The Neurology Service provides specialist care for dogs and cats with diseases affecting the nervous system (brain and spine) and the neuromuscular system (the nerves and muscles).
The veterinary profession is discovering and learning more and more about the nervous system and its disorders, and our clinicians are at the forefront of driving this understanding. We are fortunate to have state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanners which produce high quality images of the nervous system akin to those obtained in human medicine.
The neurology team is headed by European and RCVS Specialists supported by resident specialists-in-training and a dedicated neurology nurse who works closely with our physiotherapist.
Cases commonly investigated include:
- Intracranial (brain) problems such as epilepsy, brain tumours and meningitis.
- Spinal cord problems such as intervertebral disc disease (slipped discs) and spinal malformations. These are a large proportion of our caseload. We offer neurosurgery where indicated, working closely with pet owners and our physiotherapist to rehabilitate and optimise patient recovery.
- Neuromuscular (nerve and muscle) disorders. These are less common and can be very challenging, but the team can undertake specialised tests (i.e. electrodiagnostic investigations) that allow a better understanding of these conditions.
Referrals are prioritised so that urgent cases are seen as quickly as possible, leading to better patient outcomes. Prioritised referrals can include (but are not limited to) patients who may have lost the use of limbs or those who are showing signs of pain, collapse or seizures.
To refer to this service please visit our Vet Referral page.