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About Us | Neurology and Neurosurgery

The UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital's Neurology and Neurosurgery service treats animals for a variety of neurological conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. The service utilizes medical therapies and performs surgical procedures for the treatment of patients with neurological disorders. To make an appointment with this service, a referral from your veterinarian is required. Learn more about our appointment process

Some of the brain disorders treated by the veterinarians on the service include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Brain cancer/tumors
  • Ischemic infarcts (“strokes”)
  • Encephalitis (inflammation or infection of the brain)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Spinal cord disorders include:
  • Intervertebral disc herniation
  • Spinal cancers/tumors
  • Infarctions
  • Meningitis
  • Traumatic spinal injuries

Disorders that affect the nerves and muscle that they innervate include:
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Neuropathies
  • Inflammatory or infectious myopathies (muscle disease)

The Neurology and Neurosurgery service has two faculty neurologists, Dr. Simon Platt and Dr. Marc Kent, who are board-certified in neurology. There are also several residents and interns devoted to the neurology service (veterinarians pursuing specialized, advanced training in neurology and neurosurgery under the mentorship of the faculty), as well as several registered veterinary technicians.

Diagnosing the cause of a patient’s neurological signs as accurately as possible enables expert care and management of patients with the most current and appropriate treatment options available. Such care begins with having a complete neurological examination performed by the experienced veterinarians on the Neurology and Neurosurgery service. In most instances, further diagnostic tests include imaging procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT).

The Neurology and Neurosurgery service benefits from the ability to utilize a state of the art 3.0 Tesla MRI unit for imaging neurological patients. The MRI is performed by an expertly trained, licensed MRI technologist. In certain patients with nerve and muscle disorders, the service makes use of specialized equipment to perform electrophysiologic evaluation. Ultimately, all patients on the service enjoy the specialized expertise of veterinarians on the Neurology and Neurosurgery service that work in concert with the other services in the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital to ensure that the highest quality and compassionate care is provided.

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