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Devin Ancona

DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Devin Ancona
Veterinarian Specialist
Neurology
Availability: Wednesday - Saturday
Devin Ancona

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Neurology

Undergrad school: University California San Diego
Veterinary school: University California Davis Internship: University of Georgia, Small Animal Rotation
Internship: University of Georgia, Small Animal Rotation 
Residency: University California Davis, Neurology Residency

Why did you choose to specialize in Neurology? 
I became interested in neuroscience while in undergraduate school. When I discovered the possibility of pursuing the neurology specialty in veterinary medicine shortly thereafter, I knew that it was the right choice for me. My time in veterinary school and a rotating internship only served to reinforce my interest in neurology.

Years of education and training completed toward become specialized.
8 years in college, 1-year internship and 3 years in a residency. So a total of 12 years dedicated to be able to provide the best possible care for patients.

Why do you choose to practice at VCA West Coast?
The team was extremely inviting and collegial during my initial visit. The location also played a very large role in my choice since we have family in San Diego.

Part of VCA West Coast’s mission is to help advance the profession of veterinarian medicine, how do you contribute?
I would like to contribute by teaching future veterinarians as students rotate through the hospital during their 4th year. I also wish to foster an environment of collegiality between specialty services to provide the best quality of medicine for my patients and clients.

VCA West Coast has 13 core values, which one relates best to you?
Integrity

What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine?
Hiking/camping with my wife and 2 children, cycling, reading and swimming.

Neurology

Board-certified veterinary Neurologists/Neurosurgeons are veterinarians who have received advanced training after veterinary school in the diagnosis and management of diseases that affect the brain, spinal cord, muscles, and nerves of animals. They have typically completed one or more years of internship and a three year residency in an approved program. In addition, they have passed numerous exams and have demonstrated the knowledge, proficiency, and skills to be awarded certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of Neurology. In other words, they are individuals that have dedicated years of their life to study and practical training in their chosen specialty far beyond what a typical graduate veterinarian would.

Some of the conditions a neurologist would diagnose and treat include:

  • Weakness or paralysis (difficulty using legs)
  • Wobbler’s Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Spinal pain
  • Tremors
  • Behavior changes
  • Head tilts and balance issues
  • Seizures
  • Neuromuscular disorders (diseases of the nerves and muscles)
  • Meningitis/Meningoencephalitis (Inflammatory/Infectious diseases of the central nervous system)

Board-certified neurologists work closely with your family veterinarian and are an integral part of the team once a problem is detected. Internists often utilize specialized testing to diagnose illness. The tests may include: The more common specialized tests utilized by a board-certified veterinary neurologist include:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Computed Tomography (CT, cat scan)
  • Myelograms
  • Spinal fluid analysis (spinal tap)
  • Electrodiagnostics
  • Muscle/nerve biopsy

Some of the procedures a neurologist can perform include:

  • Spinal cord decompression (disc herniation)
  • Cervical Vertebral Stabilization (Wobbler’s Syndrome)
  • Lumbo-Sacral decompression (Cauda equine Syndrome)
  • Cranio-Occipatal Malformation surgery
  • Atlanto-Axial luxation stabilization (AA Lux)
  • Spinal fracture/luxation stabilization
  • Craniotomy

VCA West Coast Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital strongly believes in the triad of care. You, your family veterinarian, and your VCA West Coast neurologist will become a team working together to provide your pet with the best possible care.

If you or your veterinarian believe your pet may benefit from an consultation with an neurologist, please contact us. Additional information is available at www.acvim.org.

Our Neurology Team

VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital

18300 Euclid Street

Fountain Valley, Orange County, CA 92708

Main: 714-241-9001

Fax: 714-241-9020

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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