How to Set, and Attain, Appropriate Goals for Chronic Canine Seizure Control (1654)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Neurology/Neurosurgery
Saturday |  2:00 PM -  2:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||302A



Heidi Barnes Heller DVM
University of Wisconsin- Madison

Heidi Barnes Heller obtained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2000. Following graduation she completed a rotating internship at the University of Illinois and a residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of Florida. Heidi obtained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2005. She was the staff neurologist in a private referral hospital outside Chicago Illinois until December 2011, after which point she decided she missed academia and joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor in neurology and neurosurgery. Her main area of interest is in seizure management for which she has pioneered development of novel transdermal seizure medication. In her spare time she enjoys time with her 3 kids.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


What does good seizure control mean? Often, clients' goals do not align with our goals for dogs with chronic seizures. With the increased availability of novel anti-seizure medications, choosing the appropriate medication can be overwhelming. This session will focus on appropriate goal setting by clients and veterinarians and novel and ‘standard' anti-seizure drug treatment options. Additionally we will discuss when, and how to appropriately monitor therapeutic serum levels and trouble shooting for difficult cases. This session will be case based to allow easy translation to clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

1. Be able to form appropriate seizure goals for chronic management

2. Understand how to use therapeutic serum levels to modify a treatment plan

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