Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Hospital Services
Companion Animal

Companion Animal
(607) 253-3060

Make an Appointment

  • The Neurology Service schedules initial appointments from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Recheck appointments are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Please call 607-253-3060 to make an appointment.
  • New York State Law requires a valid rabies certificate be presented upon arrival.
  • Please bring any pertinent medical records or have them faxed to 607-253-3788.
  • Please bring a copy of any pertinent imaging studies with you.
  • Payment is required at the time of service. (See Financial Info.)


To understand and treat your pet's master control unit

Neurologic conditions do not discriminate: they can steal the quality of life from people and our pets. Many of the same brain, spinal cord, nerve, and muscle problems that affect humans also prey on our companions. The underlying causes can result in a variety of conditions, including epilepsy, concussions, ruptured discs, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and brain tumors. Many of these conditions can be treated – some with drugs, others with surgery.

An animal's nervous system is responsible for sending, receiving, and processing nerve impulses throughout the body. All the organs and muscles inside your pet's body rely upon these nerve impulses to function, which is why some people liken the nervous system to a master control unit. Sense organs provide the nervous system with information about the environment by means of such senses as sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, pressure, and pain. Nerves are connected throughout the whole body to the brain. They carry the information throughout the body in the form of electrochemical signals called impulses. These impulses travel from the brain and spinal cord to the nerves located throughout the body. Veterinary neurologists at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals have trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles.

The Cornell University Hospital for Animals’ board-certified veterinary neurologists and neurosurgeons are experts in managing neurologic disorders. They have access to specialized equipment that includes an MRI and the most advanced CT scanner and work closely with specialists throughout the hospital to ensure comprehensive care, from diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation and post-operative care. Our state-of-the art diagnostics and imaging options enhance our abilities to diagnose difficult and complex diseases.

Advanced techniques:

  • MRI, CT (including 3-D image reconstruction), ultrasound
  • Electrodiagnostics for diagnosis of neuromuscular disease
  • Cerebrospinal fluid tap for the diagnosis of encephalitis, neoplasia
  • MRI-guided stereotactic brain biopsy (Brainsight)
  • CUSA Ultrasonic tissue ablation system for tumor excision
  • Intra-operative ultrasound
  • Muscle and nerve biopsy
  • Serology for diagnosis of auto-immune conditions such as masticatory myositis
  • Comprehensive treatment of non-infectious encephalitis, including administration of chemotherapeutics such as Cytosar
  • Pre- and post-operative treatment of refractory pain with intravenous infusion of fentanyl, dexmedetomidine, ketamine, and/or lidocaine
  • Spinal and intracranial surgery, including treatment of complex malformations/neoplasia