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Neurology Conference

CVE Neurology Conference 2019

Join the Brains Trust - become a Neurovet!

Join the CVE in Cairns as we bring together three well respected specialists to talk all things Neurology!

General practitioners can feel uncomfortable and even overwhelmed by the idea of having to assess patients with suspected neurological disease.

It is often wrongly assumed that these patients can only be evaluated by neurology specialists who have access to advanced diagnostic imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography.

Listen as presenter Steven De Decker shares more about the conference -

During this course you will however learn that many neurology patients can perfectly be managed in first opinion practice without the need for advanced and expensive diagnostics.

Clinically relevant topics will be discussed, including tips and tricks on how to get more from your neuro-exam, how to obtain a reliable list of differential diagnoses, the role of further diagnostics, seizures, other brain disorders, neurological emergencies and spinal disorders.

Each day will bring with it a new focus-

  • Monday- Neurological examination and neurodiagnostics
  • Tuesday- The brain – twitches, seizures, head tilt and a droopy face
  • Wednesday- Leisure day
  • Thursday- To walk or not-to-walk – Focus on spinal disease
  • Friday- When it all comes together

Many case examples and videos will be used to illustrate the most important neurological presentations. Clinical discussions will follow the principles of clinical reasoning, which consists of a step-by-step problem-solving approach.

The overall aims of this course are to make you more comfortable and increase your joy when evaluating neurology patients in a first opinion setting!


From your peers

“I’m definitely a neurophobe! Thank you for a great informative lecture and for improving my confidence. My take home message is now to keep it simple! Rather than panicking and trying to over complicate things as I have with neuro cases in the past”. Kim Brooks, participant in Steven De Decker's recent Clinical Reasoning in Veterinary Neurology PodcastPlus


Monday 23 - Friday 27 September 2019
11 August 2019
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
41 Wharf Street
Cairns QLD



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 spondylomyelopathy (‘wobbler syndrome’). Between 2010 and 2013, he completed a Residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. After becoming a board-certified specialist, he stayed at the Royal Veterinary College and is now Head of Service of the Neurology and Neurosurgery team. Although he is interested in all aspects of veterinary neurology, most of his research and publications focus on spinal disorders and neurosurgery. Steven has more than 80 publications in international scientific journals and presented most of his work at international conferences. He enjoys teaching and is therefore regularly involved in continuing education (CE) events around the world


Neurologist & Neurosurgeon, Small Animal Specialist Hospital, Australia. Patrick is an American and European board-certified specialist in veterinary neurology. He practices and teaches veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital, Sydney, Australia. Patrick’s interest in research involves all aspects of veterinary clinical neurology, with a particular interest in developing surgical treatments for pituitary tumours in dogs and cats. He also enjoys developing and delivering continuing professional education for veterinarians.

BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ECVN

Sam is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN) and RCVS/European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology. He is currently Senior Lecturer and Head of the Neurology and Neurosurgery Section, which he founded in 2009, at Melbourne University’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, after spending 3 years at the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary School. His main clinical and research interests are canine epilepsy, brain tumours, and degenerative myelopathy. Sam has published widely in the field of neurology, is a regular speaker on the national and international continuing education circuit and is a member of IVETF (International Veterinary Epilepsy Taskforce).

Course Fees

*Member includes: Practice, Professional and Academic members

NEW CVE Practice Member Benefit! Practice registration is available for those Practice Member clinics keen to share this educational experience amongst the team by sending different vets on different days. Contact our friendly customer service officers at or call +61 2 9351 7979 to find out more and register.