Anatomy and physiology of the nervous system- how to understand the basics of neurolocalisation (for nurses)
Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology may repel at first. Most veterinary students and some veterinary practitioners are indeed uncomfortable with their neurology knowledge. This definitely has to do with the complexity of the nervous system anatomy and the immense diversity of structures and interactions that are involved in its functions. It is indeed a complex machinery that is in charge of not less than vision, smell, audition, balance, generating and adjusting gaits and postures, basic and more complex behaviours and things as trivial as urination or defecation. The brain is in fact commanding pretty much every function in the animal’s body.
In fact most of the pathways and apparently complicated structures of the nervous systems can be grouped and understood based on their common functions. This functional knowledge of the nervous system is utterly interesting and leads to the simple understanding of lesion localisation within the nervous system.
This webinar presents aspects of the functional neuroanatomy and physiology of the nervous system of dogs and cats and illustrate this information throughout clinical cases.
Recording from 09.05.2018
Matthias Le Chevoir DVM, Dip ECVN
Matthias graduated from the Ecole Vétérinaire d’Alfort (France) in 2006. Following awarding of his DVM, he completed a general rotating internship followed by a medicine internship in the same institution. He then was accepted to take a neurology residency program in the same institution which he completed between 2008 and 2011. He was awarded the title of diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (DipECVN) by examination in October 2011.
He has been working as a lecturer in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Melbourne since then. He is providing lectures to the students as well clinical supervision for the residents. He also directly consults at U-Vet.
His field of interest are neuro muscular disease ; canine idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis (Coonhound paralysis) specifically. He also has strong interest in idiopathic epilepsy and non-infectious inflammatory disease of the central nervous system in dogs (meningo-encephalitis of unknown origin, granulomatous meningo-encephalitis and necrotising meningo-encephalitis) and optimising the treatment and follow-up of such conditions.
He has research programs on idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis in dogs, implantable EEG devices, meningoencephalitis of unknown origin and brain tumours of dogs and future perspectives in this field. He has been involved in new devices for the control of seizures in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy.
He has given talks in France, Great Britain, China and Australia and regularly publishes in the field of veterinary neurology.