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Fiona James

Associate Professor   |   DVM, MSc, DVSc, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)


Fiona James earned a Master’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of Western Ontario before completing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. After an internship in Michigan, she returned to the OVC for both a residency in Neurology and a Doctor of Veterinary Science degree. From 2009 to 2011, she was an adjunct faculty member at OVC and a veterinary neurology specialist working at several private practices in Ontario and the U.S. She joined the OVC Neurology Service in 2011. Her research interests include comparative epilepsy, electroencephalography, translational genetics of neurologic disease, and neuroimaging. Currently, she directs the Comparative Epilepsy Program with active projects examining details of canine electroencephalography and epilepsy syndromes.

Research Interests

Epilepsy, Electroencephalography, Neuro-imaging


ORCID iD iconhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4331-4993

Selected Publications

  • James FMK, Cortez MA, Monteith G, Jokinen TS, Sanders SG, Wielaender F, et al. (2017) Diagnostic Utility of Wireless Video-Electroencephalography in Unsedated Dogs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 31, 1469–76. http://doi.org/10.1111/jvim.14789

  • Rothenburger JL, Hartnett EA, James FMK, Grahn BH. (2017) Anophthalmia in a Wild Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 53, 942–5. http://doi.org/10.7589/2017-02-048

  • Wielaender F, Sarviaho R, James FMK, Hytönen MK, Cortez MA, Kluger G, et al. (2017) Generalized myoclonic epilepsy with photosensitivity in juvenile dogs caused by a defective DIRAS family GTPase 1. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114, 2669–74. http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1614478114

  • Murthy VD, Laniesse D, Beaufrère H, James FMK, Egan R, Smith DA. (2016) What Is Your Diagnosis? Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, 30, 204–8. http://doi.org/10.1647/2015-101

  • Ward J, James F, & Monteith G. (2016). The effect of lidocaine on muscle artefacts in awake canine electroencephalogram recordings. The Veterinary Journal, 213, 6-8. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2016.03.025

  • Rinz CJ, Lennon VA, James F, Thoreson JB, Tsai KL, Starr-Moss AN, et al. (2015). A CHRNE frameshift mutation causes congenital myasthenic syndrome in young Jack Russell Terriers. Neuromuscular Disorders : NMD 25, 921-7. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nmd.2015.09.005

  • James FMK, da Costa RC, Fauber A, Peregrine AS, McEwen B, Parent JM, & Bergman R. (2012). Clinical and MRI findings in three dogs with polycystic meningiomas. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 48(5), 331–338. http://doi.org/10.5326/JAAHA-MS-5774

  • James FMK, Allen DG, Bersenas AME, Grovum WL, Kerr CL, Monteith G, et al. (2011). Investigation of the use of three electroencephalographic electrodes for long-term electroencephalographic recording in awake and sedated dogs. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 72(3), 384–390. http://doi.org/10.2460/ajvr.72.3.384

  • Caines D, Pinard CL, Kruth S, Orr J, & James F. (2011). Autonomic dysfunction in a Jack Russell terrier. The Canadian Veterinary Journal La Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne, 52(3), 297–299. 

  • James FMK, & Poma R. (2010). Neurological manifestations of feline cuterebriasis. The Canadian Veterinary Journal La Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne, 51(2), 213–215.

  • Weese JS, Poma R, James F, Buenviaje G, Foster R, & Slavic D. (2009). Staphylococcus pseudintermedius necrotizing fasciitis in a dog. The Canadian Veterinary Journal La Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne, 50(6), 655–656.

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