Somerset veterinary practice boosts team of neurology specialists

Linnaeus-owned Cave Veterinary Specialists, near Wellington, has further expanded its specialist-led neurology team after adding a fourth diplomate to its ranks.

Newly-qualified European specialist Sabrina Gillespie joins Fran Taylor-Brown, Simon Bertram and head of service Tom Cardy. European and RCVS specialist in neurology Cardy said the hospital can now treat more cases each day and will see most emergency referrals within 48 hours. He added: “We are very pleased to have Sabrina join the neurology service at Cave, expanding our team to four European and RCVS-recognised specialists in veterinary neurology.

“Sabrina’s arrival, in conjunction with the installation of our new MRI scanner, means we can see most urgent neurology referrals within 24-48 hours in nearly all cases and increase the number of neurology cases we treat each day.”

Cave’s £1.2 million Philips Ingenia 1.5T Evolution offers cutting-edge MR imaging technology, with 50 per cent faster scans at a higher resolution than its previous MR system and shorter general anaesthetics for patients. It will also allow a more detailed and accurate diagnosis of complex neurological conditions.

Cardy added: “The MRI scanner is one of the most advanced imaging modalities for the nervous system, providing millimetre thick cross- sectional images of the brain and spinal cord, which is essential for both accurate diagnosis and treatment.

“All of our specialists are happy to discuss challenging cases on the phone with our referring vets and Sabrina’s skills and enthusiasm will continue to improve and diversify the service we offer. She trained at the Royal Veterinary College and is an excellent neurosurgeon and clinical neurologist so is a valuable addition to our highly motivated, highly qualified and talented team.”

Picture: Neurology specialist Sabrina Gillespie with imaging nurse Staci Finn and the new MRI scanner.

Published on page 26 of the August 2022 issue of RAD Magazine.

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