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Richard Joseph, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), Chief of Staff

Richard Joseph, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Joseph is Chief of Staff, a Staff Neurologist and Veterinary Acupuncturist at Animal Specialty Center. He is the co-founder of Animal Specialty Center.

His primary interests include episodic disorders, neuroimaging (MRI), neuro-oncology and electrodiagnostics for neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Joseph also has performed acupuncture since 1990, primarily on patients with pain-related disorders such as arthritis and intervertebral disc disease.

From 1979 to 1981, he was enrolled in veterinary school at La Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and acquired skills in speaking Spanish. He was coeditor of a veterinary school publication to enhance the education of Dominican students by summarizing English journal articles in Spanish. Dr. Joseph transferred to and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1984.

In 1985, Dr. Joseph completed an internship in medicine and surgery. In 1989, he completed a combined residency in internal medicine and neurology at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. He became board certified in neurology in 1989. He was awarded Teacher of the Year by the intern class of 1990. During his residency, he completed a post-doctoral training program in veterinary acupuncture and became certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

Prior to opening Animal Specialty Center, Dr. Joseph was chief neurologist and head of a medical service at The Animal Medical Center in New York City from 1989 to 2000. He was the only practicing neurologist in New York City during that period. He managed a very busy clinical caseload, including outpatient consultations, neurodiagnostic testing and management of hospitalized patients. His responsibilities also included training interns, residents, externs, visiting foreign veterinarians during daily ward rounds, and formal weekly lectures. His motivation and desire to teach extended to providing neurology phone consultations through Antech Diagnostic Labs to veterinarians nationally, and to providing online neurology services and course instruction for the Veterinary Information Network.

Dr. Joseph cofounded of Animal MR in 2000, a mobile veterinary MRI service, has enabled him to be visionary in formation of Animal Specialty Center.

Over the career, Dr. Joseph has published numerous journal articles and has lectured nationally and internationally at local veterinary meetings, universities and national society conferences. He has been featured in a variety of articles including New York Magazine's Best Vets and for acupuncture in the New York Post and Fortune Magazine. CNN also promoted his acupuncture skills in a video segment. In 2017, Animal Specialty Center was awarded by Best of Westchester by readers of Westchester Magazine.

A member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he has served on the Credential Committee for the College of Neurology. He is also a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and New York City and State Veterinary Medical Associations.

Dr. Joseph is passionate about the continued success of Animal Specialty Center and on the impact the center has on our community. He is extremely focused on seeing that all hospital employees provide quality service with unparalleled sensitivity to every animal and their family that comes into contact with us.


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