Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery

Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery

The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals has the largest and most advanced veterinary neurology and neurosurgery clinic in the UK, providing diagnostic services and treatments such as intracranial biopsies and hypophysectomies that few other centres in the world can offer. The team of veterinary neurologists works closely with our Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Service to ensure the best outcomes for dogs and cats.

Service information

Our team comprises four experienced veterinary neurologists, a number of veterinary specialists-in-training and a team of dedicated small animal neurology and physiotherapy nurses.

Diagnostic procedures are available for the investigation of spinal, intracranial and neuromuscular disorders. Surgical facilities are available for treatment of lesions in all three of these systems. The service’s caseload also includes the investigation and treatment of intervertebral disc disease, wobbler syndrome, neuromuscular disorders, intracranial neoplasia, inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system, spinal fractures and dog and cat seizures.

Our ultrasonic surgical system and facility for stereotactic brain biopsy allows us to offer cutting-edge neurosurgical care.

Pioneering canine epilepsy clinic

Our service has a particular interest and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of epileptic fits in pets. We have established a canine epilepsy clinic for dogs - the first such clinic in Europe.

Our pet neurology and veterinary neurosurgery specialists are supported by some of the most advanced equipment available, such as the Braisight 3-dimension stereotactic biopsy device

By investing in the latest equipment we offer safer and more effective treatments to our patients

For referring vets:

Referrals line:
+44 (0)1707 666365

Emergency referrals:
+44 (0) 1707 666399

Email: qmhreception@rvc.ac.uk

Key Clinicians

Clinician

Steven De Decker

Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery

Clinician

Holger Volk

Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery and Head of Department of Clinical Science and Services

Clinician

Elsa Beltran

Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery

Clinician

Joe Fenn

Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology

Clinician

Tom Cardy

Staff Clinician in Veterinary Neurology

Clinician

Abbe Crawford

Veterinary specialist-in-training

Clinician

Alexander Forward

Veterinary specialist-in-training

Clinician

Danielle Whittaker

Veterinary specialist-in-training

Clinician

Bodil Kock

Veterinary specialist-in-training

Clinician

Simon Bertram

Veterinary specialist-in-training

Clinician

Sara Shivapour

Veterinary specialist-in-training

Clinician

Sophie Wyatt

Veterinary specialist-in-training