NeuroNews – November 2012

In this issue:

Canine Status Epilepticus Study:

In early October, we announced our participation in the Canine Status Epilepticus Study partnering us with the University of Pennsylvania, University of Minnesota and Chicago Veterinary Specialty Group. This ongoing study is enrolling patients in an important study for the treatment of status epilepticus and acute repetitive seizure. The study is designed to lay the groundwork for future study of additional medications and treatments that could revolutionize the treatment of seizures in dogs and the treatment of acute repetitive seizure in human medicine. As Dr. Bush likes to point out, this study proves the adage that dog’s are truly man’s best friend.

A seizure lasting more than 5 minutes, or two seizures without becoming normal in between are each termed the state of constant seizure or status epilepticus. In people and in dogs, the death rate from this disease is about 25% with 42,000 human deaths a year and those that survive suffer lower qualities of life and worse socioeconomic status. Current therapy is based on drugs developed for chronic seizure 40 years ago. There is a desperate need for drugs targeted at the constant seizure state (status epilepticus) based on modern research. There are many promising drugs that are not being developed because the drug companies do not see the financial benefit despite the tremendous need for a better, modern solution. If a drug is shown helpful compared to placebo in the dog model, drug companies will develop the drug for further testing and ultimately treatment in people and dogs.

Importantly, enrollment in this study can provide owners with up to a $1500 credit towards medical expenses. To learn more about the study including requirements for enrollment and to review a presentation on this study, please visit our site here

Richmond & Springfield Add Availability:

With the addition of Dr. Barker in Springfield and Dr. Indrieri in Richmond, these two locations have now added more availablility for the convenience of area clients.

Our Richmond office is now open Monday – Friday, 8 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm. To learn more or to refer a client, please contact our Richmond office.

Our Springfield office is now open Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. To learn more or to refer a client, please contact our Springfield office.

BVNS and JAVMA to Present “What’s New in Veterinary Neurology?” in Charlottesville, Virginia:

We are excited that we will be presenting “What’s New in Veterinary Neurology?” at the prestigious Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, VA. We hope you can join us for dinnner, drinks and discussion. Learn more and register here.

This talk is part of the Jefferson Area Veterinary Medical Association annual CE series and is sponsored by Greenbrier Emergency Animal Center,Dogwood Veterinary Emergency & Specialty CenterBush Advanced Veterinary Imaging and Antech.

We Now Offer Online Payments

We are excited to announce that we now offer a free and secure online payment option for deposits and other payments. This new feature is part of our ongoing committment to innovation and one more example of our dedication to offering a world-class client experience. Please make sure to mention this new service to clients you are referring to our service.

Online payments can be made here.

Onsite CE Opportunities for You and Your Staff:

Did you know that our team provides onsite continuing education? That’s right! Our doctors and staff are available to provide education events at your location on a wide variety of topics and we’ll even bring breakfast or lunch! Topics include:

  • Neurological Exam Demonstration – A refresher on the neuroexam and on neurolocalization.
  • Seizure Presentation – This presentation will discuss the identification, treatment and seizure activity and the use of advanced diagnostics to direct treatment.
  • Vestibular Disease and the Treatment of GME – This presentation will focus on diseases of the balance system and differentiation of the possible causes.
  • Spinal Cord Disease – This discussion will involve how to recognize spinal cord disease during an exam, the best choices for spinal cord imaging, and current treatments for spinal cord disease.
  • Nursing Care for the Neurological Patient – This talk will provide instruction on best methods of providing nursing care to the neurologically compromised patient.

To learn more please contact our Referral Coordinator, Stacy Walls.