting Topic