Course Leader

Sheila Carrera-Justiz
Dr. Sheila Carrera-Justiz
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Florida

Dr. Sheila Carrera-Justiz received her DVM from the University of Florida in 2005. She completed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Missouri and a neurology specialty internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. She completed a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at Tufts University in 2010 and became a board-certified specialist of the ACVIM that same year. Dr. Carrera-Justiz spent four years in private practice at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital before moving back to Gainesville, Florida to be a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida, where she has been since 2014.


Christine Thomson
Dr. Christine Thomson
BVSc (Hons), PhD, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN,
Veterinary Neurologist
Animal Referral Hospital Brisbane

Dr. Chris Thomson graduated from University of Melbourne, in 1983, completed a small animal medical and surgical neurology residency at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in neuroscience at University of Glasgow, UK. She worked at Melbourne, Glasgow, and Massey Universities, and latterly, in the Veterinary Medicine Department at University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Dr. Thomson recently swapped Alaska’s -30 degree C lifestyle for a +30 degree C one in Queensland, Australia and is working in private referral practice at the Animal Referral Hospital, Brisbane. Along with her colleague, Dr. Caroline Hahn, they’ve distilled decades of study and teaching about clinical neuroanatomy and neurological localization into ‘Veterinary Neuroanatomy: a clinical Approach (Elsevier 2012).

Large Animal Neurology

Monica Aleman
Dr. Monica Aleman
Professor, Co-Director of Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory
University of California, Davis
Dr. Monica Aleman obtained her veterinary degree at the University UNAM-Mexico and completed residencies in large animal internal medicine (equine emphasis) and neurology and neurosurgery at UC Davis. She completed a PhD in comparative pathology in neuromuscular disorders at UCD, and her research has expanded from the comprehensive clinical description of neurologic disorders to the discovery of a genetic mutation, development of novel diagnostic modalities, and understanding of pathophysiology of neurological and muscle disorders in multiple species with equine emphasis. Dr. Aleman is a regular speaker in national and international meetings. Dr. Aleman was recently awarded with the Terry Holliday Equine and Comparative Neurology Endowed Presidential Chair.


Elena Demeter
Elena Demeter
Assistant Clinical Professor
Cornell University
Dr. Alina Demeter earned her DVM in Bucharest, Romania, and continued her studies pursuing a PhD in Budapest, Hungary. She did her anatomic pathology residency training at Cornell University where she became passionate about neuropathology. Following her residency and board certification she completed a neuropathology fellowship at Cornell University, and recently joined the anatomic pathology team as a faculty member. Dr. Demeter is currently researching select infectious causes of encephalitis in animals.

Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller
Associate Professor
Cornell University
Dr. Andrew D. Miller is a graduate of Cornell University (BS ’01, DVM ’05) and a board certified anatomic veterinary pathologist (Dipl. ACVP ’08). He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Section of Anatomic Pathology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Miller was previously a faculty member of the New England Primate Research Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. His expertise is in oncologic pathology and neuropathology, especially comparative neoplasia. Dr. Miller has authored and co-authored over 140 peer reviewed articles, 5 book chapters, and is an editorial board member of Veterinary Pathology.