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The Neurology/Neurosurgery Service (NNS) at the UC-Davis William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital provides specialized veterinary care for animals with neurological diseases. The NNS offers state-of-the-art consultative, diagnostic, and therapeutic services for a full range of neurological conditions, including (but not limited to):
The NNS is run by a team of five attending faculty veterinarians (all board-certified neurologists – i.e. specialists in neurology) and four residents specializing in the neurological diseases of animals. The NNS provides diagnostic testing, medical care, and surgery for dogs and cats, as well as a consultation service for horses, food animals, exotic species and laboratory animals.
The NNS provides 24 hour/7 day emergency care for animals with immediate neurological and neurosurgical needs.
The NNS works co-operatively with other specialty services within the VMTH (e.g., Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Diagnostic Imaging (radiology, ultrasound, CT, MRI, etc.), Anesthesia & Pain Management, Cardiology, Oncology, Internal Medicine, Surgery and Ophthalmology). The NNS also works closely with the Physical Rehabilitation Service, the Electrodiagnostic Laboratory, and the Neuromuscular Diseases Laboratory, of the VMTH.
This comprehensive team approach allows animals with neurological problems to receive optimal care throughout their hospital stay, and after they return home.