Neurology & Neurosurgery Services
The neurology & neurosurgery service at Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve diseases, such as disc herniation, spinal fractures, and brain tumors, and more. In addition to conventional therapies, we have access to many state-of-the-art treatments, some of which are being discovered here at Purdue.
If you are seeking clinical care for a pet with a neurological problem, please call the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital at (765) 494-1107. In case of after-hours emergencies, please call the closest veterinary emergency center or call us at (765) 496-1107. The neurology service sees routine appointments on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays and performs surgery and other procedures on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Emergency cases are also evaluated daily.
Neurology patient, Griffen, zooming around outside in his cart. He herniated a disc in his back causing severe spinal cord injury for which he had surgery at Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital. While he has not recovered function in his back legs, he and his owner, Dr. Amy Wozniack, have many adventures with his cart.
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Conditions Treated and Procedures Offered
Common procedures in dogs and cats include MRI and CT of the brain and spine, brain and spinal surgery, spinal fluid taps, seizure therapy and in-patient care of neurological patients. Additional capabilities include electrodiagnostics including hearing tests (BAER), brain wave assessment (EEG) and evaluation of peripheral nerve and muscle function (EMG, nerve conduction studies, repetitive stimulation, etc.). The neurology & neurosurgery service deals with emergencies including paralysis and severe seizures every day of the week. Patients recovering from spinal surgery are co-managed with the Physical Rehabilitation Service.
- Surgical Conditions
- Brain Tumors
- Disc Herniation
- Spinal Fractures
- Special Equipment/Technology
- Access to both 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla MRI Units
- Image Guided Brain Biopsy
Research Interests and Clinical Trials
Dr. Bentley has established a canine brain tumor research program involving clinical trials for dogs with brain tumors, improved MRI diagnosis, and collaboration with brain tumor researches from across the Purdue Campus and at the IU School of Medicine.
Dr. Lewis’s main research interests include neurotrauma and neuroimaging with a focus on acute and chronic spinal cord injury in dogs. Her research involves developing novel clinical and imaging techniques to improve diagnosis and recovery from severe spinal cord injury. We are currently enrolling trials in dogs with spinal cord injury.
Dr. Thomovsky’s research interests include post-operative neurologic patients, novel anti-convulsant therapies, and movement disorders.
Clinical trials are used to determine the safety and/or effectiveness of the new healthcare options. A clinical trial is research which tries to answer specific questions about drugs or new therapies in patients. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to investigate new ideas and find treatments that work. Learn more about Current clinical trials at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
More on our research efforts:
- Canine Brain Tumor Treatment and Brain Tumor MRI Research Program
- Canine Glioma Surgery
- Center for Paralysis Research
The MRI images across the top of this page are from Anchor, a special patient who came to the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2016 with a tumor growing deep inside her spinal cord. This challenging tumor was successfully removed with no tumor present on MRIs immediately after surgery (image 1), or later at three months following the surgery (images 2-4). Learn more about Anchor’s amazing story, her intense training as a water rescue dog, and her incredible journey to Purdue.