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Arturo Otamendi

DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Arturo Otamendi
Veterinary Specialist
Arturo Otamendi

At a Glance

Board Certified:


Dr. Arturo Otamendi was born in Maracay, Venezuela and moved to the United States when he was 9 years old. He was raised outside of New Orleans, LA where he grew up until moving to Baton Rouge, LA to attend Louisiana State University for his undergraduate studies. He stayed in Baton Rouge and went on to graduate from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. He then moved to Raleigh, NC where he completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at North Carolina State University. After his internship, Dr. Otamendi moved back to the Deep South to work on a Neurology/Neurosurgery residency at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, which he completed in July of 2018.  His main clinical interests include traumatic spinal cord injuries, inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system, and Neuro-Oncology. 
When not staying busy in the hospital, Dr. Otamendi loves to play music and is a classically trained trombonist. Soon, he hopes to become involved in the San Francisco music scene. He also loves spending time with his dog, a Shih Tzu named Rafiki, and his cat, a Domestic Short Hair named Reba.


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

A board certified veterinary neurologist is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained additional intensive training in veterinary neurology and has been certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) to specialize in veterinary neurology.While your regular 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. 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 and localization
  • Brain and spinal cord imaging, including CT scans
  • MRI, ultrasound, myelography, and radiography
  • Spinal fluid tap and analysis.Intensive care
  • Neurosurgery of the brain, skull, spine, and peripheral nervous system
  • Electrophysiologic examination of nerves and muscles
  • Knowledge of clinical trials available to pets with specific neurologic disorder

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Your veterinarian will receive a copy of your pet’s medical records for every visit. We work in partnership with your veterinarian to provide necessary follow up care and monitoring.

VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital

14790 Washington Ave.

San Leandro, CA 94578

Main: 510-483-7387

Fax: 510-483-7389

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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