Small Animal

Neurology Complications

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Common complications, as well as uncommon but clinically important complications, seen in small animal spinal surgery. Major topic areas include implant failure, iatrogenic trauma, hemorrhage, failure to recover, and infection. Discussion includes recognition, strategies for prevention, and treatment if complications occur.


Elizabeth C. Hiebert, DVM

Surgical Intern
Sierra Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center


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Nick Jeffery, BVSc, PhD, MSc, DECVN, DECVS

Professor, Neurology & Neurosurgery
Texas A&M University

Nick Jeffery qualified from University of Bristol in the UK and has worked in primary care practice, private referral practice, basic science laboratories and university veterinary schools in the UK and USA. Nick specializes in neurology and neurosurgery with diplomas from ECVS and ECVN and PhD in neuroscience and recently he has undergone specialist training in clinical trial design and analysis. In October 2016 Nick moved to join the neurology group at Texas A&M University. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Animal Practice.


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Sharon C. Kerwin, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Professor, Small Animal Surgery
Texas A&M University

Dr. Sharon Kerwin is a board certified surgeon and neurologist, currently serving as Professor and Associate Department Head in the Department of Small Animal Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M. Her clinical and research interests include discospondylitis, joint disease, fracture repair and healing and spinal surgery. She also has a special interest in feline orthopedics and neurology.


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Beverly K. Sturges, DACVIM (Neurology)

Professor, Clinical Neurology/Neurosurgery
University of California, Davis

Hello! My name is Beverly K. Sturges, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology) and I am currently a professor and chief of the Neurology/Neurosurgery service at the University of California, Davis. I completed my DVM degree from Oregon State University in 1986 and practiced general mixed animal medicine and surgery in the US and abroad until 1995. In 1998, I completed a Neurology/Neurosurgery residency at the UC-Davis and became ACVIM board certified in Neurology. In 2008, I completed the NIH program for training in Clinical and Translational Research and earned a Master’s degree in clinical research. My primary research interests include intracranial surgery and novel treatments for brain tumors; spinal biomechanics and implant surgery, and stem cell therapies combined with surgery for treating spina bifida. My 3 human children are grown and independent, so my 3 canine and feline children rule the house now.


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Todd M. Thomas, DVM, MSpVM, DACVS-SA

Associate Clinical Professor of Small Animal Surgery
Auburn Veterinary Specialists – Gulf Shores

Todd M. Thomas, DVM, MSpVM (Surgery), Diplomate ACVS-SA is an Associate Clinical Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Auburn Veterinary Specialists-Gulf Shores. He received his DVM from Auburn University in 1995. After graduation he completed a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Thomas completed his residency and Master’s degree in small animal surgery at North Carolina State University in 2006. Dr Thomas spent 20 years on active duty in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps followed by two years as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Knowledge Preservation Program Fellow at the LTC Daniel E. Holland Military Working Dog Hospital in San Antonio, TX.


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Fred Wininger, VMD, MS, ACVIM (Neurology)

Section head Neurology/Neurosurgery
Veterinary Specialty Services

Dr. Fred Wininger is the section head of the neurology and neurosurgery department at Veterinary Specialty Services, a busy referral private practice in St. Louis. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology).
Dr. Wininger graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After concluding a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Georgia, he completed his neurology/neurosurgery residency at Washington State University, concurrently earning a Master of Science in Neuroscience in 2009.

Following 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. In addition to serving as the attending neurosurgical clinician at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, he was an active researcher involved in the development of therapy for neurodegenerative diseases that affect both young dogs and children. His contribution to both enzyme replacement and gene therapy yielded international awards and translated into viable therapies that are used in both animals and humans. He maintains an adjunct professor role at Mizzou and remains an active member of the research and teaching program there. He developed one of the first hybrid private practice/academic residency training programs with the faculty at MU and trains four residents per year that will go on to practice neurosurgery themselves.

Dr. Wininger has extensive clinical training in all aspects of veterinary neurology/neurosurgery with a neurosurgical certification from the ACVIM. His special interests include advanced MRI neuroimaging techniques and minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures. He is the founding and current treasurer of Veterinary Neurosurgical Society, an organization committed to uniting veterinary surgeons and neurosurgeons in discovering the best therapy for pets. He is the founder of 3D Veterinary Printing LLC.


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