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s well as cancers, spinal surgeries and brain tumors that would have led to euthanasia not too many years ago."

According to a study released by the American Veterinary Medical Association in January 2008, 49.7 percent of 50,000 survey respondents consider their pets to be family, 48.2 percent consider them to be companions while only 2.1 percent consider them to be property.

Chauvet said with an MRI now available 24/7, it offers a significant advantage in emergency cases, such as trauma or paralysis in dogs, where quick surgical treatment can make the difference between a dog that gets back on its feet and one that doesn't. Operation of the MRI and accurate reading of the scans requires a dedicated, trained MRI technician, and Chauvet also traveled to Italy, where the machine is manufactured, to complete training in advanced MRI techniques aimed at better diagnosis of neurological disorders including ruptured spinal discs, brain and spinal tumors and lesions as well as many other conditions.

Veterinary neurology is a relatively rare specialty, according to Chauvet, who is one of only about 150 veterinary neurologists and neurosurgeons in North America. Veterinary neurologists treat brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular conditions in animals, mostly dogs and cats.

"We are fortunate that advancements in medical training and technology allow us to treat serious conditions successfully and ensure our veterinary patients recover with a good quality of life so their owners may enjoy their companionship as long as possible," Chauvet said.
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Dr. Anne Chauvet, one of about 150 veterinary neurologists and neurosurgeons in North America, is the founder of Veterinary Neuro Services in Sarasota, Fla. Veterinary Neuro Services treats brain, spinal cord and neuromus
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