Pamplin Media Group – DoveLewis becomes rare provider of veterinary neurosurgery

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With limited options for neurological veterinary care in the state, DoveLewis hired a team of board-certified specialists to treat animals with seizures, head trauma and spinal injuries.

With less than 6 practicing veterinary neurologists in the region, let alone practicing neurosurgery, the addition of two DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital-certified neurologists is a vital resource for pets in the Pacific Northwest.

Neurological emergencies Neurological emergency conditions are common in the nonprofit’s busy emergency and intensive care departments, with patients suffering from seizures, head trauma, spinal injuries and balance problems, but it was difficult to find specialized long-term care. The hospital had to refer severely affected neurology patients to the outside, a stressful and life-threatening step for the patient, and not guaranteed given the limited number of neurologists in the area.

The nonprofit, 24/7 hospital is already carrying a heavy caseload, with more than 30,000 animals finding care at its location alone in Portland’s Slabtown neighborhood. The pandemic has exacerbated some of the industry’s challenges, and DoveLewis staff have struggled 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, board-certified dermatologist and one of the top otology experts in the country. “It’s like having an ENT on hand to partner with neurologists on inner ear and vestibular conditions,” Morgan said.

The new service also offers high-end MRI and CT scans onsite for advanced diagnostic imaging, and the nonprofit’s education department has created video tutorials and tools to help families who are struggling. take care of neurology patients between appointments.

“We see every day how much effort families are willing to put into caring for their pets, Morgan said. “When they come to see us, they often experience one of the worst days of their life. Now we can do more than ever to help them.

About DoveLewis Emergency and Specialty Veterinary Hospital

DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and SpecialtyHospital, established in 1973 and based in

Portland, Oregon is the region’s only 24-hour non-profit emergency and intensive care unit. With 49 years of service to the community, the hospital treats more than 30,000 animals each year. In addition to being an accredited educational institution, DoveLewis also offers 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:

“There is an incredible need for neurology in the state. Every day we treat animals with severe brain damage from car accidents, back injuries or seizures, but we wanted to do more for them. ” said DoveLewis President and CEO Ron Morgan. “Now we can provide them with the care they need right here so they can live a happy life with their families.”


24-hour emergency veterinary hospital


Portland, OR 97209

Emergency Phone: 503-228-7281

DoveLewis does not provide diagnosis or medical advice over the phone. If in doubt, go to the hospital.