What is a veterinary neurologist?
A board-certified veterinary neurologist specializes in conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, muscles and nervous system. Having gone through years of in-depth training in the medical and surgical management, the veterinary neurologist must undergo a residency training that gives hands-on experience in a clinical setting.
A successful completion occurs after rigorous post-residency examinations. Unlike human neurology, veterinary neurologists are trained in both neurosurgery and medical neurology. General practice veterinarians often times need a neurology consult in difficult cases. VRSP works with your family veterinarian to collaborate, diagnose and treat pets with neurological disorders.
Jill Narak, DVM, MS, DACVIM. (Neurology)
Board-certified Veterinary Neurologist Dr. Jill Narak joined Veterinary Referral Surgery Practice in May, 2016. Dr. Narak received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Biology from Creighton University in 2001. She was awarded a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.
Dr. Narak continued her education with an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery (2006) and a residency in Neurology/Neurosurgery (2009) at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. During her time at Auburn, Dr. Narak also earned a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences. After completion of her residency, Dr. Narak joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2012, she moved back to Alabama to begin a family and served as an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Auburn University. She has taught and trained hundreds of veterinary students, interns, and residents. She is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), Southeastern Veterinary Neurology Group and a founding member of the Veterinary Neurosurgical Society. Additionally, Dr. Narak serves on the ACVIM-Neurology Specialty Exam Committee and is a visiting professor at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She has been published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Journal of Veterinary Research, Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound and Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine. Her clinical interests include neurosurgery and she has expertise in the management of Chiari-like malformation and neuropathic pain.
Among the neurologic issues we diagnose and treat:
Intervertebral disc disease
Brain surgery for trauma or tumors
Wobblers (Cervical Vertebral malformation)
Surgery for malformation of the skull (Chiari-like malformation)
Seizure diagnosis and management
Management and diagnosis of vertigo
Diagnosis and management of Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia
Weakness, paralysis and otherwise abnormal gait
Intervertebral disk herniation (medical and surgical treatment)
Weakness or paralysis due to disease of nerves and muscles
Pain due to disease within the nervous system