Why see a board-certified veterinary neurologist?
A family veterinarian is an individual that has graduated from veterinary school with a doctorate in veterinary medicine (DVM). Most veterinarians will choose to go into general practice and treat pets with multiple different conditions. Some of these veterinarians will go through a one year Rotating Internship. During this year they will work as a Doctor in a big referral hospital, rotating between different services such as Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Cardiology. During this year they will gain additional broad training and experience before starting in a general practice. Veterinarians in general practices have broad knowledge in multiple medical and surgical conditions as well as ways to maintain pet’s health and prevent illnesses. Typically these family veterinarians have long term relationships with their patients and clients, which helps to understand the pet and its owner’s history. These family veterinarians are the fundamentals of veterinary care.
Sometimes a family veterinarian will have a patient with a disease that requires special expertise, advanced diagnostic tests, unique procedures, or more complicated surgeries. In these cases, the family veterinarian will refer the patient to a board-certified specialist (just like with human patients).
A board-certified veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who chooses to go on to complete additional specialized training in a more specific field of veterinary medicine and/or surgery. These fields include Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Oncology, Dermatology, Critical Care, Radiology, and Cardiology
A board-certified veterinary neurologist is one of these veterinary specialists who chooses to go on to complete additional specialized training in the field of veterinary neurology. Typically, this veterinarian will start with one year Rotating Internship. During this year they will work as a Doctor in a large referral hospital, rotating between different services such as Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Cardiology. During this year they will gain additional broad training and experience. After graduating the Rotating Internship this veterinarian will start a journey to extend their knowledge in a narrower specific area involving all aspects of veterinary neurology. They will most likely need to go through another one year Neurology Internship to get the basic knowledge in this field. They will then need to apply to one of the highly accredited Neurology Residencies, hoping that they will match to one of these programs, which are in high demand. If they are accepted to one of these programs, they will go through a three years Neurology Residency. During a residency, they will go through extensive training in Neurology and Neurosurgery supervised by experienced neurologists. They will be exposed to more uncommon conditions and rare diseases and will gradually start taking care of more complicated cases, and performing more complicated surgeries on their own.
Even after graduating a three year Neurology Residency program, they are still not a Board-Certified Neurologist. They still need to go through a series of exams set by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Only after graduating from a veterinary school with a doctorate in veterinary medicine, and going through an additional five years of training, and successfully passing all exams covering all possible areas of Veterinary Neurology, they will finally become a Board-Certified Neurologist – Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine, in the Neurology field (DACVIM – Neurology).
With this extensive knowledge and experience, this Board Certified Neurologist will serve a community of patients, owners, and family veterinarians in the region he is located.
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