Episode #18

Changing The Paradigm For Veterinary Specialists

Host: Veterinary Business Institute | Published Date: February 08, 2024

Join us as renowned veterinary neurologist Dr. Fred Wininger joins forces with host Dr. Peter Weinstein for a riveting discussion on the transitions of veterinary specialty medicine.


  • The looming specialist shortage
  • The ever-evolving landscape of specialty studies: What lies ahead?
  • Navigating the corporate influence: Can we ensure ethical, accessible care?

This isn’t just informative; it’s transformative. This dialogue will reshape your understanding of animal well-being and empower you to become an advocate for your furry friend’s future.


  • 00:02:27 – The story of Dr. Fred Wininger 
  • 00:12:23 – Is there a shortage of veterinary specialists? Dr. Wininger’s take 
  • 00:18:24 – Assessing the level of intervention veterinarians should have in breed choice and breed expectations
  • 00:23:36 – Optimal use of certified veterinary technicians and training 
  • 00:34:42 – Navigating the future of speciality vet medicine studies amidst corporate influence
  • 00:49:53 – Confronting the challenges of cost in veterinary speciality medicines
  • 00:58:13 – Redirecting the veterinary speciality medicine sector
  • 01:01:23 – Telemedicine and veterinary speciality medicine
  • 01:07:05 – Dr. Wininger’s insights on a world without the ‘Covid’ touch

Fred Wininger VMD MS DACVIM (Neurology)

Veterinary Neurologist/Neurosurgeon, Educator through Pragmatic Simplicity, Biomedical Entrepreneur, Potentialist and Custodian of Quality Animal Care.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/fred-wininger-vmd-ms-dacvim-neurology-b6baab189/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/animalneurodoc/
Business Accountswww.instagram.com/3dveterinaryprinting/
Work: CARE Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency carecharlotte.com/doctors/

Special Mentions – The Bridge Club Bright Minds 2023 Game Changer  Award 

Dr. Fred Wininger earned his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia, he finished his neurology/neurosurgery residency at Washington State University. There, he developed a love for neuroimaging and developed a novel neuronavigation device. Joining the faculty at the University of Missouri, he applied these interests as a collaborator in the Comparative Neurology Laboratory. The group’s mission was to identify and treat disease analogs for both animals and humans, finding success in curative gene therapies for children and dachshunds with Battens disease (neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis). There, he also described novel genetic variants for a dog model of Lou Gehrig’s disease/ Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

He moved to St. Louis, where he practiced for several years and developed the first hybrid private practice/academic neurology residency program, which continues today. Dr. Winning is a proud member of Charlotte Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE), where he and his team practice state-of-the-art veterinary neurology and neurosurgery. Dr. Wininger is the owner and operator of 3D Veterinary Printing LLC, where he creates models and customized surgical tools to aid veterinary surgeons and neurosurgeons around the world. He takes great pride in his non-conventional educational models to break the cycle of “Neurophobia,” making veterinary neurology approachable and understandable to veterinary professionals and owners of pets committed to their dogs and cats. He maintains academic standing as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri and North Carolina State University, where he teaches all levels of students and consults on multiple research projects.