Associate Professor in Neurology-Neurosurgery, The Royal Veterinary College, UK
Dr Elsa Beltran received her veterinary degree from the University Cardenal Herrera Ceu, Valencia, Spain, in 2002, following which she spent two years in general practice before undertaking an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at University of Barcelona, Spain. Dr Beltran completed a neurology internship in 2006 followed by a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, United Kingdom. Dr Beltran obtained the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 2011 and afterwards she spent four years as Senior Clinician at the same institution. In 2014, she joined the Royal Veterinary College, University of London where she is currently working as Associate Professor in Neurology-Neurosurgery. She is the chairperson of the ECVN Credential and Recertification Committee. She is interested in all aspects of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, but has a particular interest understanding neurological sequels in dogs after traumatic brain injury, all aspects of neuro-ophthalmology, neuroimaging and neurosurgery. Dr Beltran has a passion for learning on Veterinary Education and she obtained the postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Education in April 2019.
Elsa Beltran is speaking at the following sessions
Acute spinal cord lesions - The fundamental role of a neurology nurse
Neurological patients can be difficult to manage, and good nursing care reduces the many complications that can occur with prolonged hospitalisation and overall improve the quality of life of the patient. Acute spinal cord diseases are commonly encountered in clinical practice. This lecture will mainly focus on the clinical and diagnostic approach to acute spinal cord diseases in dogs and cats and describes pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, outcome and prognosis of specific disorders and the fundamental role of nurses in their treatment.
Anisocoria: When the problem is in the neurology system
Anisocoria is a condition characterised by unequal pupil size. The resting pupil size and possible asymmetry should be assessed (by distant direct ophthalmoscopy) in normal light and then in a darkened room. The neurological causes of anisocoria with normal vision involve dysfunction on the parasympathetic tone to the iris constrictor muscles (mydriatic pupil) or dysfunction on the sympathetic tone to the iris dilator muscles (miotic pupil, Horner’s syndrome). This lecture will focus on the dysfunction of the autonomic system that innervates the iris, the clinical and diagnostic approach to deal with the most common underlying causes.
Blindness from a neurologist point of view
The visual system is the part of the central nervous system that is needed for visual perception. The animal receives, processes and interprets visual information of the environment. The central visual pathways include: the optic nerve, the optic chiasm, the optic tract, the lateral geniculate nucleus, the optic radiation and the occipital cortex. Any structural or functional lesion at any point of the central visual pathways will cause some degree of visual deficits. This lecture will focus on the dysfunction of the visual system, the clinical and diagnostic approach to deal with the most common underlying causes of blindness from a neurologist’s point of view.
Cranial nerve exams
To interpret the dysfunction of cranial nerves, it is important to know their anatomy and understand their function. In order to interpret a patient with cranial nerve dysfunction, the signalment, the history and the rest of the neurological examination must be taken into consideration. This short lecture will focus on how to evaluate the cranial nerves in a busy clinical environment and how to categorise the severity of the presentation.
Seizures versus movement disorders; how can I recognise them?
The first question that the clinician should ask when the owner describes paroxysmal episodes is this: Are these episodes compatible with epileptic seizures? sometimes this question is easy to answer, but sometimes it's not, during the lecture we will see some videos to discuss and how to differentiate seizures versus movement disorders. We will focus on the most important parts of the neurological assessment in order to characterise the episodes along with the medical history.