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Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Simon R. Platt

BVM&S, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Diplomate ECVN, FRCVS RCVS Recognized Specialist of Veterinary Neurology
Professor of Neurology

Educational Background

​Dr. Simon Platt received his veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1992, following which he undertook an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and a 2 year period in private practice in the England. Dr. Platt completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery in 1998 at the University of Florida and afterwards spent 2 years as an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Georgia. In 2000, Dr. Platt returned to the UK where he was Head of the Neurology/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Health Trust until 2006, from which time he has been at the Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia where is currently a Professor.  Dr. Platt received the AAVC National resident of the year award in 1998, the BSAVA Blaine award for outstanding contributions to small animal medicine and surgery in 2005, the UGA Clinical Research Award in 2010, the David Tyler Award for Innovative Teaching in 2012 and 2017, College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Award in 2013 and 2018 and the University of Georgia Creative Teaching award 2018. Dr. Platt was made a fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2018. Dr. Platt has authored or co-authored over 200 journal articles and 50 book chapters and is the co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology and the Manual of Small Animal Neurological Emergencies. Dr. Platt is Past-President of the ACVIM Neurology Specialty and Founder member of the South Eastern Veterinary Neurology (SEVEN) group in the USA. Currently, Simon serves as Editor in Chief of the NAVC journal Today’s Veterinary Practice.

Research Interests

  • ​Ischemic disease of the CNS (canine stroke)
  • Canine brain tumors
  • Epilepsy


  • David Tyler Award for Innovative Teaching, UGA, 2012
  • Clinical Research Award, UGA, 2010
  • BSAVA Blaine Award for Outstanding Contributions to Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2005
  • ​AAVC National Resident of the Year, 1998

Selected Publications

Lau VW, Platt SR, Grace HE, Baker EW, West FD. Human iNPC therapy leads to improvement in functional neurologic outcomes in a pig ischemic stroke model. Brain Behav. 2018 Apr 18;8(5):e00972. doi: 10.1002/brb3.972. eCollection 2018 May. PubMed PMID: 29761021; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5943801.

Freeman AC, Platt SR, Holmes S, Kent M, Robinson K, Howerth E, Eagleson J, Bouras A, Kaluzova M, Hadjipanayis CG. Convection-enhanced delivery of cetuximab conjugated iron-oxide nanoparticles for treatment of spontaneous canine intracranial gliomas. J Neurooncol. 2018 May;137(3):653-663. doi: 10.1007/s11060-018-2764-1. Epub 2018 Jan 19. PubMed PMID: 29350351.

Aldawsari MF, Lau VW, Babu RJ, Arnold RD, Platt SR. Pharmacokinetic evaluation of novel midazolam gel formulations following buccal administration to healthy dogs. Am J Vet Res. 2018 Jan;79(1):73-82. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.79.1.73. PubMed PMID: 29287157.

Baker EW, Platt SR, Lau VW, Grace HE, Holmes SP, Wang L, Duberstein KJ, Howerth EW, Kinder HA, Stice SL, Hess DC, Mao H, West FD. Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neural Stem Cell Therapy Enhances Recovery in an Ischemic Stroke Pig Model. Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 30;7(1):10075. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-10406-x. PubMed PMID: 28855627; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5577218.

Rosselli DD, Platt SR, Freeman C, O’Neill J, Kent M, Holmes SP. Cranioplasty Using Titanium Mesh After Skull Tumor Resection in Five Dogs. Vet Surg. 2017 Jan;46(1):67-74. doi: 10.1111/vsu.12577. Epub 2016 Nov 2. PubMed PMID: 27805731.

Woolcock AD, Wang A, Haley A, Kent M, Creevy KE, Platt SR. Treatment of canine meningoencephalomyelitis of unknown aetiology with mycophenolate mofetil and corticosteroids: 25 cases (2007-2012). Vet Med Sci. 2016 Feb 10;2(2):125-135. doi: 10.1002/vms3.22. eCollection 2016 May. PubMed PMID: 29067186; PubMed CentralPMCID: PMC5645855.

