Veterinary neurologists work primarily in veterinary hospitals and clinics to diagnose and treat animals’ illnesses and neurological disorders. This often includes high-quality MRI exams and collaboration with other veterinarians.
Veterinary neurologists must be able to operate fluoroscopic, CT, MRI, and ultrasound equipment and ensure that their staff keeps all equipment, patients' rooms, and tools that used to treat patients clean and in good working order. It is essential that all equipment and tools are disinfected after each use, and high-tech equipment must be regularly maintained by authorized staff or vendors. Because veterinary neurologists work with animals’ owners, they must have customer service and interpersonal skills and must also adhere to all safety procedures and guidelines related to MRI use and patients. Veterinary neurologists must be able to work both independently and in a team environment and answer all animal owners’ questions and concerns.
Aspiring veterinary neurologists should graduate from an accredited veterinary school with a doctorate in veterinary medicine (DVM) and complete specialized training and education in the field, as well. They must be board-certified and have required licenses to practice animal medicine, and are encouraged to keep their skills up-to-date by attending relevant training classes, workshops, and conferences. Some may also coach and train new or younger veterinarians.