Over the years, the general level of love, care and the highest degree of knowledge of all of the staff has been invaluable comfort and it’s wonderful that Cave care so much about the human family members as well.

Wayne Cullen
Neurology & Neurosurgery

Neurology & Neurosurgery

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

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

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.

Most recently 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 are supported by a compassionate team of qualified veterinary nurses, physiotherapists and patient care assistants 24 hours a day.



Spinal Cord Neuromuscular System
  • 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
  • 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
  • Polyradiculoneuritis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Masticatory myositis
  • Polymyositis
  • Endocrine polyneuropathy
  • Tetanus

Fran and Tom are happy to discuss any neurology cases or potential referrals so please feel free to give them a call on 01823 653510.

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