Platt S, Hicks J, Matiasek L. Intracranial Intra-arachnoid Diverticula and Cyst-like Abnormalities of the Brain. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2016 Mar;46(2):253-63. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2015.10.004. Epub 2015 Dec 17. Review. PubMed PMID: 26704659 Boozer LB, Platt SR, Haley AC, Linville AV, Kent M, Barron LE, Nie B, Arnold RD. Pharmacokinetic evaluation of immediate- and extended-release formulations of levetiracetam in dogs. Am J Vet Res. 2015 Aug;76(8):719-23. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.76.8.719. PubMed PMID: 26207970.

Hicks J, Platt S, Kent M, Haley A. Canine brain tumours: a model for the human disease? Vet Comp Oncol. 2017 Mar;15(1):252-272. doi: 10.1111/vco.12152. Epub 2015 May 18. Review. PubMed PMID: 25988678.

Freeman AC, Platt SR, Kent M, Huguet E, Rusbridge C, Holmes S. Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia in American Brussels Griffon dogs. J Vet Intern Med. 2014 Sep-Oct;28(5):1551-9. doi: 10.1111/jvim.12421. Epub 2014 Aug 21. PubMed PMID: 25145262; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4895564.

Beltran E, Platt SR, McConnell JF, Dennis R, Keys DA, De Risio L. Prognostic value of early magnetic resonance imaging in dogs after traumatic brain injury: 50 cases. J Vet Intern Med. 2014 Jul-Aug;28(4):1256-62. doi: 10.1111/jvim.12368. Epub 2014 May 9. PubMed PMID: 24814522; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4857941.

Platt SR, Holmes SP, Howerth EW, Duberstein KJJ, Dove CR, Kinder HA, Wyatt EL, Linville AV, Lau VW, Stice SL, Hill WD, Hess DC, West FD. Development and characterization of a Yucatan miniature biomedical pig permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion stroke model. Exp Transl Stroke Med. 2014 Mar 23;6(1):5. doi: 10.1186/2040-7378-6-5. PubMed PMID: 24655785; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3977938.

Duberstein KJ, Platt SR, Holmes SP, Dove CR, Howerth EW, Kent M, Stice SL, Hill WD, Hess DC, West FD. Gait analysis in a pre- and post-ischemic stroke biomedical pig model. Physiol Behav. 2014 Feb 10;125:8-16. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2013.11.004. Epub 2013 Nov 25. PubMed PMID: 24286894.

Freeman AC, Platt SR, Vandenberg M, Holmes S, Kent M, Rech R, Howerth E, Mishra S, O’Brien DP, Wenger D. GM2 gangliosidosis (B variant) in two Japanese Chins: clinical, magnetic resonance imaging and pathological characteristics. J Vet Intern Med. 2013 Jul-Aug;27(4):771-6. doi: 10.1111/jvim.12118. Epub 2013 Jun 3. PubMed PMID: 23731274.

Platt S, Nduom E, Kent M, Freeman C, Machaidze R, Kaluzova M, Wang L, Mao H, Hadjipanayis CG. Canine model of convection-enhanced delivery of cetuximab-conjugated iron-oxide nanoparticles monitored with magnetic resonance imaging. Clin Neurosurg. 2012;59:107-13. PubMed PMID: 22960522; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3473085.

Monteiro R, Adams V, Keys D, Platt SR. Canine idiopathic epilepsy: prevalence, risk factors and outcome associated with cluster seizures and status epilepticus. J Small Anim Pract. 2012 Sep;53(9):526-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2012.01251.x. Epub 2012 Jul 26. PubMed PMID: 22835069.

Zhao Q, Wang L, Cheng R, Mao L, Arnold RD, Howerth EW, Chen ZG, Platt S. Magnetic nanoparticle-based hyperthermia for head & neck cancer in mouse models. Theranostics. 2012;2:113-21. doi: 10.7150/thno.3854. Epub 2012 Jan 15. PubMed PMID: 22287991; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3267386.

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