Neurology and Neurosurgery
A veterinary neurologist has undergone specialized education and has passed a national board examination conducted by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). While some neurologists are purely medical in practice, most, including Dr. Clarke, also perform surgery.
The field of neurology encompasses disorders of the central nervous system, being the brain and spinal cord, as well as the peripheral nervous system, consisting of nerves and their junction with muscles and other organs. Signs of neurologic disease are varied, but include:
- Neck or back pain
- Abnormal gait
- Difficulty walking/Falling
- Behavioral changes
At VRCC we have the ability to perform basic diagnostics such as, bloodwork, radiographs, and ultrasounds, as well as more advanced diagnostics including MRI, CSF analysis (spinal taps), and electrodiagnostic testing (electromyogram, nerve conduction, brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER)).
The costs for all recommended testing and treatment will be reviewed with you before we proceed. Depending on the tests recommended for your pet, MRI's are scheduled either the same day of your appointment or the following day. At discharge, every owner is given a document detailing the findings of the neurologic exam, results of tests and procedures performed, and a plan for treatment and for recheck evaluations.