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Purdue University Dept of Clinical Sciences, Neurology

Description Experience: Clinical Neurology/Neurosurgery Rotation


• Gain experience in performing physical/neurological examinations,
localizing lesions, generating differential diagnoses, and selecting an
appropriate treatment plan for animals presented to the Neurology

• Integrate knowledge to provide patient care, including medical
management, preoperative, surgical, and postoperative care of
client-owned animals. This includes principles of analgesia, fluids,
drugs, nutrition, exercise limitations and/or rehabilitation.

• Develop greater knowledge, clinical judgement, surgical/technical
skills, and diagnostic capabilities that enable management of more
complex cases.

• Improve oral and written communication skills and medical documentation.

• Practice the principles of teamwork and professionalism through
interactions with faculty/clinicians, colleagues, technicians, and pet


This course will be a three-week rotation for 4th year professional
veterinary students in the neurology service. Students will be directly
or indirectly involved in the evaluation, treatment and care of patients
presented to the neurology service. Cadaver work may supplement the
clinical experience. Students will be expected to have accomplished the
objectives for the block, as stated above. Students will be expected
to assume greater responsibility for evaluation, treatment, and care of
patients while developing greater knowledge, clinical judgment, and
diagnostic capabilities that enable them to manage more complex cases.
Students will be expected to learn from clinical case material,
reviewing topics, and reading pertinent literature. Students will gain
additional experience performing neurologic examinations and localizing
lesions. Students will participate in case rounds at least once each
day, with every student researching and discussing the theoretical
aspects of cases and making a formal case presentation to other students
and faculty.


Externships may be available and must be arranged through the
program director (RA Packer) at Purdue University School of Veterinary
Medicine. Some limitations in case involvement will apply, such as
limited owner communication, limited case management. Contact program
director for additional information regarding insurance, liability,
permissions, and associated nominal fees.

Full-service academic Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Full-service academic Veterinary Teaching Hospital
See above description of course.
Direct supervision by faculty and residents.
Not formally; however often other students may be able to rent housing space for minimal costs.
Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Rebecca A. Packer

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Purdue University, Lynn Hall

625 Harrison Street

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2026
(765) 494-1107
(765) 494-0781
Rebecca A. Packer, MS, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)
Updated: 03/04/11
West Lafayette, IN
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