Veterinary neurologists specialize in seizures, Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD), paralysis or weakness walking, encephalitis, strokes, brain tumors, atlantoaxial instability, Chiari-like malformation or syringomyelia, degenerative myelopathy and other conditions of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles.
SEVN is the only team of veterinary specialists in South Florida that are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialty of neurology.
We are the only veterinary hospital in South Florida that exclusively treats neurological conditions in dogs and cats.
Our veterinary neurologists have helped over
20,000 pets regain the ability to walk.
I carried my German Shepherd into Dr. Wong’s office on a Thursday, and she walked out on her own four days later. He is such a skilled, professional and personable Dr.—I would give him more than five stars. The staff was also very informative. There was someone with her 24 hours a day. I am in the medical field, so I am cautious about who I trust with my loved ones. Dr. Wong has my trust.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the only veterinarians that can call themselves experts in neurology are ACVIM board-certified veterinary neurologists. Board-certified veterinary neurologists spend an additional four to five years after veterinary school gaining knowledge and expertise in neurology and neurosurgery. There are only about 300 board-certified neurologists in North America. SEVN employs three neurologists that serve all of South Florida—more than all other neurology services in South Florida combined.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most useful diagnostic test for evaluating the neurological system. However, not all MRI’s are created equally. “Field strength” refers to how strong the magnet is. In general, stronger magnets (higher field strengths) give higher-resolution images in less time when compared to low-field MRIs. It is also important to know if the hospital’s MRI is in-house. Some hospitals use MRI at an off-site human facility. While this provides good quality images, your pet needs to be transported off-site. Many times, the MRI cannot be performed until the MRI center has closed (late at night or early in the morning). While this is okay for certain neurological conditions, most neurological conditions are urgent matters. SEVN is the only hospital in South Florida with board-certified neurologists that also has in-house MRI. Computed tomography (CT) scans are NOT MRIs.
Most neurological problems are urgent matters, and many of them are real emergencies. SEVN employs four board-certified neurologists. This means we have a board-certified neurologist that is available for consultations seven days a week. Additionally, our neurologists are available for emergencies after hours. When other neurology services are “off” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, SEVN is fully-staffed with an expert in neurology on site.
All of our neurologists perform brain and spinal surgery regularly. Since we have a team of neurologists, we can offer a greater breadth of surgical expertise. Each of our neurologists has a specialized area of interest when it comes to neurosurgery.
Many neurology services have one or two support staff on the neurology team. SEVN employs almost 50 support staff who only treat neurological conditions. Most of our technicians are certified or registered technicians with more than ten years of experience. Some of our technicians are among the small group of technicians with specialty certification in veterinary neurology or veterinary MRI.