The overall purpose of the Neurology specialty group of the American College of Veterinary Medicine (ACVIM) is to advance knowledge of neurologic diseases and to foster the continued development of specialty care in veterinary neurology. To achieve the purposes of the Neurology specialty group of the ACVIM, the ACVIM parent organization certifies new Neurology 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 (sometimes also known as Diplomates) have to meet strict training requirments 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 year 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 the Neurology clinical service at NC State Veterinary Hospital
The NC State Veterinary Neurology service offers leading-edge services for patients with disorders of the brain, spine, musculoskeletal and central nervous system. Because disorders of the nervous system are comparatively complex, they require a team of experts that are board certified to ensure their proper diagnosis and treatment.
Canine Spinal Cord Injury Program
Improving the outcome of acute and chronic spinal cord injuries
The spinal cord conveys information to and from the brain to produce movement, sensation, urination, and defecation. Spinal cord injuries are a common problem in dogs, accounting for approximately 2% of all cases that present to the veterinarian. Learn more about the research we’re conducting.