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Casey Birkel

DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Casey Birkel
Veterinary Specialist
Availability: Monday - Thursday
Casey Birkel

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:


Specialties Include:

Seizure Management

Dr. Birkel received her DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 2008. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Irvine California. She completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, New York. Dr. Birkel became board certified in 2014. Dr. Birkel treats medical and surgical neurologic cases including seizures, immune diseases, Chiari malformations, tumors and neuromuscular disorders. Her interests include disc disease, cervical spondylomyelopathy (wobbler syndrome), and surgical removal of brain and spinal tumors.

Our Additional Services Offered Services

BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potential) Testing
Cerebrospinal Fluid Collection and Analysis
Neuromuscular Disease Diagnosis and Management
Ventral Slot Surgery
Dorsal Laminectomy (Cervical and Lumbosacral)


VCA Arboretum View Neurology Services:


  • MRI, CT
  • CSF evaluation
  • Nerve/Muscle biopsy
  • EMG, Nerve conduction studies
  • BAER Testing

Medical Neurology

  • Seizure management
  • Congenital malformation management (hydrocephalis, syringomyelia)
  • Vestibular disease treatment
  • Neuromuscular disease treatment
  • Encephalitis and myelitis treatment
  • Degenerative myelopathy management


  • Intervertebral disc disease (cervical and thoracolumbar)
  • Spinal fracture repair
  • Caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy (Wobbler's syndrome)
  • Atlantoaxial stabilization
  • Craniotomy (tumor removal, congenital anomalies)

What Is Veterinary Neurology?

Veterinary Neurology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the nervous system: the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles in pets. This encompasses such common problems as epilepsy, herniated discs, spinal and head injuries, meningitis, and cancers of the nervous system.

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary neurology in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Neurologist?

Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to the care of a specialist from time to time, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel your pet needs a veterinary neurologist to help diagnose or treat a problem. While your general practitioner veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, there is sometimes a need for the attention of a specialist. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her condition.

Specifically, veterinary neurologists can provide the following:

  • A thorough neurologic examination, which may be videotaped for future reference.
  • Brain and spinal cord imaging, including MRI, CT, ultrasound, and radiography.
  • Spinal fluid tap and analysis.
  • Intensive care.
  • Neurosurgery of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve system.
  • Electrophysiologic examination of nerves and muscles.
  • BAER testing

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In many cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care, especially if your pet is coping with multiple disease states or conditions. In other cases, your referral doctor will take over the majority of your pet's medical care for the duration of its referred treatment. It depends on your pet's particular problem.

Did You Know?

  • In an emergency, the safest way to transport a seizuring or unconscious pet to its veterinarian, for both you and the pet, is in an airline crate.
  • Seizures are the most common neurological problem in companion animals.
  • Intervertebral disk disease is the most common spinal cord problem in dogs.
VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital

2551 Warrenville Road

Downers Grove, IL 60515

Main: 630-963-0424

Fax: 630-963-0537

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Specialty/Emergency Hours:

Emergency/Critical Care open 24/7.
Specialty Services available Monday-Saturday depending on department.

Email Us - [email protected]

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