Veterinary Neurology


The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine certifies specialists in fields such as neurology
As in human medicine, veterinarians are increasingly specializing to provide the best care for your companion. A specialist has spent years of additional training after veterinary school and completed a rigorous examination process before they are certified by an examining board such as the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the United States or the European College of Veterinary Neurology in Europe. If your pet needs special care, ask your regular veterinarian to refer you to a board certified specialist in your area.
Neurology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the nervous system; the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. This encompasses such common problems as epilepsy, slipped disks, spinal and head injuries, meningitis, cancer of the nervous system. and cerebellar ataxia.
An ACVIM certified neurologist will be able to provide the latest in diagnostic tests and treatment for your companion.


Many veterinary neurologists are also skilled in neurosurgery

A board certified neurologist is trained in the state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques. They will utilize advanced imaging such as CT or MRI scans to look at the structure of the nervous system. With electrodiagnositc tests, a neurologist can examine the function of nervous system, particularly the peripheral nerves and muscles. Spinal fluid analysis provides them with clues to infectious diseases such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Your neurologist will also be able to provide the latest in treatment for your companion. Most veterinary neurologists are also trained in neurosurgery. Some limit their practice to the medical aspects of neurology and work with a general surgeon on cases requiring surgery. Either way, they are trained to provide the highest quality care to a pet with neurological disease.

You can find an ACVIM certified neurologist near you by going to the "Find a specialist near you" directory in the ACVIM web site. Simply click on the link on the right, select "Neurology" in the Specialty box and the abbreviation for your state in the State or Province box, and you will receive a listing of the neurologists in your state. You can then ask your local veterinarian to refer you to one of these specialist who will work with your regular veterinarian to provide the best of veterinary medicine. Find a Neurologist Near You