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With the global impact of COVID-19 and the postponement of the 2020 ACVIM North American Neuroscience Course (Brain Camp) until summer 2022, we understand that this is an extremely challenging time for residents and has been very disruptive to resident training. As a result, we are delivering a portion of the ACVIM North American Neuroscience Course (Brain Camp) as an online program.
The ACVIM Brain Camp Online program consists of 19.5 hours of content, divided into three courses of 6-7 hours each. The material will be delivered as 1-hour RACE-approved modules containing pre-recorded lectures, proceedings and assessments. Attendees can access modules from any device and at their own pace. Each course will conclude with a 1-hour live Q&A with the presenters. The Q&A session will also be recorded to watch later for attendees who are unable to join the live portion. We have extended access to these courses through June 30, 2022.
The ACVIM Brain Camp Online courses and launch date are as follows:
1. Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, NOW AVAILABLE – This 6-hour course is a review of magnetic resonance imaging and other advanced imaging modalities used to evaluate the nervous system in veterinary patients. It is recommended the MR physics be reviewed prior to the course. The Live Q&A with the Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Presenters session was hosted and recorded on Monday, August 24, 2020. The recorded session is available in a supplemental Module 7 in the ACVIM Online system.
2. Electrodiagnostics –NOW AVAILABLE – This 6.5 hour course provides an overview of the theory and practice of electrodiagnostic testing to include BAER, EMG, NCV, RNS, and EEG. The Live Q&A with the Electrodiagnostics Presenters session was hosted and recorded on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. The recorded session will be available in a supplemental Module 7 in the ACVIM Online system.
3. Neuropathology – NOW AVAILABLE – This 7-hour course provides a foundation in a variety of veterinary neuropathology topics for those interested in both clinical and research areas. The Live Q&A with the Neuropathology Presenters session was hosted and recorded on Thursday, October 22, 2020. The recorded session will be available in a supplemental Module 7 in the ACVIM Online system.
Register for an individual course or for all three! Registration fees are established per course as follows:
ACVIM / ECVIM / ECVN candidates: $180.00
ACVIM / ECVIM / ECVN Diplomates, ESVN members: $180.00
Registration fee includes 6 hours of pre-recorded content and 1 hour of live Q&A with the presenters.
RACE application status:
This program has been submitted and approved for 19.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please see course tabs below for RACE approval status for each individual course.
For additional questions, please contact us at Learning@ACVIM.org.
Clinical Associate Professor & Service Chief, Neurology
University of Florida
Dr. Sheila Carrera-Justiz received her DVM from the University of Florida in 2005. She completed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Missouri and a neurology specialty internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. She completed a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at Tufts University in 2010 and became a board-certified specialist of the ACVIM that same year. Dr. Carrera-Justiz spent four years in private practice at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital before moving back to Gainesville, Florida to be a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida, where she has been since 2014.
Associate Professor, Radiology
Texas A&M University
Dr. Jay Griffin graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Following graduation, he completed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Tennessee before working for two years as an emergency veterinarian. He completed his radiology residency at Texas A&M in 2010 and attained ACVR board certification shortly thereafter. He is currently an Associate Professor in Radiology at Texas A&M, where he also serves as the Radiology Service Group Leader. Dr. Griffin’s major clinical and research interest is MRI of the brain and spinal cord. He is passionate about teaching practical things and serving veterinarians.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Silke Hecht received her veterinary degree in 1998 and her Doctorate (Dr. med. vet.) in 2001 both from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Imaging at Tufts University in 2005. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) and the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI). Dr. Hecht has been with the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine since 2005 and is currently a professor of Radiology. Her areas of interest include MRI, neuroimaging, oncologic imaging. She has over 80 peer reviewed publications, has written 25 book chapters, and is the Editor of a Textbook on Veterinary Radiology.
Vice President, VetCT North America; Clinical Associate Professor, Diagnostic Imaging
University of Florida
Dr. Matt Winter graduated from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After three years of dairy, equine and small animal practice, he completed a residency in Diagnostic Imaging at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. He was part of the faculty at the Iowa State University (2004-2007). In 2016-17, he served as the Executive Vice President of Veterinary Education at the North American Veterinary Community. Dr. Winter is currently Vice President of North America and Director of Education for Veterinary Consultants in Telemedicine, a global teleradiology and telemedicine company, and continues to serve as Clinical Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where he has been since 2007.
Professor of Neuroscience
Louisiana State University
Dr. George M. Strain is Professor of Neuroscience at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering (Illinois), his MS in biomedical engineering and PhD in physiology and biomedical engineering (Iowa State), followed by postdoctoral training in neurophysiology and neurology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He has provided electrodiagnostic services in the teaching hospital for 42 years, has published extensively on electrodiagnostic testing, deafness, epilepsy, and other areas of veterinary neurology, and is the author of Deafness in Dogs and Cats. His current research emphasis is on the molecular genetics of pigment-associated deafness in dogs.
University of California, Davis
Colette Williams has spent nearly four decades performing and teaching electrodiagnostics (EDX), including: EMG, MNCV/SNCV, REP STIM, late waves, BAER, EEG, and SEP. She has contributed an EEG chapter to Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult and co-authored EDX chapters in Tobias’s Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal and Ettinger’s Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She also has over 40 publications and is a reviewer for several journals. Colette consults for numerous universities and specialty practices. Her mission is to encourage the use of these techniques in veterinary medicine and to raise the standards to the level of those in human medicine.
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Florida
Dr. Serena Craft is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida. Originally from Washington state, both she and her husband accepted residencies in anatomic pathology in 2010 and have been here at Florida ever since. Dr. Craft has a wide range of interests from neuropathology to ocular pathology. Her current neuropathology interests are in lysosomal storage diseases, degenerative CNS diseases, and CNS neoplasia. She enjoys collaborating on research, clinical cases, and teaching neuropathology to the neurology residents.
Residency Coordinator, Anatomic Pathology; Section H, Surgical Biopsy Service
Dr. Jey Koehler did her undergraduate work at Auburn University and received her DVM from Louisiana State University in 1996. She was engaged in private practice in small animal medicine and surgery for 11 years before returning to Auburn University for combined residency in anatomic pathology and PhD in Biomedical Science. Dr. Koehler currently serves as the residency coordinator for anatomic pathology and section head for the surgical biopsy service. She teaches pathology of the endocrine and nervous system in the veterinary curriculum, as well as graduate courses in neuropathology, oncologic histopathology, and surgical pathology. She is a member of the C.L. Davis-S.W. Thompson, DVM Foundation’s Board of Directors, and is the course director as well as a lecturer in the organization’s internationally-renowned Descriptive Veterinary Pathology course.
Professor, Department of Pathology
University of California, San Diego
Dr. Diane Shelton graduated from University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine followed by an internship at Michigan State University and a residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a PhD in Comparative Pathology and board certification in internal medicine. Dr. Shelton completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies with an emphasis on experimental and naturally occurring myasthenia gravis. In 1990, she established the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory in the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, an international reference center for spontaneously occurring neuromuscular diseases. Currently she is Director of the CNL and Professor, Department of Pathology at UCSD.