For the first time in veterinary practice, an international body of vets and scientists have come together to set out unified, standardised guidelines for research, diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline epilepsy.
that outline a number of recommendations and classifications on all aspects of the condition.
It is the first time this many veterinary neurology clinicians and neuroscientists have formally agreed on key aspects of canine and feline epilepsy.
Epilepsy is one of the most common diseases in veterinary practice. The prevalence of the illness means numerous research studies have been carried out over the years. However, despite a frequency in the research work carried out, there remains a lack of consistency throughout these studies.
Holger Volk, clinical director of the Royal Veterinary Colleg small animal referral clinic and a specialist in neurology and neurosurgery, established and chaired the IVETF in 2014.
Prof Volk said: “Looking back over last year’s journey and finally seeing the end product of having multiple consensus statements is one of the most exciting things I have been involved with in my career.
“I feel very privileged, humbled and honoured to have worked and learned from all these highly skilled, knowledgeable and prestigious colleagues. We are looking forward to continuing the journey we have started so successfully. I have no doubt this work will have the impact we hope and will lead to better care for our patients with epilepsy.”
The IVETF’s collaborative approach has identified a “chain of care”, from the animal’s breeder and owner through the first opinion practitioner to the neurology specialist and neuroscientist. Each statement aims to be a user friendly, pragmatic, reliable and valid tool that benefits all these groups.
The research paper has been published in the academic journal BMC Veterinary Research.