Your scheduled visit to the Neurology Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals will begin with your checking in at the reception desk. Following completion of a small amount of paperwork, you will be greeted in the waiting room by one or two students currently on their Neurology rotation, and brought with your pet to a private examination room.
The student(s) will then inquire about your pet's history. This experience is invaluable to the education and development of our students, and we appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing these future veterinarians to interact with you and your pet.
The student(s) will then excuse themselves with your pet to perform a physical and neurologic examination, and consult with a neurology resident and the Chief neurologist on service regarding their recorded history, examination findings, and recommendations for case management. A neurology resident will then accompany the student(s) back to your examination room and, after introducing themselves, will discuss their findings and recommendations for management of your pet's case.
Following this appointment, your pet may be discharged with you for either future diagnostic testing or for at home-care. Alternately, you may elect for your pet to stay at the CUHA for diagnostic testing and/or treatment. Given our schedule and, at times, interaction with other services’ schedules in the care of your pet, diagnostic testing may be performed either during the afternoon of your appointment or, at times, the following day. Tests requiring anesthesia, such as magnetic resonance imaging, are often performed the day after a pet’s appointment. Please understand that our primary concern is the well being of your pet and that, although we will always strive to minimize the duration of your stay, we do not wish to compromise patient care, and this may take some time.
If outpatient testing is performed, you will most commonly be asked to return to discuss our findings and recommendations with you following testing. At this time you will meet with the neurology resident and the student(s) who received you and your pet, and discuss their findings and therapeutic recommendations. In some cases, therapy will be in the form of medication that you can administer at home. In others, your pet may require hospitalization for care and/or diagnostics, and the rationale and logistics of this recommendation will be discussed in depth upon your return. In the event that your pet requires a surgical procedure, the rationale, logistics, and risks associated with the procedure will be discussed at this time.
You will also receive a written description of our discharge instructions, outlining our findings and recommendations in more vernacular terms, either at the time of your departure or within 24 to 48 hours after leaving the hospital. You may request to have your discharge papers prior to leaving the hospital. We will strive to make sure that we have answered any and all questions that you may have prior to your departure, but we are also available for questions following discharge, should these arise.
We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon!