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At Southeast Veterinary Neurology (SEVN), our veterinary neurologists use the most advanced diagnostic and surgical equipment to treat our patients' neurological conditions. First, we conduct an in-depth account of each pet’s problem and perform a full examination. This includes a neurological examination where we evaluate the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. While physical and neurological exams can answer some questions, a definitive diagnosis depends on what our diagnostic tools reveal.


Most of the conditions we evaluate require advanced imaging to accurately diagnose our patients. Our state-of-the-art equipment includes the most powerful MRI machines for animals, a multi-slice CT scanner, an ultrasonic aspirator for brain tumor removal, and tools to evaluate hearing and check for muscle and nerve disease.

Some of our diagnostic services include:

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • CT (computed tomography or CAT scan)
  • Spinal Radiography (X-rays)
  • CSF Analysis (cerebrospinal fluid analysis)
  • EMG (electromyography)
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • BAER (brainstem auditory evoked response) Hearing Test
dog at physical therapy session


Neurological conditions can look scary. But even symptoms that look dramatic can improve with proper treatment. Once a diagnosis is reached, we can recommend the most appropriate treatment approach for your pet’s condition.

Neurological treatment options include:

While some conditions and pets are best treated conservatively, other cases will need surgery. We use a Carl Zeiss neurosurgical operating microscope and/or surgical loupes for all neurosurgical procedures. This equipment provides better visualization and magnification compared to the naked eye. We have completed thousands of neurosurgical procedures with a success rate of over 95%.

Some of the neurosurgical procedures we perform include:

  • Spinal Surgery
    • Intervertebral Disc Surgery
    • Stabilizations (atlantoaxial, lumbosacral, fracture)
    • Cyst Resection
    • Tumor Removal
  • Brain Surgery
    • Tumor Removal and Biopsy
    • Foramen Magnum Decompression
    • VP Shunt Placement
  • Nerve and Muscle Biopsy
neurosurgical procedure