Danielle Zwueste

Dr. Zwueste
Dr. Zwueste

I graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and began a rotating internship in Toronto that fall. I didn’t know exactly which direction my career would take at that time, but I had loved being a veterinary student and I knew that I wanted to continue my education. It didn’t take long to fall in love with neurology once the internship started and to decide that this was the field for me. I moved to the United States in 2013 to begin a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. I completed the program in 2016 and successfully achieved board certification status. I returned to the WCVM to start a neurology service, where I had the pleasure of combining clinical practice with teaching veterinary students. I was also able to help advance veterinary neurology through research.

I am incredibly excited to be making the transition to private practice, a career change that will allow me to focus on clinical work. I love so many things about my job, including that I am able to help dogs and cats (and their owners!) dealing with both medical and surgical problems of the nervous system. It is an incredibly challenging and rewarding career and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

I have 2 cats (Holly and Cornelius) and a dog (Tundra) of my own, all of whom are rescues. Tundra, a husky mix, is the only one who will be sad to leave the cold prairie winters behind. I like to consider my self an amateur outdoor enthusiast and I am looking forward to kayaking, scuba diving, rock climbing, camping and hiking here on the beautiful west coast. Another passion of mine is aerial silks, something I became involved in over 2 years ago.

I am so excited to be able to call British Columbia home and I am looking forward to meeting everyone in the community.


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Neurological conditions affecting dogs and cats include intervertebral disc disease, epilepsy, meningitis, encephalitis, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, vestibular disorders, neuromuscular diseases, and cancer. Our neurology team is dedicated to providing you and your pet with the best options for diagnosis and treatment. Our team is highly experienced in both surgical and medical management of neurological cases.

Our goal is to work closely with your family veterinarian to provide services ranging from consultation alone to comprehensive management of complex neurological diseases. Consultation with the neurologist begins with a thorough neurological examination, the goal of which is to localize the problem to a specific area of the nervous system. We can then recommend and discuss the most appropriate tests to reach a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.

Diagnostic modalities readily available include on-site MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computed tomography), digital radiography, myelography, and CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) analysis.

Consultations with the neurology team can be made by referral from your family veterinarian. We look forward to participating in your pet’s care.

Vancouver Animal Emergency & Referral Centre

2303 Alberta Street

Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 4A7

Main: 604-879-3737

Fax: 604-733-6340

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Referral Services:

By appointment only

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