Specialists (Neurologists)

Our team is led by highly-trained, Board-Certified Veterinary Neurologists who understand both the science of veterinary neurology and the art of providing compassionate care.

Becoming a Veterinary Neurologist requires extensive education, hands-on experience, advanced testing and complete dedication to owners and their pets. Many of our doctors are Board Certified or are in the process of achieving Board Certification through their participation and completion of an accredited three-year residency program.

In addition to saving and improving the lives of our patients and clients each day, our team also contributes to the advancement of veterinary science by lecturing nationally, conducting research and publishing articles and book chapters.


Cuff HSDaniel Cuff, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Daniel Cuff was born and raised in England. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Master of Science degree in Mobile and Satellite Telecommunications Engineering. He attended St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine where he frequently made Dean’s list and ultimately became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. During his time in vet school he became fascinated by the nervous system and decided to become an expert in this complex field.

After a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Center for Specialized Veterinary Care in New York, Dr. Cuff moved to the Washington, DC area and joined BVNS as the first neurology specialty intern in the fall of 2009. He then embarked on a rigorous three-year residency training program in neurology and neurosurgery which he successfully completed in July, 2013. He is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) specializing in neurology, and has gone on to complete additional ACVIM training in advanced techniques in neurosurgery.

Dr. Cuff is fascinated by all areas of neurology and neurosurgery but has a particular interest in seizure disorders and intervertebral disc disease. He now shares his expertise with others by training residents in his capacity as the BVNS Residency Advisor. He frequently lectures at veterinary conferences and instructs at continuing education courses for fellow veterinarians.

In his spare time, Dr. Cuff loves to travel. He is a keen photographer as well as a certified scuba diver.


Bush HSWilliam Bush, VMD, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Bush was an English major at College of the Holy Cross and a naval officer prior to graduating near the top of his class at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. He then completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at NC State University. Dr. Bush then returned to University of Pennsylvania for a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery where he earned research and teaching awards. After finishing his residency, he settled into the DC Metro area and practiced locally until launching Bush Veterinary Neurology Service in 2005.





Jarboe HSJoli Jarboe, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology/Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Certificate of Training

A native of Shepherdsville, KY, Dr. Jarboe graduated from the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After spending a year in private practice and two years in a 24-hr referral hospital as an emergency clinician, she began a three-year neurology residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After completion in 1999, Dr. Jarboe stayed on as a clinical instructor overseeing the neurology/neurosurgical practice as well as providing instruction to students, interns and residents in neurology/neurosurgery. In 2001, Dr. Jarboe accepted a position at a busy multi-specialty veterinary referral hospital in Houston. In 2003, she had the opportunity to join a neurology-only veterinary practice in Las Vegas where she was involved in the training of three neurology residents; all of whom have gone on to become Diplomates in the college of veterinary internal medicine (neurology).

Dr. Jarboe has presented lectures at both the local and national level, as well as co-authored several book chapters and scientific articles pertaining to veterinary neurology. She was the recipient of the 2003 College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University Young Achiever’s Award and also received the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from Eastern Kentucky University Department of Agriculture’s College of Business and Technology. In 2013, Dr. Jarboe obtained her ACVIM Neurosurgery Certificate of Training. She is also the current secretary of the Veterinary Neurosurgical Society. Her passion lies in all aspects of neurosurgery with a particular interest in brain and cervical neurosurgery.



Higg HSMichael Higginbotham, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology/Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Certificate of Training

Dr. Higginbotham, an Alabama native is a graduate of Auburn University where he obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine along with a Bachelors in Wildlife Biology. Dr. Higginbotham completed a Small Animal Medicine/Surgery internship at Mississippi State University along with Neurology Internships at both the University of Georgia and affiliated Vet Specialists. Following these internships, he then went on to complete his Neurology & Neurosurgery residency at the Veterinary Neurological Center in Las Vegas, NV. He received his Diplomat in Neurology in July of 2011. Dr. Higginbotham practiced at Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Austin, TX prior to joining St. George’s University in Grenada as an Associate Professor of Neurology/Neurosurgery. He and his wife are excited to have returned to the states and they love living in Richmond.


