Neurological disorders often are as challenging to diagnose and treat in dogs and cats as they are in humans, which leads many primary care veterinarians to rely on the expertise of ACVIM board-certified neurologists. These specialists have completed at least one internship and residency (at least an additional 3-5 years of training in neurology and neurosurgery) after already completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary college. An extremely demanding examination from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) must be passed to achieve the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM) following residency, and the area of concentration indicated after that title in parenthesis: DACVIM (Neurology).

This rigorous training is designed to result in a deeper and wider breadth of knowledge to improve diagnostic and treatment plans, especially in cases of rare disorders.

We are pleased to offer a full-time Neurology Service equipped with MRI led by Board-Certified Neurologist, Dr. Neil S. Mittelman.

Dr. Mittelman is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a multitude of Neurological and Neurosurgical conditions including but not limited to the following:

• Neck and back pain
• Medical & Surgical treatment of spinal disorders (Intervertebral disk herniation, FCE, ANNPE, HNPE, congenital anomalies, diskospondylitis, tumors, and others)
• Seizure disorders and treatment
• Brain disorders (GME/MUE, infectious meningitis/encephalitis, congenital anomalies, metabolic encephalopathies, and others)
• Vestibular/balance disorders
• Movement Disorders
• Neuromuscular disease
• Sleep Disorders
• Degenerative conditions
He is available for consultations and appointments 4 days a week.

Neurological Evaluation:

Each evaluation will start with an assessment of your pet’s medical history and thorough physical and neurological evaluation. Difficulty walking, paralysis, seizures, and other symptoms of neurological disease can be terrifying to witness, but after an evaluation a custom diagnostic plan will be created, and treatment options discussed. MRI may be performed to diagnose a condition affecting the brain or spinal cord and formulate the most appropriate surgical or medical treatment plan. Cerebrospinal fluid centesis and sampling with on-site analysis may be performed when indicated.


• High-field MRI generates faster scan times and higher quality images
• Allows more accurate diagnoses of nervous system abnormalities
• Enables more specific treatment plans for the underlying condition

Dr. Neil S. Mittelman