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William B. Thomas, DVM

Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurosurgery
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Tennessee
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-8387
FAX: (865) 974-5554


  • DVM - Auburn University
  • MS - Auburn University

Board Certification

  • Diplomate American College of Veterinary Medicine, Neurology


My primary teaching interests are training veterinary students, interns, and residents in neurology and neurosurgery. I am also interested in computer-assisted learning, especially internet-based training.

Clinical Interests

My general clinical interest is neurology and neurosurgery, with a specific interest in brain surgery and imaging of brain disease.

Research Interests

Research interests include transcranial Doppler ultrasonography: Developing a non-invasive technique to measure blood flow velocity in the major cerebral vessels.


  • Thomas WB. Initial assessment of patients with neurologic dysfunction. Vet Clin Small Anim Pract 30: 1-24, 2000.
  • Thomas WB. Diskospondylitis and other vertebral infections. Vet Clin Small Anim Pract 30:169-182, 2000.
  • Thomas WB. Idiopathic epilepsy in dogs. Vet Clin Small Anim Pract 30:183-206, 2000.
  • Thomas WB. Vestibular dysfunction. Vet Clin Small Anim Pract 30:227-249, 2000
  • Thomas WB. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of non-neoplastic brain diseases. Clinical Techniques in Small Animal Practice 14:125-147, 1999.
  • Thomas WB. Inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system. Clinical techniques in Small Animal Practice 13:167-178,1988.
  • Thomas WB, Sorjonen DC, Schueler RO, Kornegay JN. Magnetic resonance imaging of brain infarction in seven dogs. Vet Radiol & Ultrasound 37;345-350, 1996.
  • Thomas WB, Wheeler SJ, Kramer R, Kornegay JN. Magnetic resonance imaging features of primary brain tumors in dogs. VetRadiol & Ultrasound 37:20-27, 1996.
  • Thomas WB, Sorjonen DC, Steiss JA. A retrospective evaluation of 38 cases of canine distemper encephalomyelitis. Jour Amer Anim Hosp 29:23-28, 1993.
  • Thomas WB, Sorjonen DC, Simpson ST. Surgical management of atlantoaxial subluxation in 25 dogs. Vet Surg 20:409-412, 1991.

Books and Book Chapters

  • Wheeler SJ, Thomas WB. Self-Assessment Colour Review of Small Animal Neurology. London: Manson Publishing. 1996.
  • Thomas WB. Diseases of the spinal column and cord. In: Aiello SE (ed). The Merck Veterinary Manual 8th. Ed. Philadelphia: Merck & Co. 919-929, 1998.
  • Thomas WB. Diseases of the peripheral nerves. In: Aiello SE (ed). The Merck Veterinary Manual 8th. Ed. 910-919, 1998