Neurologic Consultations are available at VSES on a part-time basis. The neurologist is at VSES once a month. For upcoming consultation availability please call VSES at 585-424-1260.

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What Separates us From The Rest?

The extra training and experience that is required to achieve specialist certification ensures that the doctor has the most current knowledge and techniques available. As the only board-certified veterinary neurologist in Rochester, we are able to offer the highest level of neurological care without the need for extensive travel. Since the neurologist on staff is actively involved in clinical research, the most current diagnostic and treatment modalities for neurologic disorders are offered for patients at VSES.

For more information about veterinary specialization, please visit American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

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Dr. Curtis W. Dewey earned both his bachelor’s and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Cornell University.

Subsequent to graduating with his doctorate, Dr. Dewey entered and completed a rotating Small Animal Neurology/Neurosurgery residency at the University of California, Davis. He then served on the faculty of Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine for five years, followed by a five years in private specialty practice at Long Island Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Dewey is currently an Associate Professor and Chief of the Neurology/Neurosurgery Service at Cornell University’s Hospital for Animals.

Beyond his extensive professional accomplishments, Dr. Dewey has spoken at multiple national and international veterinary meetings. He is also widely published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and related publications. Most recently, the second edition of his textbook, A Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology, has been published by Wiley-Blackwell publishers.

Dr. Curtis Dewey

Curtis Dewey, DVM, MS,
Diplomate ACVIM(Neurology),
Diplomate ACVS

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Specialty Coordinator

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Born in Rochester and raised in the Southern Tier, Jennifer has been working in the animal field since 1998 and became a licensed veterinary technician in 2001. She joined Monroe Veterinary Associates in 2002. In addition to her LVT supervisor role, she is the neurology specialty coordinator.

She enjoys helping animals and their owners as well as working in a fast-paced emergency environment where you never know what will happen next. She especially takes pride in the medical aspects of her job, such as placing catheters and drawing blood.

She shares her home with many pets: Riley, a Pitbull mix; Saphyra, a Pitbull; Austin, a Pitbull/Bull Mastiff mix; Paige, a Manx cat; Phoebe, a domestic shorthair cat; and Oliver, a Siamese mix cat.

During her free time, Jennifer participates in animal fundraisers. Austin, her Pitbull/Bull Mastiff, loves to join her in helping animals, too! She also enjoys obedience training, yard work, scrapbooking and playing ball or Frisbee with the dogs.

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Jen Gargan,
Neurology Coordinator
Medical Staff Supervisor


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Your Visit

Initial consultations generally take 45 minutes, including a complete neurological assessment and communicating with the owner. The neurologic examination is a series of reactions that are elicited from the pet (reflexes, responses to different stimuli, etc) that help us localize where the problem is in the nervous system. Once the examination is complete, we usually have a good idea of where the problem is. There is no way to tell what the problem is without further diagnostics (e.g., MR imaging, spinal tap, etc); however, we will generate a list of possible disorders from most to least likely, based on all the information available.

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Conditions Treated

We provide diagnosis and treatment of both medical and surgical neurological disorders in dogs and cats. This includes medical conditions such as seizures and surgical disorders such as disk ruptures.

Conditions Treated

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Consultations are set up by referral from your local veterinarian and are available one day each month. Please call VSES at 424-1260 for upcoming dates when neurological consultations will be available. Emergencies are seen as needed.

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