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Our Neurology department is headed by Dr. Dharshan Neravanda, a board-certified medical and surgical neurologist. Neurology appointments are generally scheduled following recommendation from your primary care veterinarian or another DCVR department. New appointments are available on Monday through Friday, including a limited number of same-day referrals. Dr. Neravanda is available to the other veterinarians at DCVR for consultation seven days a week.

To make an appointment, you may either call the front desk at (301) 809-8800 or click  Contact Neurology on the left. To prepare for your appointment:
1) Please complete the new patient history form
2) Arrive 10 minutes early for the initial appointment
3) Bring all medications with you to the appointment
4) Bring relevant radiographs (films or a CD)
5) Bring any video footage that may be helpful
6) Do not feed on the morning of the appointment
a) Medications can be given on schedule with a small amount of food
b) Diabetic patients- give medication and food as usual


During your appointment, your pet will receive a full neurologic exam and a thorough review of the medical history. At that point, the neurologist will determine the location of the problem in the nervous system and the suspected causes. If further tests are needed, they will be recommended at that time. Radiography (x-rays), CT scan, MRI, and spinal taps can be performed in-house.  After your appointment, our Neurology team will continue to assist you with your pet’s treatment. We are available via phone and email, and will promptly respond to any questions or concerns that you may have. Recheck exams are scheduled by the Neurology team as needed. In some cases, drop-off recheck appointments can be offered to accommodate our busy clients.
Surgery is performed on-site in one of three operating rooms. Anesthesia is administered and closely monitored by the doctor and a veterinary technician. Post-operatively, your pet will most likely spend a few days in our hospital, receiving the very best care by our dedicated team of veterinary technicians. While your pet is hospitalized, daily doctor updates will be provided to you regarding his/her progress, and you are welcome to call at any time, day or night, for an update provided by a technician. Visiting hours for hospitalized patients are from 12pm-8pm, but we ask that you call ahead and let us know when you would like to come in so we can make sure it is an appropriate time with regards to your pet’s treatment schedule.  At your discharge appointment, we will thoroughly explain the recovery process and let you know what to expect as you care for your pet at home.

Common Neurologic Conditions

  • Atlanto-axial subluxation
  • Brain tumor
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Disc herniation (IVDD)
  • Discospondylitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Exercise intolerance and collapse
  • Head muscle atrophy
  • Muscle disease
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Neck pain + back pain
  • Peripheral nerve disease
  • Seizures
  • Tremors and involuntary movements
  • Vertebral fracture/luxation stabilization
  • Vestibular disease
  • Wobbler syndrome