Jennifer Balaban BVM&S

Neurology Resident

Dr. Balaban was born in Walnut Creek, CA, and completed her undergraduate education at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where she earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Dr. Balaban then attended the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland where she earned her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) which is the UK equivalent of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) obtained at universities in the US. After graduation, Dr. Balaban returned to California to complete an internship with a focus on emergency medicine and critical care and then worked as an emergency veterinarian for 8 years at multiple specialty veterinary practices. During her time in emergency medicine, she saw an increasing number of neurological coming through the emergency room. Her experience managing these cases spurred an increasing interest in veterinary neurology and ultimately the pursuit of a residency in that field. She has a particular interest in neurosurgery, emergency neurological conditions, and emergency medicine in general. Her education and professional experience:

2003-2007 Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) 
California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, CA)
2007-2010 Veterinary Technician
Adobe Animal Hospital (Los Altos, CA)
2010-2014 Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)
2014-2015 Rotating Internship in Surgery, Emergency, and Internal Medicine
Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialist (San Jose, CA)
2015-2016 Emergency Veterinarian
North Peninsula Veterinary Emergency (San Mateo, CA)
2016-2020 Emergency Veterinarian
Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital (Daly City, CA)
2020-2023 Emergency Veterinarian
Pacific Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital (Lafayette, CA)
2023-Present Neurology and Neurosurgery Residency
Veterinary Neurological Center (Phoenix, AZ)
Awards and Honors
  • University of Edinburgh, Graduated with Distinction (GPA of 3.75 or higher) (2014)
  • Cal Poly State University, Dean’s List (GPA of 3.5 or higher) (2007)
Professional Memberships
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (2014-Present)
  • Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (2023-Present)