19 April 2022

Companion Animal Neurology - Advanced Diagnostic Clinical Neurology

The advanced diagnostic toolbox

This course is a specialisation course at the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science. The Master is a post graduate education targeted small animal veterinarians seeking Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The purpose of this course is to further develop the participant’s diagnostic platform within clinical neurology to include the more sophisticated diagnostic thinking, competences and skills required to successfully approach the complex neurological patient. The participant should be able to combine knowledge collected from basic and advanced para-clinical tests with clinical patient data at an advanced level. The course will provide knowledge on neuroimaging including conventional diagnostic imaging as well as the digital image modalities, computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and their indication, interpretation and therapeutic consequences in the discipline of clinical neurology. Furthermore, both theoretical lectures and a wet-lab practice addressing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collection and interpretation is an integrated part of the course.

Neurological patient cases and results of clinical workup is used in an interactive dialogue with the participants in order to expand their competences in a problem-based patient approach.

Read more about the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science.
























Having completed the course, the participant should be able to:

  • Define, identify and discuss veterinary methodology and para-clinical tools in systematised reflective clinical decision making in the companion animal clinical practice area of clinical neurology.
  • Explain, reflect about and demonstrate overview of complex clinical decision making, patient therapy and management at an advanced level.
  • Explain, reflect about and demonstrate overview of systematic clinical and diagnostic approach to the neurological patient at an advanced level.
  • List, classify, and demonstrate critical reflection on existing and new approaches to patient diagnosis, therapy, management and client education in a specialty practice situation.


Within the area of clinical diagnostic neurology the graduate must be able to:

  • Apply the quantitative and qualitative methodologies such as performing and applying clinical diagnostic thinking as well as master relevant practical diagnostic skills.
  • Identify appropriate image modality and demonstrate knowledge of common diagnostic imaging hallmarks of the neurological patient.
  • Understand the interpretation of computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and be able to demonstrate critical reflection of pros and cons for CT and MRI and identification of neurological patients suitable for advanced neurological diagnostic procedures.
  • Collect and perform interpretation of CSF samples.
  • Interpret, assess and reflect on collected patient data in order to identify the nature of the neurological lesion and cause of neurological disease.
  • Make clinical decisions, arrive at a diagnosis and consider evidence based scientific approaches in order to plan and administer further appropriate diagnostics, patient therapy and management.
  • Continuously seek out, reflect on and apply new evidence based methods and solution models.
  • Communicate and discuss academic issues and solution models with both peers and non-specialists at an advanced level and across disciplines within companion animal practice.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and pass on results to relevant parties.


The graduate must be able to:

  • Evaluate and diagnose companion animals with neurological diseases.
  • Educate owners of patients with acute and chronic neurological disorders with respect to diagnostic approach, short and long-term treatment and prognosis.
  • Work independently, take responsibility for, predict, prognosticate and make decisions within clinical neurology at an advanced level.





















































Course details

Duration: 5 days on campus
Dates: Postponed until further notice
Frequency: Only available every second year
Course capacity: 12 students
Place: University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Course fee: EU/EEA citizens
Single course participant: 31,500 DKK
Master student: 28,350 DKK

Non-EU/EEA citizens
Single course participant: 35,670 DKK
Master student: 32,520 DKK

Tuition fees include course materials and lunch/coffee. Books are not included in the tuition fees and must be purchased by the participants.
Level and credit: Master course; 6 ECTS
Examination date: To be announced
Application deadline: Master's programme: 1 May 2021
Course: 8 weeks prior to course start
Admission: To be admitted, you must meet the admission criteria for specializations at Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science

The opening of the application period is announced via the programme newsletter.
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