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Veterinary Neurology Services

Across the Animal Referral & Emergency Network, we provide a comprehensive clinical neurology and neurosurgery service.

Our vets have extensive experience in performing brain and spinal surgery, including ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement, brain tumour removal, and decompressive spinal cord surgery.

Comprehensive services

Our neurology services include:

  • Advanced Diagnostic Imaging—Diagnosing neurological disease requires high quality diagnostic imaging. Many of our sites have access to a 1.5 Tesla MRI unit which supplies us with excellent images of brain and spinal cord conditions, as well as on-site slice CT scanner in addition to world class fluoroscopy and ultrasound capabilities.
  • Brain and Spinal Surgery—We have vets with extensive experience in all forms of spinal surgery, including decompressive techniques for intervertebral disc disease, ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery for hydrocephalus, and craniotomies (for anything from brain tumours, to abscesses, to brain biopsy). At VRH Dandenong, Dr Sam Long is recognised for his research into canine brain cancer, which he studied extensively as part of his PhD in Glasgow.
  • Peripheral nerve disorders—Our sites have access to electrodiagnostic facilities for the evaluation of conditions affecting nerves, muscle and neuromuscular junctions. We routinely perform EMG, nerve conduction studies and repetitive nerve stimulation, along with other tests important for diagnosing diseases which cause neuromuscular weakness in dogs and cats.
  • Epilepsy
  • Deafness testing—Our state-of-the-art facilities allow us to perform BAER (brain stem auditory-evoked responses), the only objective way of testing for deafness.


Advanced facilities

Our sites have access to advanced, state of the art facilities including:

  • Advanced imaging capabilities (on-site 1.5T MRI and CT scanner)
  • Aurgical facilities
  • Electrodiagnostics (EMG and NCV)
  • Hearing testing (BAER). 









Our Network

Our Animal Referral & Emergency Network is the largest specialty and referral network in Australia, consisting of more than 20 sites. With more than 1,200 dedicated team members, including approximately 600 nurses and almost 400 veterinarians (including specialists and registrars), we provide exceptional care for your pets. Count on us for expert medical attention and comprehensive veterinary services.