Martin Young, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Young received a Master of Science degree in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Colorado State University where he also received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He spent the first few years out of school working in general practice. In 2007, Dr. Young completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at South Paws Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center before being accepted as the first resident into the BVNS residency program in July of 2008. A Colorado native, he and his family have settled Virginia with their Border Collie/Shepherd mix. They are enjoying exploring the nation’s capital as well as hiking, fishing and camping.



Trub HS

Sarah Trub, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Trub, a proud Texan, received a B.S. in Animal Behavior from Southwestern University and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her undergraduate research in the field of neuroscience is what first sparked her interest in neurology. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery as well as a neurology internship at a large private practice in Connecticut. Dr. Trub first came to BVNS as a neurology intern and has since completed a neurology residency. She is now a staff neurologist with BVNS. Her professional interests include neurosurgery and intracranial neoplasia. She also enjoys teaching neurology to students and other veterinarians. Dr. Trub is married and has two spunky cairn terriers, McAllister and Emma, and a cat named Thomas. In her spare time, she will be found reading, cooking and enjoying the outdoors.




Barker HSJessica Barker, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Jessica Barker received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her Master of Science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Following the successful completion of her Master’s program, she attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, graduating with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After completing her DVM, she completed a one-year Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to complete the Neurology & Neurosurgery Residency program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Dr. Barker also has multiple publications and abstracts to her credit. She recently moved to the Washington DC area with her spouse, two cats and dog. Outside of work she enjoys running, hiking and rock climbing.


Ashley Bensfield, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology/Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Certificate of Training

Dr. Bensfield received her undergraduate degree in River Falls, WI and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota.  She completed her General Rotating Small Animal Internship at California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, CA and completed her Residency in Veterinary Neurology at the Veterinary Neurological Center in Phoenix, Arizona.  Prior to joining BVNS, Dr. Bensfield worked for Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Medicine for Pets in Northbrook, Illinois and Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center.

Outside of work, Dr. Bensfield is a 1st degree black belt, soon to be 2nd degree, in karate, and also a blue belt in Aikido. She also did Kung fu for a couple years. She has 2 cats, “Sassy Chupacabra” and “CT.” She knits and plays violin and flute.


Sandy Chen, BVM, Neurology Resident

Dr. Chen finished her veterinary degree in Taiwan. She practiced as a general practitioner for a few years before she passed the ECFVG (Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates) program in 2013.  She worked in Albany Animal Hospital in Oregon for nearly a year, completed 6 months of clinical training at Louisiana State University, and was accepted as a general intern at Washington State University in 2016.  Dr. Chen fell in love with Neurology in the first week of her neurology rotation. She stayed at Washington State University for one year of neurology training as a specialty intern. Dr. Chen came to BVNS in 2018 as a neurology intern and was later accepted into the BVNS residency program. 

Outside of work (and study), Dr. Chen likes to hang out with her cat Gigi (who is also from Taiwan). Dr. Chen enjoys cooking, painting, running, and exploring fascinating places in the DC metro area. 




Neary HSCasey Neary, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Neary received his undergraduate degree in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University where he graduated #1 in his class. He went on to attend the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009. During his time at Georgia, Dr. Neary was awarded many honors including the prestigious “Veterinarian of The Year” award in 2009. Dr. Neary entered a small animal internship at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals followed by a neurology internship with Bush Veterinary Neurology Service.

After his internship, he was accepted into the Bush Veterinary Neurology Service Residency program. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Neary continued with BVNS as a staff neurologist. Outside of work and school, Dr. Neary is married and lives in his hometown of Roswell, GA with his wife, their two sons, Patrick and Brooks, and their two cats, Noodles and Gouda. He loves the outdoors, college football (War Eagle!) and cooking.


Akin HSErin Akin, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Akin’s passion for neurology was sparked by an unexpected interest in freshman neurology and neuroanatomy classes in vet school. Dr. Akin received her DVM from Auburn University in Alabama and went on to complete a rotating small animal  medicine and surgery internship in Florida. After her neurology residency at Mississippi State University, Dr. Akin remained as a clinical instructor lecturing on topics such as degenerative myelopathy, cerebellar disease, vestibular disease and seizures. She also helped fourth year veterinary students with national board preparation and in her free time volunteered for Dachshund Rescue and the Humane Society.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Dr. Akin enjoys putting together all the pieces to diagnose neurologic disorders. She is particularly interested in intervertebral disc disease and Chiari-like malformations.