Fred Wininger, VMD, MS

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Fred Wininger, VMD, MS

Fred Wininger, VMD, MS

Board Certified in Neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr. Fred Wininger, an ACVIM (Neuro) Diplomate, began his veterinary career researching neurology and developing treatments of neurodegenerative diseases that affect both young dogs and children. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Wininger joined the faculty at the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of neurology/neurosurgery and a member of the Comparative Neurology Program. While at the University of Missouri, he developed one of the first hybrid private practice/academic residency training programs.

Training future vets remains one of his top priorities. However, Dr. Wininger says, “After years devoted to research and training others in veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, I chose to transition my career to work more closely with pets and people. I’ve always been passionate about improving lives. Being a vet enables me to see a dog or cat all the way through a diagnosis to treatment to living as happy and healthy a life as possible.”


  • Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, University of Pennsylvania, Summa Cum Laude
  • Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship, University of Georgia
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery Residency, Washington State University
  • Master of Science in Neuroscience, Washington State University
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)


  • International awards for his efforts that contributed to therapies now utilized in both animals and humans
  • Neurosurgical certification from ACVIM
  • Founding and current treasurer of Veterinary Neurosurgical Society (an organization committed to uniting veterinary surgeons and neurologists in discovering the best therapy for pets)
  • Specializes in and authored several peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on MRI neuroimaging techniques and minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures
  • Founder of 3D Veterinary Printing, LLC

Recent Blog Posts from Dr. Wininger

The Ins and Outs of Spondylosis and Discospondylitis

As humans age, we often develop spinal problems that are painful, and debilitating. That’s one thing we share, unfortunately, with pets. Dogs and occasionally cats get similar spinal problems, including spondylosis and the more serious discospondylitis. Because...

Pelvic Limb Weakness May Require a Rapid Response

One day, you notice your dog struggling to stand or support herself, as her hind limbs tremble with the effort. That could be a natural progression due to extreme old age. Or it could be a condition known as pelvic limb weakness – also called hind limb weakness – that...

Spinal Fluid Analysis

The “Blood Brain Barrier” separates the brain and the spinal cord from the rest of the body. This protects the brain from toxins and infections. For example, when you get the flu – or eat a bad oyster – you suffer from general body illness but your brain remains...

Vestibular Disease in Dogs and Cats

The vestibular system, also known as “the balance center,” is the part of our nervous system that enables us to stay upright relative to gravity and movement. If a dog has a problem associated with his or her balance, we often refer to this as “vestibular disease.”...

BAER Test: A Method Of Measuring Hearing Loss in Dogs

To test hearing in animals, owners and veterinarians can test a patient’s response to high-pitched noises, such as whistling, or loud noises, such as clapping hands or banging an object. Though simple, this is the most practical way to know if an animal can hear....