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Andrew Farabaugh

DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Dr. Farabaugh
Veterinary Specialist
Neurology
Dr. Farabaugh

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2005

Board Certified:

Neurology

Specialties Include:

Auto-immune diseases of the central nervous system
Reconstruction of the spine and skull using 3-D printing of surgical models and templates
 


Dr. Farabaugh is originally from New Jersey where he received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in 1991. Following a short career in juvenile justice in Washington State, he returned to Rutgers University in 1999 and completed a degree in Animal Science in 2001. He then went on to graduate with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduation from Tufts, he completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship, followed by a three-year medical and surgical neurology residency at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. He remained at Angell as a staff neurologist until moving to Southern New Hampshire Veterinary Referral Hospital in 2012. This was followed by a position at Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey in 2014, where he remained on staff until joining the VCA South Shore team in 2019. 
 
Dr. Farabaugh is board certified through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of Neurology. His professional interests include auto-immune diseases of the central nervous system and surgical techniques for stabilization and reconstruction of the spine and skull using 3-D printing of surgical models and templates.
 

Neurology

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 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 either the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the United States or the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN) in Europe to specialize in veterinary neurology.

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 CT and bone scans, MRI, ultrasound, myelography, 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.
  • Knowledge of clinical trials available to pets with specific neurologic disorders.

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.
  • There are less than 100 veterinary neurologists in the United States today.
  • Seizures are the most common neurological problem in companion animals.
  • Intervertebral disk disease is the most common spinal cord problem in dogs.
VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital

595 Columbian Street

South Weymouth, MA 02190

Main: 781-337-6622

Fax: 781-337-0069

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Appointments Seen:

Monday - Friday, 7am-9pm
Saturday, 9am-5pm
Sunday, 9am-4pm
Emergency Services Open 24/7

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