Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Dominik Faissler

Neurology

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 on Genetic 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.

Education

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

Board Certification

  • European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN), 1999
  1. Bentley RT, Faissler D, Sutherland-Smith J, (2011): Successful management of a phaeohyphomycotic fungal granuloma in a dog. JAVMA, 239:480-485.
  2. Sutherland-Smith J, King R, Faissler D, Ruthazar R, Sato A, (2011): MRI apparent diffusion coefficients for histologically confirmed intracranial lesions in dogs. Radiol&Ultrasound, 52:142-48.
  3. BM. Schneider, NH. Dodman, D. Faissler, N. Ogata, (2009): Clinical use of an herbal-derived compound (Huperazine A) to treat putative complex partial seizures in a dog. Epilepsy and Behaviour, 15:529-534.
  4. AL. Bilderback, D. Faissler, (2009): Surgical management of a canine intracranial abscess due to a bite wound. J Vet Emergency Critical Care, 10:507-12.
  5. AL Abelson, D Faissler, AZ Karas (2008): Anesthesia case of the month. JAVMA, May 1, 232:1298-300.
  6. McDonnell JJ, Keating J, Sato A, Faissler D (2007): Multiple meningiomas in dogs: 3 cases. J Am Hosp Assoc, 43, pp. 201-208.

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