The field of veterinary neurology is constantly growing.  Advancements in technology have aided neurologists in the localization of subtle lesions resulting in longer, healthier lives for pets. The neurologists at ChesterGates utilise high quality in-house veterinary MRI operated by highly trained and experienced staff.

ChesterGates Referral Hospital has an approved residency programme for the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology. The neurology team is very active and publishes many papers each year in referred journals.

Neurology services include:

Electrophysiology, muscle and nerve biopsy

  • Muscle disorders (muscle atrophy, muscle pain, paresis)
  • Electrophysiology suite to allow for the specialised work up of collapsed patients and patients with neuromuscular disease
  • Exercise intolerance (collapse, lethargy, paresis, regurgitating and voice change)
  • BAER hearing assessment


  • Lesion localisation
  • Neoplasm assessment
  • Identification of vascular accidents
  • Anomalies of the ventricular system
  • Arnold Chiari syndrome
  • GME assessment
  • Middle ear disease
  • Identification of structural abnormalities
  • Spinal disorders
  • Intracranial disease
  • Assessment of prolapsed intervertebral discs
  • Syringomyelia
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Reading and reporting on MRI scans

Epilepsy Clinic - The Silver Dougal of Sandown Centre

  • Complete epilepsy investigation including MRI
  • Electroencelography
  • Neurosurgery

    • Large experience and high success rate in brain surgery
    • Arachnoid cyst obliteration
    • Brain tumour excision
    • MR guided biopsy
    • Intracranial surgery
    • Shunt insertion surgery for hydrocephalus and syringomyelia 


    Spinal Clinic

    • Decompressive surgery
    • Ventral slots
    • Foramenotomy
    • Laminectomy and hemilaminectomy
    • Fracture stabilisation
    • Shunt surgery for syringomyelia

    Nursing and Rehabilitation

    • Specialised nursing team for the neurologic patients
    • Physiotherapy monitoring and bladder management of patients with neurological disorders
    • Physiotherapists and physio nurses with a high throughput of neurologic cases MRI Centre
    ChesterGates is a centre of excellence for veterinary MRI
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