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  • Veterinary Neurology | Cave Veterinary Specialists

Our Neurology and Neurosurgery service is available to help with the diagnosis and management of all conditions of the brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular system.

If you have an emergency, please call one of the Team on 01823 653510.

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Our Neurology and Neurosurgery service is available to help with the diagnosis and management of all conditions of the brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular system.

Neurologists at Cave Vets

Fran Taylor-Brown and Tom Cardy are European Board of Veterinary Specialists (EBVS) and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) recognized specialists in veterinary neurology.

Before joining the team at Cave Vets, Fran was a clinical neurologist at the University of Cambridge and has published on a diverse range of topics including canine and feline spinal disease, epilepsy and muscular dystrophy. Tom was a lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College where his research interests included improving clinical approaches to neurology cases, novel treatments in canine and feline epilepsy and the use of 3D printed models and drill guides for complex spinal surgery.


The Neurology and Neurosurgery service have access to an on-site 1.5Tesla MRI scanner and 16 slice CT scanner. There is also an on-site laboratory, electrophysiology unit and spacious modern operating theatres with digital access to patients’ imaging studies.

Our Neurology and Neurosurgery service aim to provide care that is professional and compassionate and ensures that owners are fully included in decisions regarding the diagnosis and management of their pet’s condition. Fran and Tom have recently been joined by a third specialist, Simon Bertram and a neurology intern Samantha Gilbert. They are supported by a compassionate team of qualified veterinary nurses, physiotherapists and patient care assistants 24 hours a day.


  • Seizures/epilepsy
  • Tumours
  • Infarcts (strokes)
  • Meningoencephalitis of unknown aetiology
  • Trauma
  • Paroxysmal episodes (e.g. movement disorders)
  • Peripheral and central vestibular syndrome
  • Deafness
  • Abnormalities of the cranial nerves
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Cysts or abscesses

Spinal Cord

  • Intervertebral disc extrusion/protrusion
  • Lumbosacral disease
  • Cervical spondylomyelopathy (‘wobblers’)
  • Vertebral malformations
  • Spinal arachnoid diverticulae
  • Fracture/luxation
  • Canine degenerative myelopathy
  • Ischemic myelopathy (fibrocartilaginous embolism)
  • Chiari-like malformation and syringohydromyelia
  • Atlantoaxial subluxation

Neuromuscular System

  • Polyradiculoneuritis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Masticatory myositis
  • Polymyositis
  • Endocrine polyneuropathy
  • Tetanus

Our Neurologists are happy to discuss any neurology cases or potential referrals, so please feel free to give them a call on 01823 653510.


What our clients say...

"What a top man, Tom and his staff saved our beloved Staffie cross Stevie when he ruptured a disc in his spine, Mel and I are so grateful. It's 5 months now from his operation and he is nearly back to full strength and fitness."

"A HUGE thank you from us for the care you gave to Merlin...& for the kind support you gave to us. This Christmas will be celebrated as last year Merlin was unable to. Merlin collapsed screaming in pain & paralysed on Dec 22nd. Taken straight to our vet's & kept in till Christmas Eve. Emily our vet contacted The Cave as Merlin was fitting also. We were inconsolable thinking it was a brain tumour. Merlin was allowed home with complete crate rest on Christmas Eve. We spent from then until Jan 4th sleeping in the living room not leaving his side. Jan 4th was the day we drove up to meet you. We were running on adrenalin & everyone at The Cave went out of their way to make the visit as supportive as they could. We left Merlin with you for an MRI scan etc. Dr Tom, you kept in contact with us which did wonders for our nerves. We were expecting dire news. But the God's were on our side! This is how GOOD you are Tom. You gave a spot on diagnosis even before Merlin's MRI... The elation, even though he was a poorly boy was overwhelming! But our constant care avoided spinal surgery. We will never be able to thank you enough. Merlin is such a happy boy. He is watched like a hawk & both he & Kerensa are probably spoilt rotten. Dealing with how he was, of course he is. Again thank you ALL for everything..."

"Our Boy Rocco had to have an emergency spinal operation, It was the first time we ever left him overnight so we was nervous and emotional and away from home ourselves. Cave kept us updated as much as they could and they gave our Boy a whole new lease of life. He absolutely loved the staff too! Thank you so much guys."