Clinical Reasoning in Veterinary Neurology | Centre for Veterinary Education

Clinical Reasoning in Veterinary Neurology

How to become more confident with neurology patients

Neurology is often considered the most difficult specialty and many practicing clinicians do not feel confident assessing patients with suspected neurological disease. This phenomenon is called ‘neurophobia’ and is associated with the belief that neurology patients can only be evaluated by neurology specialists. Many animals with neurological disease can however successfully be managed in first-opinion practice without the need for expensive diagnostics or advanced treatments. During this session we will discuss a step-by-step approach, called clinical reasoning, to neurology patients. You will see that even inexperienced veterinary surgeons can recognise important clinical clues that can help in reaching the most likely diagnosis in seemingly overwhelming neurological presentations. Following this step-by-step clinical approach will hopefully increase your confidence and joy when evaluating your next neurology patient.

Learning Outcomes

Following this podcast, you will be able to:

  • Become familiar with the principles of clinical reasoning
  • Develop a logical step-by-step approach to neurology patients
  • Learn which easy-to-identify clinical characteristics can help in reaching a likely diagnosis.

Course Delivery

This PodcastPLUS comes with:

  • Access to a pre-recorded video podcast
  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutor
  • Access to further reading and/or resources 
  • A self-assessed multiple choice quiz to qualify for CPD
  • An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the quiz.


Thursday 28 March - Thursday 4 April 2019
Delivered Online



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

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