DoveLewis becomes a rare provider of veterinary neurosurgery
With limited options for neurological veterinary care in the state, DoveLewis hired a team of board-certified specialists to treat animals with seizures, head traumas, and spinal injuries.
With less than 6 practicing veterinary neurologists in the area, and even fewer who perform neurosurgery, DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital's addition of two board-certified neurologists is a lifesaving resource for Pacific Northwest pets.
Emergency neurological Emergency neurological conditions are a common occurrence in the nonprofit's busy emergency and critical care departments with patients suffering from seizures, head trauma, spinal injuries, and balance issues, but finding specialized, long-term care has been challenging. The hospital had to refer severely affected neurology patients out-ofhouse, a step that is stressful and potentially life threatening to the patient—and not guaranteed given the limited number of neurologists in the area.
The nonprofit, 24/7 hospital already carries a heavy caseload, with over 30,000 animals finding care at its one location in Portland's Slabtown neighborhood. The pandemic exacerbated some of the industry's challenges, and DoveLewis staff have found it difficult to keep up. Not only are there more patients, but the percentage of those patients who are critically ill has increased dramatically, making in-house neurological care essential.
In addition to the expertise of board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons, Tracy Prouty, DVM, DACVIM, and Sophie Petersen, PhD, DVM, DACVIM, DoveLewis welcomed Sonja Zabel, DVM, MS, DACVD, a board-certified dermatologist and one of the country's foremost otology experts. "It's like having an ENT on-hand to partner with the neurologists on inner-ear and vestibular conditions," said Morgan.
The new department also boasts on-site, high-end MRI and CT for advanced diagnostic imagery, and the nonprofit's education department has created tutorial videos and tools to support families caring for neurology patients between appointments.
"We see every day how much effort families are willing to put into caring for their pets," said Morgan. "When they come to us, they're often experiencing one of the worst days of their lives. Now, we can do more to help them than ever before."
About DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital
DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and SpecialtyHospital, established in 1973 and based in
Portland, Oregon, is the only nonprofit, 24-hour emergency and intensive care unit in the region. With 49 years of service to the community, the hospital treats more than 30,000 animals each year. In addition to being an accredited teaching facility, DoveLewis also has seven donor-supported community programs that serve animals in need and the animal-loving community. DoveLewis is an AAHA accredited and VECCS Level 1 Certified hospital. For more information, visit: www.dovelewis.org
"There is such an incredible need in the state for neurology. We treat animals every day with extensive brain injuries from car accidents, back injuries, or suffering from seizures, but we wanted to do more for them." said DoveLewis President and CEO Ron Morgan. "Now we can get them the care they need right here so they can live a happy life with their families."
24-Hour Emergency Animal Hospital
1945 N.W. Pettygrove St.
Portland, OR 97209
Emergency phone: 503-228-7281
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