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Neurology
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Neurosurgery at Willows

Willows is one of Europe’s leading small animal Neurology-Neurosurgery referral centres, treating over a 1000 patients a year. Our team of Neurology Specialists includes Specialists who have advanced experience in small animal neurology.

At Willows we are ‘Committed to Excellence’, through this our Neurologists are committed to excellence at every level with each and every patient they see and treat. The neurology-neurosurgery team at Willows are available to see cats and dogs with any neurological problems, including those referred for neuromuscular, spinal or brain diseases.
Many patients with neurological conditions need prompt investigation and treatment, and so we aim to see urgent neurological cases the same day, where required.
Our team of Specialists are also happy to provide telephone advice to Veterinary surgeons on the management of neurological cases.
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Neurosurgery at Willows
Willows is one Europe’s leading small animal Neurology-Neurosurgery referral centres, treating over a 1000 patients a year. Our team of Neurology Specialists includes Specialists who have advanced experience in small animal neurology.
At Willows we are ‘Committed to Excellence’, through this our Neurologists are committed to excellence at every level with each and every patient they see and treat. The neurology-neurosurgery team at Willows are available to see cats and dogs with any neurological problems, including those referred for neuromuscular, spinal or brain diseases.
Many patients with neurological conditions need prompt investigation and treatment, and so we aim to see urgent neurological cases the same day, where required.
Our team of Specialists are also happy to provide telephone advice to Veterinary surgeons on the management of neurological cases.
Many patients with neurological conditions need prompt investigation and treatment, and so we aim to see urgent neurological cases the same day, where required.
Our team of Specialists are also happy to provide telephone advice to Veterinary surgeons on the management of neurological cases.
What Can I Expect if my Pet is Referred to an Neurology Specialist?

The starting point for each patient referred to a Neurologist at Willows is a full consultation and discussion with the owner including a detailed neurological examination. Further investigations are often required, Willows has access to state-of-the art neuro diagnostic facilities including high field MRI scanning, CT scanning, EEG, electrodiagnostic testing and 3D printing when required.

What Can I Expect if my Pet is Referred to an Neurology Specialist?
The starting point for each patient referred to a Neurologist at Willows is a full consultation and discussion with the owner including a detailed neurological examination. Further investigations are often required, Willows has access to state-of-the art cardiac diagnostic facilities including high field MRI scanning, CT scanning, electrodiagnostic testing and 3D printing when required.

Fig 1: Brain surgery being performed by two of Willows’ Neurology Specialists
What are the Most Common Neurological Conditions?

Patients seen by our Specialist Neurologists include those with:

  • Seizures and other paroxysmal diseases: e.g. movement disorders, narcolepsy-cataplexy
  • Peripheral and central vestibular diseases: inner ear disease, dizziness etc.
  • Cranial nerves deficits: g. facial paralysis, trigeminal neuritis
  • Inflammatory central nervous system diseases: meningitis, myelitis and encephalitis (brain inflammation)
  • Spinal diseases: g. disc protrusion/extrusion (‘slipped disc’), syringomyelia, spinal malformations
  • Neuromuscular diseases: polyneuropathy (polyradiculoneuritis, endocrine neuropathy), junctionopathy (e.g. Myasthenia Gravis), myopathy (e.g. polymyositis, masticatory muscle myositis)
  • Neurological emergencies: spinal trauma, head trauma and status epilepticus (severe seizures or fits)
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What Facilities are Available at Willows?

The Neurology team at Willows is fully supported by our multidisciplinary team of Specialists including the Specialist Diagnostic Imaging team, and Specialists working in the Anaesthesia, Orthopaedic, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology and Soft Tissue Surgery teams. Our highly trained clinical support staff, including a dedicated Neurology Nurse, provide superb levels of nursing care for all patients. Neurological cases often require intensive care, our dedicated Intensive Care Unit at Willows is equipped to the highest levels, enabling the best possible care and management of such high-dependency cases.

At Willows we provide a full range of investigations, including on-site advanced imaging including; high field MRI scanner producing the highest quality diagnostic images, CT scanning allows evaluation of patients with spinal or head trauma and cerebro-spinal fluid analysis. In addition electro-diagnostic testing is available for neuromuscular disorders and DNA testing for inherited conditions as well as muscle and nerve biopsy where required.
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What Facilities are Available at Willows?
The Neurology team at Willows is fully supported by our multidisciplinary team of Specialists including the Specialist Diagnostic Imaging team, and Specialists working in the Anaesthesia, Orthopaedic, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology and Soft Tissue Surgery teams. Our highly trained clinical support staff, including a dedicated Neurology Nurse, provide superb levels of nursing care for all patients. Neurological cases often require intensive care, our dedicated Intensive Care Unit at Willows is equipped to the highest levels, enabling the best possible care and management of such high-dependency cases.

At Willows we provide a full range of investigations, including on-site advanced imaging including; high field MRI scanner producing the highest quality diagnostic images, CT scanning allows evaluation of patients with spinal or head trauma and cerebro-spinal fluid analysis. In addition electro-diagnostic testing is available for neuromuscular disorders and DNA testing for inherited conditions as well as muscle and nerve biopsy where required.

Meet Our Specialists

Sebastien Behr

DVM(Hons) DipECVN MRCVS

Head of Neurology

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Tom Shaw

BVetMed MA MRCVS DipECVN

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Lluis Sánchez

Ldo Vet, MRCVS, DipECVN

European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

James Elford

BVetMed MRCVS

Clinician in Veterinary Neurology

Cristoforo Ricco

DVM MRCVS

Clinician in Veterinary Neurology

Cristina Toni

DVM MRCVS

ECVN Resident in Veterinary Neurology

Neurology – Find out more

To assist owners in understanding more about Neurological conditions, investigations and treatment we have put together a range of information sheets to talk you through the some of the more common neurological conditions seen by our Specialists.