Small Animal Neurology & Neurosurgery Residency

This position is posted on the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program at:

The Neurology/Neurosurgery Residency at the University of Missouri (MU) ( and Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency (CARE) in North Carolina ( will prepare the candidate for Board Certification in the ACVIM specialty of Neurology. The program is 3 years with the option of pursuing a concurrent MS degree.  Training in neurology and neurosurgery is provided by three neurology and neurosurgery faculty at MU and two Neurologists at CARE. Joan Coates DVM MS Diplomate ACVIM is the Program Director.  Additional support of the program is provided by faculty with Board Certification in surgery, ophthalmology, large and small animal internal medicine, oncology, cardiology, imaging, radiation oncology, anesthesiology, nutrition, emergency and critical care, clinical pathology, and anatomic pathology (neuropathology expertise), as well as basic science faculty in the neurosciences. 

The resident will devote the majority of time to small animal neurology and neurosurgery with consultations in food animal and equine.  Neurology emergency duties are shared with the other neurology residents and neurosurgery emergency duties are shared with the surgery residents.   Rotations through internal medicine, surgery, radiology and other specialties, as well as neurology and neurosurgery at the MU School of Medicine can be arranged.  Outside rotations and training are arranged as needed.

The Neurology & Neurosurgery Service offers a complete electrodiagnostic laboratory with EMG, nerve conduction, signal averaging, and digital telemetried EEG.  Advanced imaging modalities include 3.0 Tesla MRI, helical CT, C-arm, SPECT imaging, PET imaging on site. Radiation therapy onsite uses a linear accelerator.  Stereotactic biopsy expertise has been established.  In addition to clinical rounds with students and faculty, the resident participates in weekly neurology journal club video conferenced with three other programs, neurology resident rounds, and rounds in imaging and neuropathology. Residents also attend weekly Clinicopathology Conference and house officer seminars.  Participation in weekly Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Round at the School of Medicine is encouraged as time permits.  The resident will be expected to complete a research project to fulfill ACVIM requirements.  Collaborative projects can be pursued with the Comparative Neurology Program and modest funds are available to support resident research.  The MS program encompasses courses by specialists in a variety of fields which prepare the resident for board certification. 

Please contact Dr. Joan R. Coates ( or call 573-882-7821 for further information on the program or to schedule an interview.  

A license to practice veterinary medicine and prescribe controlled substances in the State of Missouri is required to begin the program.  Candidates must have graduated from an AVMA accredited college or possess an ECFVG certificate to qualify for licensure in Missouri.  The resident must achieve a passing score on the NAVLE (as defined by the Missouri State Board of Veterinary Examiners) and must document this information to the Board via the license application process.  For the unlicensed applicant who is matched, requirements, and application forms for sitting the Missouri State Board Examination will be mailed after confirmation of the match.  Applicants should plan on sitting for the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board Examination in mid-June to ensure timely licensure.  Please contact MU’s Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Administrative Official at for further details.