Small Animal Neurology - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in College Station, Texas Small Animal Neurology - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Small Animal Neurology

For small animal appointments call (979) 845-2351 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day

Our Service

Our Neurology/Neurosurgery Service provides cutting-edge clinical care to dogs and cats with neurological disease. Our team of 3 clinical faculty (2 board-certified neurologists and a board-certified surgeon) are dedicated to innovating clinical treatments for animals with neurological disease and the understanding of these disorders, working on recognizing new treatments for spinal cord injury, developing MRI techniques, and furthering the understanding encephalitis and brain tumors.   We have  access to some of the best medical equipment and medical services in the United States, including a 3.0 T MRI.  This high field magnet offers resolution superior to what has traditionally been available for animal and human imaging, 40 slice CT, Image-guided neurosurgery for removal or biopsy of tumors, Surgical microscopy, CT TOMO radiotherapy (we are 1 of only 2 centers in the US with access to this technology) for veterinary radiation therapy and a 24/7 intensive care unit and emergency services.

We believe in collaboration and work as a team with other specialists including radiologists, internists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, and basic scientists to give your pet the best care possible.

A referral from your veterinarian is necessary in order to make an appointment to see a member of our team. Please call 979-845-2351 to schedule your appointment.

The Neurology/Neurosurgery Service is committed to promoting and establishing clinical trials that will better determine therapeutic options for common neurological diseases in companion animals. Please see our Clinical Trials page for a list of current trials in neurology.

Our Team

Our team in the Neurology/Neurosurgery Service is focused on the intricate and complex systems of the brain, nerves, and spine. They have dedicated their time to learning about the most progressive treatments available, in order to provide optimal care for the pets that they see. Our staff is especially dedicated to educating the next generation of veterinary students and researching and pursuing the latest therapies and technologies available to better advance the treatment of neurological disease.

Sharon Kerwin

Sharon Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS

Professor & Associate Department Head

Dr. Sharon Kerwin received her DVM from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a small animal surgery residency and Master of Science degree at Louisiana State University, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her special interests include orthopedic and neurosurgery.
Curriculum Vitae

Jonathan Levine

Jonathan Levine, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Professor, Department Head, & Helen McWhorter Chair in Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Dr. Jonathan Levine received his DVM from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. He completed an internship in small animal surgery at Colorado State University in 2002 and a residency in neurology/neurosurgery at Texas A&M in 2005. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (neurology). His special interests include neurology/neurosurgery, spinal cord injury, intervertebral disk herniation, and neuro-oncology.
Curriculum Vitae

Joseph Mankin

Joseph Mankin, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Joseph Mankin received his DVM degree from the University of Tennessee in 2007. He went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine at Purdue University in 2008, followed by a residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee in 2011. Dr. Mankin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (neurology). His special interests include neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology.

Beth Boudreau

Beth Boudreau, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Beth Boudreau received her DVM from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in Neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine.  She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Ohio State University, followed by a residency in Neurology/Neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis.  She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology).  Her special interests include neuro-oncology and neuroinflammation.

Kim Anderson

Kimberly Anderson, DVM, PhD.

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Anderson completed her DVM at Purdue University in 2012, and an internship at the University of Missouri, followed by a Neurology Specialty internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX. She is from Syracuse, New York, and grew up in a military family so she has moved all around. She has one cat named Turtle.

Arturo Otamendi

Arturo Otamendi, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Otamendi was born in Maracay, Venezuela and came to the United States when he was 9 years old.  He grew up outside New Orleans, Louisiana and, after graduating high school, moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he attended Louisiana State University for his undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences.  He continued his studies at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 2014.  He then traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he completed a one year Small Animal rotating Internship at North Carolina State University before coming to Texas A&M for his Neurology Residency.  Dr. Otamendi has 3 cats, Reba, Rumpelstiltskin, and Camry, and a Shih Tzu, Rafiki.  Dr. Otamendi also enjoys classical music and playing the trombone and violin.
Elizabeth Scanlin

Elizabeth Scanlin, BS

Veterinary Technician

Ms. Scanlin completed her Bachelor of Science & Agriculture from Sam Houston State University in 2000. She is currently a M.S. student in Agriculture Education at Iowa State University, with a special interest in Adult Education.  Before she joined the Small Animal Neurology Service, she worked in The Large Animal Hospital, assisting with research projects in beef cattle and horse, and spent 10 years as a veterinary technician in the Small Animal Hospital's operating room, with a specialty in Neurosurgery and Ophthalmology.  Her clinical interest include Neurology research, Neurosurgery, and assisting veterinary students with exam skills.  Elizabeth is originally from Richmond, TX, and enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children and extended family, as well as volunteering with several non -profit organizations.  In her spare time she also officiates NCAA and other amateur Track and Field meets.   

Cindy Schocke

Cindy Schocke, CST

Veterinary Technician

Brittany Ridenhour

Brittany Ridenhour, LVT

Veterinary Technician

Brittany Ridenhour received her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2013 and received her license mid-2014. She married her high school sweetheart in November of 2014. They have 3 “dog-hters” together: Paisley and Kenzy who are Great Danes and Miss Thang who is a Chihuahua mix. Brittany enjoys her free time relaxing at home or going outdoors with her family.

Stephanie Heath, BS

Veterinary Technician

Julio Peraza

Veterinary Technician I

Julio began his career as a veterinary technician in 2004 becoming a cornerstone of a small animal, exotics andwildlife practice in Southern California. He transitioned to specialty medicine in 2009, working in veterinary radiology. Julio's and his family moved to Texas in 2016, when he joined the Texas A & M Neurology team. Julio enjoys spending his free time with his family and his 4 dogs.

Nicholas Jeffery

Nicholas Jeffery


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