Skip to Primary Content

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital (MVRH)

Dog Laying on its back on Grass Looking at Camera


Our pets can experience many of the same neurological problems as humans. Our neurologists will work with you and with your family veterinarian to provide the specialized care your pet needs.

If you believe your pet is having a neurological issue, please go straight to an emergency room. Time is of the essence with many neurological conditions, particularly anything involving partial or complete paralysis.

Dogs and cats can experience many of the same brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular problems as humans. These types of disorders fall within the the specialty of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, and include epilepsy, ruptured vertebral discs, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, brain tumors, and more. Although neurological disorders may cause great distress for pets and owners, many problems can be treated very successfully.

Diagnosis and treatment of a neurological disorder can be complex and challenging. Primary care veterinarians often work with our board certified veterinary specialists in managing disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular systems.

Our neurologists work in conjunction with your family veterinarian to provide the care your pet needs. They are experts in managing disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular system. Our team has a wide array of advanced diagnostic modalities at their disposal to assist in the accurate diagnosis of your pet’s neurologic symptoms, including an MRI scan, CT scan, myelography, spinal fluid analysis, and muscle and nerve biopsies.

The neurosurgeons at Mass Vet have extensive training in all types of neurosurgery, including laminectomy, ventral slot decompression, cauda equina surgery and craniotomy.

Neurology Services

  • Comprehensive Neurological Examination

  • Brain Surgery

  • Spinal Surgery


  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Analysis (Spinal Tap)

  • Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

  • Muscle & Nerve Biopsy

  • Myelography

  • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV)

Some commonly diagnosed neurological disorders include:

  • Seizures

  • Vestibular Disease

  • Encephalitis

  • Strokes

  • Brain Tumors

  • Head Trauma

  • Congenital Anomalies

  • Paralysis

  • Neuromuscular Disorders (Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy)

  • Atlantoaxial Instability

  • Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)

  • Diskospondylitis

  • Syringohydromyelia

  • Degenerative Myelopathy

  • Spinal Tumors

  • Spinal Fractures

Meet Our Neurologists