Dominik Faissler - DVM, DECVN

Dominik Faissler
Neurology and Neurosurgery
Neurology / Neurosurgery

A neurosurgeon and neurologist,Dr.Dominik Faissler has served as an assistant professor of neurology at the Cummings School's Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts since 2000. He leads Tufts' neurology residency program at the veterinary school, teaches neurology, leads clinical skills labs on neurological evaluations for second-year students and serves as a Problem Based Learning facilitator for first-year students.

A native of Switzerland,Dr.Faissler earned his veterinary degree from the University of Berne, where he completed a thesis onGenetic Aspects of Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Labrador Retriever.He also served as an assistant at the University's Institute of Theriogenology, a member of the Institute of Neurology's clinical staff and undertook a residency at the school. He has been a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology for more than 10 years.

Dr.Faissler has published in numerous scientific journals, contributed book chapters on topics ranging from tremor syndromes to the peripheral nervous system, and the abstract from a collaborative project he did with Drs. Blaze, Shaw and Dodman was presented at the World Veterinary Anesthesia Congress in Scotland in 2009. He has a clinical research interest in canine brain tumors and intervertebral disc disease, as well as other topics in neurosurgery, oncology, and compression of the cervical spine.


  • Doctoral Thesis - University of Berne, Switzerland - 1995
  • DVM - University of Berne, Switzerland - 1987

Board Certification

  • European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN), 1999

The effect of acepromazine on electroencephalographic activity in normal sedated dogs

Author(s):Blaze, C.A. | Faissler, D. | Schneider, B. | Maranda, L. | Barton, B. | Simon, R.F. | Dodman, N.H.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine

Vaccination for invasive canine meningioma induces in situ production of antibodies capable of antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity

Author(s):Andersen, B.M. | Pluhar, G.E. | Seiler, C.E. | Goulart, M.R. | SantaCruz, K.S. | Schutten, M.M. | Meints, J.P. | O'Sullivan, M.G. | Bentley, R.T. | Packer, R.A. | Thomovsky, S.A. | Chen, A.V. | Faissler, D. | Chen, W. | Hunt, M.A. | Olin, M.R. | Ohlfest, J.R.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Cancer Research

Successful management of an intracranial phaeohyphomycotic fungal granuloma in a dog

Author(s):Bentley, R.T. | Faissler, D. | Sutherland-Smith, J.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

MAgnetic resonance imaging apparent diffusion coefficients for histologically confirmed intracranial lesions in dogs

Author(s):Sutherland-Smith, J. | King, R. | Faissler, D. | Ruthazer, R. | Sato, A.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound

Questions cause of spinal cord compression in dog

Author(s):Boudrieau, R.J. | Faissler, D.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Surgical management of a canine intracranial abscess due to a bite wound: Case Report

Author(s):Bilderback, A.L. | Faissler, D.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Clinical use of an herbal-derived compound (Huperzine A) to treat putative complex partial seizures in a dog

Author(s):Schneider, B.M. | Dodman, N.H. | Faissler, D. | Ogata, N.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Epilepsy and Behavior

Anesthesia case of the month

Author(s):Abelson, A.L. | Faissler, D. | Karas, A.Z.
Publication year: 2008
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Multiple meningiomas in three dogs

Author(s):McDonnell, J.J. | Kalbko, K. | Keating, J.H. | Sato, A.F. | Faissler, D.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association

Magnetic resonance imaging features of cervical spinal cord meningiomas

Author(s):McDonnell, J.J. | Tidwell, A.S. | Faissler, D. | Keating, J.
Publication year: 2005
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound

Incidence of the labrador retriever hereditary myopathy: Neuromuscular changes in dogs with and without clinical signs | Myopathie der labrador retriever: Neuromuskuläre veränderungen bei kranken und klinisch gesunden hunden

Author(s):Bilzer, T. | Faissler, D. | Neumann, J. | Bley, T. | Steffen, F. | Cizinauskas, S. | Gaillard, C. | Jaggy, A.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Tierarztliche Praxis Ausgabe K: Kleintiere - Heimtiere

Tetanus in cats: 3 Clinical cases | Tetanus bei katzen: 3 Fallbeschreibungen

Author(s):Tomek, A. | Kathmann, I. | Faissler, D. | Cizinauskas, S. | Timmann, D. | Reimer, Y. | Moser, J. | Jaggy, A.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Schweizer Archiv fur Tierheilkunde

Genetic aspects of labrador retriever myopathy

Author(s):Bley, T. | Gaillard, Cl. | Bilzer, Th. | Braund, K.G. | Faissler, D. | Steffen, F. | Cizinauskas, S. | Neumann, J. | Vögtli, T. | Equey, R. | Jaggy, A.
Publication year: 2002
Journal / Book title: Research in Veterinary Science

Seizures due to polycythemia: Review of literature and case report | Krampfanfälle im Zusammenhang mit Polyzythämie: Literaturübersicht und Fallbeschreibung

Author(s):Faissler, D. | Griot-Wenk, M.E. | Fatzer, R. | Von Tscharner, C. | Aberle-Thiemann, B. | Jaggy, A.
Publication year: 1998
Journal / Book title: Schweizer Archiv fur Tierheilkunde

Genetic aspects of idiopathic epilepsy in Labrador retrievers

Author(s):Jaggy, A. | Faissler, D. | Gaillard, C. | Srenk, P. | Graber, H.
Publication year: 1998
Journal / Book title: Journal of Small Animal Practice

Clinical, epidemiological and treatment results of idiopathic epilepsy in 54 labrador retrievers: A long-term study

Author(s):Heynold, Y. | Faissler, D. | Steffen, F. | Jaggy, A.
Publication year: 1997
Journal / Book title: Journal of Small Animal Practice

General Research Interests

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors; Wobbler's disease; Encephalitis; Epilepsy

Selected Research Projects

  • Outcome of different treatment options in canine frontal lobe meningioma
  • Classification of spinal cord compressions in canine cervical spondylotic myelopathy (Wobbler's disease)
  • Levetiracetam for the long-term treatment of canine idiopathic epilepsy

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Neurodegenerative disease in dogs, menigiomas and gliomas in dogs, intervertebral disk disease

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Oncology and Cancer Research and Clinical Trials
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors.
Neurology and Behavior
  • Nutritional modulation of epileptic seizures. Neurosurgery and brain tumors in dogs and cats; Chronic cervical spinal cord compressions

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Spiral CT Picker Venue
  • MRI Siemens Impact 1 Tesla
  • Electrodiagnostic equipment Nicolet Viking IV P
  • Linear accelerator Siemens Mevatron 77