What is a Veterinary Neurologist
Veterinary neurology is the branch of medicine that treats pets affected by diseases of the nervous system: the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. Common neurologic disorders include epilepsy, herniated disks, spinal and head injuries, meningitis, and cancers of the nervous system. A Board Certified Veterinary Neurologist, such as Dr. Kube, is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained additional intensive and specialized training and additional education in veterinary neurology and has been certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), Only a highly-certified veterinary neurologist can provide the best care and outcome for your pets so they enjoy the highest quality of life possible. A veterinarian who has received the certification from the ACVIM will add the initials ‘DACVIM (Neurology)’ after his/her veterinary degree. The veterinarian may also indicate that he/she is a Diplomate of the ACVIM.
Services that Veterinary Neurologist Can Provide
- Comprehensive neurologic examination
- Spinal fluid tap and analysis
- Brain and spinal cord imaging, including CT and bone scans, MRI, ultrasound, myelography, and radiography
- Intensive care
- Neurosurgery of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system
- Electrophysiologic examination of nerves and muscles
Veterinary Neurologist Additional Training
- Obtained a traditional four-year veterinary degree, followed by a one-year internship
- Often, an additional one-year specialized internship
- An additional three years of advanced, hand-on training known as a residency at an approved program where the doctor will have trained with some of the best experts in the field.
- Following this training, the aspiring veterinary neurologist must pass a series of rigorous examinations covering all aspects of general internal medicine and neurology.
After completion of extremely thorough training and passing the exams, the veterinarian is then recognized by peers as a board-certified specialist in veterinary neurology. Many veterinary neurologists are also trained in neurosurgery (such as Dr. Kube), while others limit their practice to the medical aspects of the diskipline and work with a surgeon on the cases requiring surgery.
To know more about Veterinary Neurology, visit American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).