An international panel of 8 experts in the field veterinary neurology, was formed to assess and summarize evidence in the peer reviewed veterinary literature related to the diagnosis and treatment of canine acute intervertebral disc disease, and complement it with consensus clinical recommendations. An initial survey of the ACVIM-Neurology membership was undertaken to identify priorities for the working group, and a set of topics and associated questions were identified. A systematic review of the published literature addressing these questions was then undertaken, findings of the systematic review were discussed, and summary statements and associated recommendations were generated. This webinar summarizes the findings and recommendations of the consensus group, focusing specifically on canine thoracolumbar acute intervertebral disc extrusions.


This webinar will have 2 panelists out of the 8 contributors summarizing our clinical recommendations during this 80-minute presentation, followed by a 10-minute Q&A where you will have an opportunity for comments/questions, which the panel will consider prior to publication.

  • A review of the process for development of this consensus statement will be presented
  • Key literature informing various recommendations will be discussed
  • Discussion and recommendations will center on evaluation of published veterinary clinical literature
  • Panel recommendations will be articulated, along with supporting research
  • Areas for future exploration will be highlighted
  • The session concludes with an open question and answer session with all of the expert panel members.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Weigh the evidence for conservative versus surgical management
  2. Discuss the literature surrounding various neuroprotective strategies
  3. Establish an evidenced-based management plan
  4. Identify clinical features suggestive of progressive myelomalacia

RACE Application Status
This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of live, interactive distance medical continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE-approval.