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Approach to Spinal Disease in General Practice TimeOnline

Approach to Spinal Disease in General Practice TimeOnline

Spinal disease is a common clinical presentation in veterinary practice. It is however a misconception that these conditions can only be managed by veterinary specialists. During this course we will emphasize on what you can do in general practice without expensive diagnostics and invasive treatments.

We will see in the first module how following the principles of a problem-based clinical-reasoning approach will allow you to recognise the most likely diagnosis in dogs with acute paralysis. This will help you differentiating between cases that can be managed in clinical practice and those that require referral.

We will introduce the ‘5-finger-rule’ which will greatly help you differentiating between surgical and non-surgical spinal emergencies.
The second module will introduce you to a group of common, but poorly understood conditions; chronic spinal disorders. We will discuss new insights and remaining controversies about the most common chronic spinal disorders, such as Type II intervertebral disc disease, vertebral/spinal malformations, degenerative lumbosacral stenosis and cervical spondylomyelopathy (‘wobbler syndrome’).
Module three will focus on another common clinical presentation: neck problems in dogs. We will highlight different clinical presentations and discuss how to recognise the most common clinical presentations.
The last module will highlight that some common canine spinal disorders occur only very rarely in cats. You therefore need to consider different conditions and a different diagnostic approach when evaluating a cat with spinal disease. We will see again how following the principles of clinical reasoning can help you recognizing the most likely spinal condition in your feline patient.


Learning Outcomes 

By successfully completing this course, you will:

    • Be comfortable assessing the most common causes of acute paralysis in practice
    • Have a basic understanding of the current concepts and controversies associated with chronic spinal disease
    • Be able to recognise a neck problem and list the most likely differentials for your patient
    • Know that cats are affected by different spinal conditions than dogs


  1. Acute spinal disease in dogs
  2. Chronic spinal disease in dogs
  3. Neck problems in dogs
  4. Spinal disease in cats

What is a TimeOnline?

Flexible and accessible online CPD

TimeOnline is quality online education delivered by veterinary experts in short, manageable timeframes.

Build in-demand skills in key clinical areas. Engage with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum. The programs are further enhanced by concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and round out the program. Earn 10 CPD point with completion of each TimeOnline course.

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians. Veterinary students are welcome to enrol.

Registrant Type Price
Member* $486
Recent Graduate / Part-time Professional Member  $303
Student Member $152
eMember / Non-Member $607

*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members.

Monday, 12 April 2021 to
Sunday, 09 May 2021
10 CPD Point/s
Delivered Online

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Dr Steven  De Decker
Steven De Decker
Dr Steven  De Decker
Steven De Decker
Steven graduated in 2005 from Ghent University in Belgium. After graduation, he performed there a Rotating Internship followed by a PhD about disk-associated cervical spondylomyelo...


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