We offer the only Neurology and Neurosurgery service in the South West of England that is fully supported by three European Specialists in veterinary neurology, Tom Harcourt-Brown, Francois Liebel and Tom Shaw, a veterinary neurologist, Alexandra Ferreira, and four residents in training for the diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology, Veronica Mortera, Emma Laws, George Nye and Virginia Crespo.
We have 16 slice CT and 1.5T MRI scanners permanently on site.
We further benefit from a combination of state of the art surgical facilities for neurosurgical patients, electrodiagnostic equipments (for muscle and nerve studies but also audition testing and spinal cord monitoring), ICU unit able to receive neurological emergencies at any time and a Pain Management and Rehabilitation Centre.
We hope you find the questions below useful. There is also a list of more general questions in our General Info for Owners pages.
On average, including preparation of our pet for anaesthesia, it takes around 90 minutes to do one area (i.e. the brain) with MRI. If your pet then needs further investigations under anaesthesia it can take longer.
The majority of patients having an MRI will also have a CSF tap (cerebrospinal fluid tap- which collects fluid that lives around the brain and spinal cord) and this usually adds around 15-30 minutes.
This is usually because we need to allow enough time for patients to be fully recovered from their general anaesthetic before discharge. Often we need to await other test results before performing MRI, which means the MRIs are often done later in the day.
If for example your dog was suffering from seizures, we need to rule out disease outside the brain that can cause seizures, before it is safe to perform the general anaesthetic to take an MRI of the brain. Otherwise we can perform a diagnostic MRI that is unnecessary for your pet, potentially dangerous and incur avoidable expense.
We will offer basic advice for you to perform at home if you are unable to attend a physiotherapist in person.
We can also offer services for the management of chronic pain in neurological patient, either via our pain/anaesthesia team (they provide acupuncture sessions) or via our rehabilitation unit.
This is again on a case by case basis and if we do not deem it necessary will not ask you to return.
For particular conditions such as idiopathic epilepsy we may not need to perform further tests here but can ask your normal vet to send results and liaise with us about therapy.
If your pet has had surgery we often ask you to organise a revisit appointment with your normal vet to remove stitches before a revisit appointment.
We do not have routine visiting hours to ensure visits are as flexible as possible for clients and their pet, so you will need to organise this with a nurse or the neurologist on an individual basis.
We feel it is best not to visit within the first 48 hours of an operation or if you feel that the visit will be detrimental to your pet's chance of recovery.
If you need to contact us in the meantime you can leave a message with our reception team and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
This may be given to you at your discharge appointment, or emailed on shortly after discharge. We send the same report to your vets to ensure they are up to date with the plan for your pet.
Your vet will also get a ‘case report’ letter that contains more medical details on your pet’s condition, diagnosis and treatment.