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Doctor reviewing MRI CARE’s board-certified neurologists focus on diseases that affect the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Some of the more common neurological disorders that our neurology and neurosurgery specialists treat include:

Neurology and Neurosurgery Appointments

Our neurologists and registered veterinary technicians work closely with our patients’ family vets to review your pet’s medical history and previous diagnostic testing. When our neurologists examine your pet, the primary aim is to discover where in the nervous system your dog or cat has a problem.

Once we determine the location, we consider a list of possible causes. However, we often rely on advanced imaging (CT or MRI), to differentiate the possibilities.

Before we move to advanced imaging we discuss options with our clients to determine next steps.

Advanced Imaging

CARE offers on-site CT and MRI scanning that enable us to get your pet scheduled for advanced diagnostics rapidly. Further, CARE has a state-of-the-art 3D surgical exoscope, which allows for superior visualization during delicate neurosurgery. We are one of a few private veterinary practices with this technology.

Treatment

At CARE, we emphasize the importance of discussing your pet’s treatment options along with medical management options for your pet. We have a dedicated, fully equipped neurosurgical suite should your pet require surgery. CARE’s overall goal is to treat our patients in the most effective and efficient way. We want to get them home as quickly as we can while experiencing the best long-term results.

Once your pet has returned home, we continue to provide personalized care and work cooperatively with your family veterinarian to ensure the best possible long-term outcome for your pet.

How to Schedule An Appointment

To schedule an appointment with our Neurology and Neurosurgery department, ask for a referral from your primary veterinarian. If your pet is unable to walk or seems to be in an emergency state, please call (704) 457-2300 to let us know you are bringing him or her in through our Emergency Service. We are open 24/7/365 for emergency care.

Hospital Admit Guide

If your pet is admitted for hospitalization at CARE, please review our Hospital Admit Guide to help answer questions about your pet’s stay.

Our Neurology & Neurosurgery Doctors

Our Neurology & Neurosurgery Residents

The CARE Neurology and Neurosurgery Service has partnered with the University of Missouri in the advanced training of neurology residents. Neurology residents are doctors who have completed a rotating internship and often a neurology-focused internship following veterinary school. These doctors spend four months in each year of their three-year residency with CARE’s board-certified neurologists.

CSR Profiles

Anna Encinias, sCSR for Neurology

Anna Encinias

sCSR for Neurology

Started

2016. “I started out working part-time as an ER CSR in the evenings, then transitioned to working full-time during the day. For the past three years, I have been the Specialty CSR for the Neurology department.”

Favorite part of the job

“The connection I make with my clients. Clients coming to our hospital and trusting us to take the very best care of their fur-baby is something that can be very scary. I take great pride in being able to assuage their fears and in being their go-to person for communication and comfort.”

Something she wishes people knew about her job

“CSRs don’t just answer phones and schedule appointments. We represent our clients, we advocate for them, and we are their cheerleaders. In veterinary medicine, it is everyone’s job to focus on patient care. Every phone call I have holds weight and has the potential to be a difficult discussion. The neurology doctors and team have provided me with a depth of knowledge that enables me to help not only our clients but also our patients, and I could not be more honored. This is a sliver of what I do in a day’s work!”

Her furry family

Chloe, 4, a black domestic shorthair cat, and Charlie, 3, a Golden Retriever. “She’s an angel, and he’s a hot mess!”

What people might be surprised to know

“I typically spend a few hours of a day out of my weekend focusing on a room in my house. I work in the room to get rid of items or things I don’t use anymore, reorganize shelves or cabinets, and build areas that make them functional. It’s like this fun game in my head where you balance both sides of your brain and have both creativity and satisfaction of order. My coworkers love how this translates into my work life. I am always coming up with ways to organize our space to make it more orderly and efficient.”

This is one of seven spotlights on some of CARE’s Client Services Representatives.

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Vet Tech Profiles

Jackie Avise, Neurology Technician

Jackie Avise

Neurology Technician

Job responsibilities

Make appointments, take histories, assist doctors, and help with everything from administering anesthesia and inserting catheters to doing tests such as MRIs and bloodwork.

Vet Tech education

Bachelors in Zoology at N.C. State University. Trained in the field as neurology tech.

Hometown

Lived in Charlotte since she was 1.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

“Have wine and cook and read (fantasy and realistic fiction).” Also, learning to play guitar.

What is the best part of your job?

“We work with many paralyzed animals, so it’s tough. Recently, there was a dog with no feeling in its hind legs and only a 50% chance of getting it back if they could do surgery on her as soon as possible.” It had been a long day, but at 7:30 that night, Dr. Fauber, Jackie, and others started the surgery. They left work at midnight. The following day, feeling had started to return to the dog’s legs, and she ended up walking out the door with her family. “That’s the best part.”

Who is your favorite pet among your three cats, two dogs, an albino corn snake, and beta fish?

“Midnight, a black cat with five tails’ worth of tail.” She found him under a bush when he was four weeks old and on her sister’s death anniversary. He’s not super affectionate, but when Jackie grabs a certain fuzzy blanket, Midnight makes a beeline for her and lets her love on him. Midnight assists with cooking and loves green beans and mushrooms. “He knows he’s the favorite.”

Originally posted as part of CARE’s celebration of National Veterinary Technician Week (Oct. 16-22, 2022).

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