Sean Sanders DVM, PhD. DACVIM

Sean Sanders DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)
Veterinary Neurologist/Neurosurgeon

Sean Sanders


Education Background

  • BA in Communications
  • BS in Veterinary Science
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • PhD
  • Certificate for Neurosurgery through the ACVIM

Professional Experience

  • 1991 - 1992: KIDK News 3, Retlaw Broadcasting - Staff Broadcast Reporter
  • 1998 - 1999: Lewiston Veterinary Clinic - Mixed Animal Practitioner
  • 1999 - 2002: Washington State University - Resident in Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • 2002 - 2007: Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle (Pet’s Choice then VCA) - Neurologist/Neurosurgeon
  • 2007 - 2016: Seattle Veterinary Specialists (Partner/Owner) - Neurologist/Neurosurgeon
  • 2016 - Present: Seattle Veterinary Neurology (Owner) - Consulting Neurologist/Neurosurgeon
  • 2022 - Present: BoosterPet Veterinary Wellness and Urgent Care - Director of Business Development

Areas of Expertise

  • Specialization in advanced neurosurgical techniques such as spinal stabilization, craniotomy, and cranioplasty
  • Management of seizure disorders
  • Faculty member for ACVIM, AOVet, and Orthomed UK, teaching advanced neurosurgical techniques in the United States and Europe

Notable Achievements and Awards

  • 2015: Donald Canfield Veterinary Service Award - Seattle Police Department
  • 2002: American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Resident of the Year
  • 2001: Washington State University CVM, Resident of the Year (Given by 4th-year Veterinary Students)
  • 2000: Poncin Fellowship
  • 1996: National Parkinson’s Research Foundation Grant

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Washington State Veterinary Medical Association
  • Veterinary Neurosurgery Society
  • Veterinary Virtual Care Association
  • Washington State Board of Veterinary Governors Pro-Tem Member (Past Member)

Notable Projects and Initiatives

  • Introduced proposed rules change to Washington Administration Code allowing for expanded telemedicine provision for Veterinary Medicine (2022)
  • Started a 24-hour ER and Veterinary Specialty Hospital (Seattle Veterinary Specialists x2)

Professional Goals and Aspirations

  • Pioneer the integration of technology in professional development, utilizing augmented reality, virtual reality, and structured mentorship for postgraduate veterinary professionals
  • Facilitate the realization of veterinarians' full potential in serving pets and people through education, support, mentorship, clinical skill development, and problem-solving

Unique Skills and Qualities

  • Author of "Seizures in Dogs and Cats" (Wiley / Blackwell, 2015), a comprehensive guide on the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of seizures in dogs and cats
  • Extensive experience in lecturing and teaching neurosurgical techniques globally

Additional Information

  • Associates Degree in Vocational Studies from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding - Traditional Large Craft
  • Licensed private pilot
  • Proficient in building classical guitars, wooden boats, and restoring cars