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The overall purpose of the neurology specialty group of the American College of Veterinary Medicine is to advance knowledge of neurologic diseases and to foster the continued development of specialty care in veterinary neurology. The ACVIM parent organization certifies new neurology specialists, also known as diplomates, by guiding training programs and ensuring fair and appropriate credential and examination procedures.

What is a neurology specialist?

Specialists in veterinary neurology are certified by the ACVIM parent organization. Specialists have to meet strict training requirements as outlined below. In order to become a neurology specialist, a veterinarian must:

  • Complete a one-year internship or equivalent training.
  • Complete a residency training program (two or three years depending on the institution). In some schools, such as at NC State University, the residency training includes both medical neurology and neurosurgery.
  • Fulfill the prescribed credentials requirements.
  • Pass both the general Internal Medicine examination and the neurology certifying examination.

Learn about our neurology clinical service

The NC State Veterinary Neurology Service offers leading-edge services for patients with disorders of the brain, spine and musculoskeletal and central nervous systems. Because disorders of the nervous system are comparatively complex, they require a team of experts who are board-certified to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. 

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