Our Providers

  • Dr. Jessica Barker received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her Master of Science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Following the successful completion of her Master’s program, she attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, graduating with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After completing her DVM, she completed a one-year Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to complete the Neurology & Neurosurgery Residency program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Dr. Barker also has multiple publications and abstracts to her credit. She recently moved to the Washington DC area with her spouse, two cats and dog. Outside of work she enjoys running, hiking and rock climbing.

  • Dr. Bensfield received her undergraduate degree in River Falls, WI and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota. She completed her General Rotating Small Animal Internship at California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, CA and completed her March 22, 2017 Residency in Veterinary Neurology and the Veterinary Neurological Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to joining BVNS, Dr. Bensfield worked for Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Medicine for Pets in Northbrook, Illinois and Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center.

    Outside of work, Dr. Bensfield is a 1st degree black belt, soon to be 2nd degree, in karate, and also a blue belt in Aikido. She also did Kung fu for a couple years. She has 2 cats, “Sassy Chupacabra” and “CT.” She knits and plays violin and flute.

  • Dr. Bush was an English major at College of the Holy Cross and a naval officer prior to graduating near the top of his class at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. He then completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at NC State University. Dr. Bush then returned to University of Pennsylvania for a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery where he earned research and teaching awards. After finishing his residency, he settled into the DC Metro area and practiced locally until launching Bush

    Veterinary Neurology Service in 2005.


BVNS specialists have received exceptional training as defined by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. We are experts in all forms of neurologic disease and treatments for small animals, including:

  • Spinal and Brain Surgery
  • Nerve and Muscle Biopsy
  • Seizure Management and Treatment for Neurologic Diseases that include Vestibular Disease, Brain Tumors, Neuromuscular Disease, Encephalitis and Diskospondylitis.
  • Onsite Diagnostic Options Including Onsite MRI and Electrodiagnostics

A Complete Neurology Center

Improving the health & comfort of pets with neurologic disease by unifying the art of compassionate care and the science of veterinary neurology.

When your pet is sick or injured, you both need the support, care and expertise of our devoted and dedicated doctors and staff. We understand how you feel and it is our calling to help you and your pet.

Bush Veterinary Neurology Service provides complete, thorough and compassionate veterinary care for pets with neurologic disease.

Our team of Board-Certified Veterinary Neurologists treats more veterinary neurology cases than anyone in the United States and we are privileged to help thousands of pets and their owners each year. Our team is committed to providing Complete Neurology Care including the medical and surgical treatment of all small animals suffering from neurologic disease. Helping those in need is our calling and it is our commitment.


Unlike other forms of veterinary surgery where surgery alone may successfully resolve orthopedic, skeletal or soft-tissue injuries; neurosurgery often requires complicated surgical procedures, expert understanding of the complex systems that underlie neurologic conditions and experience with how to best provide care to a recovering patient. Our training, dedication and expertise allow us to perform these life-saving and complex neurosurgeries almost every day.

This complexity requires the advanced training, advanced diagnostics and expertise of a Veterinary Neurologist.