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Neurology & Neurosurgery

(865) 974-8387
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The neurology service provides specialty care for patients with diseases of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nerves. The service is staffed and equipped to provide the most advanced veterinary care available. We have one board-certified neurologist and see over 650 patients per year, including referrals and emergencies.

Fourth year students spend 2 weeks on the neurology service. Through supervised management of patients and clinical rounds, students learn to perform and interpret neurological examinations and manage various neurological disorders. House officers are assigned to the service (interns 4 weeks, medicine residents approximately 10 weeks, surgery residents approximately 12 weeks) and have primary case responsibility but are supervised by a board-certified neurologist. Hospitalized cases are discussed daily in clinical rounds with the students, house officers, and senior faculty.

The recent availability of more sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic procedures has greatly improved the prognosis for many animals with neurological diseases. Diagnostic procedures available at our hospital include cerebrospinal fluid analysis, myelography, scintigraphy, computerized tomography, transcranial Doppler ultrasonography, continuous monitoring of intracranial pressure, and various elecrodiagnostic procedures, including electromyography, nerve conduction studies, electroencephalography, and brain stem auditory evoked response testing. Neurosurgery is carried out by the neurology service. Surgical procedures include spinal cord decompression for intervertebral disk disease and neoplasia, repair of vertebral fractures and luxations, craniotomy, and peripheral nerve procedures. External beam radiation therapy is also available in the hospital.

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