Dr. Xie treating a dog

Integrative Approach to Veterinary Neurological Diseases Course Overview

Conventional veterinary medicine and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) differ in their approaches regarding the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases. However, when integrated, these two medical paradigms can lead to a deeper understanding of dysfunction and more effective therapeutic options for neurological patients. Understanding the disease process from a conventional perspective can deepen the understanding and application of TCVM theories and disease patterns, and lead to better TCVM treatments. Recognizing TCVM theories and disease patterns can deepen the understanding of the conventional disease and offer treatment even when there are no conventional treatments.

Just as the Eastern and Western veterinary approaches are most effective when used together, so are the modules of the Integrative Approach to Veterinary Neurological Diseases Course.  This course is unique in that it separately offers the TCVM and Western perspectives on neurological diseases from renowned veterinarians, creating a comprehensive training and thereby enhancing the student’s integrative skills. 

Although each module of the course can be taken independently, they’re designed to be taken together.

Course Objectives

This is an online distance learning course and is intended for both small animal and equine practitioners. Students will learn to evaluate and diagnose neurological patients and understand how to diagnose and treat the following disorders using an integrative approach: seizures, epilepsy, Wei and Tan-Huan Syndromes, cranial nerve disorders, degenerative neurological disorders, spinal cord disorders, cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), meningoencephalitis, encephalitis, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), facial paralysis and radial paralysis, and head trauma.

Update on Veterinary Neurological Diseases - Conventional Western Medical Approach

This module offers students the conventional veterinary medicine viewpoint of the treatment of neurological disease.  It’s RACE approved for 21 C.E. hours. At the end of the course, participants must complete an online multiple-choice quiz with a score of 75% or higher to receive their certificate of attendance.  Attendance will be measured by the time spent watching lectures online, which is recorded in our distance learning platform. Major topics include:

·         Equine Neurological Exam

·         Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis

·         Equine Encephalitis and West Nile

·         Seizure and Spinal Cord Injuries in Horses

·         Facial Paralysis, Radial Paralysis and Other Peripheral Nerve Damage in Horses

·         Conventional Evaluation of the Neurological Patient

·         Seizures and Epilepsy in Small Animal Practice

·         Cranial Nerve Disorders Including Facial Paralysis, Vestibular Disease, Deafness and Laryngeal Paralysis

·         Spinal Cord Disorders

·         Degenerative Neurological Disorders Including Degenerative Myelopathy

·         Meningoencephalitis and Encephalitis

·         Hydrocephalus

·         Head Trauma and Peripheral Nerve Damage

·         Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS)

The main speakers include:

  • Cheryl Chrisman, DVM, MS, EdS, ACVIM-Neurology, CVA
  • Roger Clemmons, DVM, PhD, ACVIM-Neurology CVA
  • Robert MacKay, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, BVSc 
TCVM Approach to Neurological Disorders

This module explores neurological disorder treatments from a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine standpoint. It includes 10 hours of lectures (RACE approved). Major topics include:


·         Introduction to TCVM Neurology and Evidence-based Studies

·         Wobbler Syndrome

·         Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM)

·         Traumatic Head Injuries

·         Neck/Back/Tail Injuries

·         Facial Paralysis and Peripheral Nerve Injuries including Sweeney

·         Wei & Tian-Huan Syndromes

Small Animal:

·         Wobbler Syndrome and Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disc Disease

·         Degenerative Myelopathy

·         Wei & Tian-Huan Syndromes

·         Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

·         Seizures and Epilepsy

The main speaker isHuisheng Xie, DVM, PhD