How do I Request an Appointment?
The Neurology service is a referral-only service. Once your
primary veterinarian refers you to us, we will call you to schedule
your appointment. Owners may also call to schedule an appointment
once they know their primary veterinarian has sent their referral.
This policy ensures that the patient is referred to the most
appropriate service within the hospital.
Some neurological diseases require immediate attention. Examples
- Paralysis due to spinal cord injury
- Uncontrolled seizures
- Abrupt onsent changes in mental attitude
If you believe your animal is having a neurologic emergency,
please contact the Small Animal Hospital immediately. Emergency
cases do not require referrals.
What Should I Expect the Day of my
For your initial appointment, please allow 3 to 5 hours as there
is often a lot of waiting for tests to be performed, and results to
be made available.
You will be met by a 4th year veterinary student in the exam
room to get a thorough medical history and review your pet's
medical record. A physical examination will then be performed on
your pet, followed by a neurological examination. A neurology
clinician will speak with you afterward to review the examination
findings and make recommendations on any other specific tests that
may be needed.
What is a Veterinary Neurology Specialist?
Veterinary neurology specialists must meet and maintain strict
training requirements. They are certified by the ACVIM (American
College of Veterinary Internal Medicine). In order to become a
neurology specialist, a veterinarian must:
- Complete a one-year internship (or equivalent training)
- Complete a residency training program
- Fulfill the prescribed credentials requirements
- Pass the general Internal Medicine examination and the
Neurology certifying examination.