A veterinary referral centre has extended its neurology and neurosurgery service in the south-west with the additions of expert staff and cutting-edge technology.

Salih Eminaga and Cave Veterinary Speclialist's newly installed MRI machine.
Salih Eminaga and Cave Veterinary Speclialist’s newly installed MRI machine.

Cave Veterinary Specialists referral centre, based near Taunton in Somerset, attracted three respected international specialists to its enhanced department:

  • European veterinary specialist in neurology Salih Eminaga
  • US specialist in diagnostic imaging Philip Strom
  • diagnostic imager Fernando Liste-Burillo

Along with the existing team, the trio will also be backed up by Cave’s investment in a Hallmarq PetVet 1.5 Tesla high-field MRI system – the only MRI system specifically designed for companion animals.

Growing demand

Tom Cave, specialist in small animal internal medicine and co-owner of Cave Veterinary Specialists, said: “Demand for our neurology and neurosurgery service has continued to grow over the past 12 months, but accepting emergency cases could be challenging, with visiting MRI for brains and spines only available once or twice a week.

“Now we have acquired our own on-site, high-field, veterinary-specific MRI scanner, we can expand to provide what we have wanted to do – a 24/7 neurology and neurosurgery service led by a European specialist in neurology and supported by recognised specialists in diagnostic imaging, anaesthesia and our superb nursing team.

“All these components are required to successfully support patients – particularly those that undergo brain and spinal surgery. Having a multidiscipline team that also covers orthopaedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine and oncology means we can also provide the highest level of care for patients with multiple problems such as trauma cases”.

Neurological emergencies

The extended neurology and neurosurgery service will be able to accept referrals or advise on cases including neurological emergencies – such as spinal trauma, head trauma, cluster seizure management and status epilepticus – spinal diseases, seizures and other paroxysmal diseases, inflammatory CNS diseases and brain tumours, for example.

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