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Veterinary Surgical Centers


The students will rotate through our neurology/neurosurgery practice and assist the attending neurologist. The main goals are to be able to perform a good neurological exam and determine a neuroanatomical localization and differential list for each patient. Other goals include learning the basics of our most common imaging techniques (radiographs, myelogram, CT, MRI) and surgeries. We will also have neurology topic rounds/discussions 3-4 times weekly for the most common neurological conditions.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • Rebecca Windsor DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
  • Five board certified surgeons
  • Four board certified internists
  • Two board certified cardiologists
  • Two board certified oncologists
  • One board certified ophthalmologist
  • Eight emergency/critical care clinicians

Educational Resources

  • Neurology Topic Rounds - three to four times weekly
  • Hope Center Journal Rounds - once weekly
  • Surgery Journal Rounds - once weekly
  • Hospital Topic Lecture - once or twice monthly
  • M and M Rounds - once monthly
  • Students also have access to all the books and journals throughout the hospital


  • Students are responsible for history taking and physical examinations on all new and recheck appointments.
  • They will also assist in neurological exams for all in-hospital transferred patients and consults.
  • They will help with the record writing for some patients (daily soaps for in hospital patients, initial neurological examination forms).
  • Students will be involved with interpreting imaging and assisting with surgeries.
  • In addition, students will be expected to come in with the on-call doctor for emergency neurosurgeries.
  • They are not responsible for any patient care (done by technicians), client communication, or referring veterinarian communication.

Student Supervision

Neurology Practice - Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:30 pm (approximate length of work day, varies according to emergency case load) Friday - Neurology rounds (approximately 2 hours). The remainder of Friday and portions of the weekend can be spent with the neurologist (if in hospital for consults, surgeries, or emergencies) or other members of the surgery service or the emergency service if the student is interested.


Housing is not provided. If the student is unable to stay with a friend or family member in the area, we can try to identify someone who can offer a room, however there are no guarantees for free housing.

Practice Information

Veterinary Surgical Centers
140 Park St. SE
Vienna, VA 22180

Ph: 703-242-6000
Fax: 703-242-8358


Updated: 03/10/10
Signature On File: Rebecca Windsor, DVM, DACVIM

Vienna, VA
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