Simon R. Platt
BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN
Dr. Platt runs a veterinary neurology consultancy service in addition to co-directing the teleneurology service of Vetoracle, a telemedicine company, and serving as medical director for Hallmarq Advanced Imaging.
Dr. Platt was a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine until June 2022. His ongoing research interests include ischemic disease of the central nervous system, canine brain tumors, and epilepsy.
Dr. Platt is a member of the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force and a founding member and president of the Southeastern Veterinary Neurology Group. He is past president of the ACVIM (Neurology) and was a chief examiner for the ECVN. He has authored or coauthored more than 220 journal articles and 60 book chapters and is the co-editor of three textbooks: BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology, Manual of Small Animal Neurological Emergencies, and Canine and Feline Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Management.
Dr. Platt received his veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph), and completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Florida. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of veterinary Surgery based upon meritorious contributions to the profession.Read Articles Written by Simon R. Platt
As our new year gets into full swing, many of us have had time to reflect on our goals. As we strive for continuous self-improvement, without an objective frame of reference for which to judge ourselves, we may end up being too harsh. The same can be said of judging success and failure with each case that we treat—what are our appropriate outcome measures? In this issue, Dr. John Innes takes a critical look at this topic, with some answers for us to introduce into our daily practice. Patient-reported outcome measures are used by human medicine clinicians to inform treatment decisions independently of patient consultations. In veterinary medicine, we can use client-reported outcome measures in similar ways, such as to address concerns with therapy. This increased awareness could prompt us to explore problems identified by the owner or simply recognize that we are doing all that we can, which in our own lives should be considered a glorious success!
What We’re Reading
In each issue, a member of our Editorial Advisory Board will share a recent open access publication, including their key takeaways and its practical conclusion.
The Anatomic Relationship Between the Mandibular First Molar Roots and the Mandibular Canal Based on Breed Size and Skull Type
Greene E, Rendahl A, Goldschmidt S
What was investigated? This study aimed to identify associations between patient weight and skull type with mandibular first molar tooth root location. The mandibular first molar roots were categorized as lingual, buccal, or dorsal relative to the mandibular canal. In total, 176 skulls and 704 roots were evaluated.
What was found?
- 50% of all roots evaluated were located lingual to the mandibular canal.
- Lingual root location is relatively more common in normocephalic dogs less than 13.6 kg and in large-breed brachycephalic dogs, particularly boxers.
- Regardless of skull type, as size increased, the frequency of buccal and lingual roots decreased, and the frequency of dorsal roots increased.
- It is important to consider the location of the roots relative to the mandibular canal when creating an intraoperative plan for surgical removal of the mandibular first molar.
- The risk of iatrogenic complications during surgical extraction of the mandibular first molar is highest with the lingual root location.
- Buccal bone should not be removed apical to the dorsal aspect of the mandibular canal in small-breed dogs and large brachiocephalic dogs.
— Cindy Charlier, DVM, DAVDC
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