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At MissionVet Specialty & Emergency, our Neurology & Neurosurgery department has a profound understanding of the bond that exists between you and your pet. Veterinary neurologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disease processes affecting the brain, spinal cord, muscles and peripheral nerves. At MissionVet, we utilize advanced diagnostic modalities in order to accurately and most efficiently determine the cause of your pet’s seizures, back pain or inability to walk.

Our neurology team is available to evaluate, diagnose and treat your pet’s symptoms of neurologic dysfunction such as weakness, paralysis, back and neck pain, seizures, gait abnormalities, circling and balance disorders. We then develop a specialized treatment plan to provide the optimal care for the individual patient and family. We work closely with your pet’s primary care veterinarian to provide balanced and complete care.


The Neurology & Neurosurgery department offers a full complement of on-site neurodiagnostic testing including:

    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
      • Our 1.5 Tesla GE MRI unit provides high resolution, multi-plane images allowing us to visualize soft tissue structures including the nervous system that would otherwise not be visible with traditional radiography.
    • Computed Tomography (CT)
      • Our 16-slice helical CT scanner generates 3D images that provide our specialists precise, detailed and quick information that allows them to provide your pet the best diagnosis and treatment available.
    • Digital Radiography
  • Electrodiagnostic Procedures
    • Electromyography (EMG)
    • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) – Hearing Test
    • Nerve Conduction Velocity Testing

Patients evaluated by Mission Veterinary Neurology will be able to have diagnostic tests performed (most often MRI +/- spinal tap) followed by treatment in the very same facility. Eliminating the need for transport and reducing the length and number of anesthetic events will help maximize patient safety and comfort, regardless of underlying disease.

Our board-certified neurologist is trained in medical neurology and neurosurgery, and specializes in treating the following conditions:

  • Cervical and thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusions
  • Vertebral fractures/luxations
  • Atlantoaxial luxations
  • Decompression of vertebral column and spinal cord cancer
  • Lumbosacral decompression
  • Cervical stabilization (for Wobbler’s syndrome)
  • Spinal fracture stabilization
  • Inflammatory Disease (infectious and non-infectious meningitis)
  • Seizure diagnosis and treatment
  • Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain – MUO, NME, NLE and infectious disease)
  • Brain tumor diagnosis and surgery
  • Brain trauma
Infectious or immune-mediated disease including, but not limited to:

  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Masticatory Myositis
  • Polymyositis
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Chiari-like malformation
  • Syringohydromyelia

We believe that high caliber post-operative and medical intensive care is essential for ensuring the best outcome for your pet. MissionVet Neurology patients will be monitored and cared for by an experienced staff of veterinary technicians and veterinarians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What our clients say

I cannot say enough about the time Dr. Cooper spent with me, explaining my dog’s health issues in a patient and compassionate manner. I never felt rushed or that she had somewhere else she needed to be. She has a genuine bedside manner and also quickly responds to emails when I have concerns or questions.

In my experience, most well meaning businesses exhibit occasional hiccups in service, but I didn’t witness any with Mission. Everything was perfect. The building had very convenient spaces marked for patient parking (very important when you have a pet with a critical illness), the office was beautiful, the staff was very warm and friendly, Dr. Cooper was kind, compassionate and extremely thorough, and despite her stellar education and achievements, very down to earth.

Allie's Mom, Nancy
Far and away the Best visit I have ever had to an emergency/specialty veterinary hospital!
Munchkin's Mom, Linda
Dr. Cooper was very knowledgeable and understanding. We felt like we left our dog in very good hands.
Benji's Mom, Jean
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Cooper and her work! She did excellent work on my baby’s surgery, explained everything clearly, and got her home to me very quickly! The staff was equally helpful and caring.

I will be forever grateful for helping my little girl get better again. She was walking the day after her back surgery, and 2 days later she was her happy self again! The doctor and staff made my family whole and healthy again. Thank you!

Penny's Mom, Brittany
Dr. Cooper is my hero!! She is an awesome doctor as well as a super person!
Sam's Mom, Ashley
Dr. Cooper has always taken the time and care to attend to our dog’s needs and pet parent concerns. She has always made a stressful situation easier with her personality and attention to my dog.
Miles' Mom, Analinda
Dr. Cooper was warm, friendly and made us feel very comfortable with our decision to have surgery for our dog.
Mo's Dad, Cesar
We appreciated Dr. Cooper spending time with us in a very relaxed atmosphere. We had ample time to ask questions and learn how best to take care of Rocky.
Rocky's Mom, Barbara

I cannot thank Dr. Cooper enough for her help with Fiona. I would not hesitate to advise anyone needing an emergency vet or a specialist to see any of the Dr.’s here. We have a treatment plan in place and for the first time in months I feel like we have a handle on Fiona’s medical issues. What a relief.

Fiona Joy’s Mom, Marrilee

Both LilliBelle and my husband and I felt very at ease with all the staff. Yes, the prognosis wasn’t what we wanted to hear, but Dr. Cooper was absolutely awesome! We would highly recommend this clinic.

LilliBelle’s Mom, Laura

I would not hesitate to recommend MissionVet! Dr. Cooper did a great job on Kennedy’s back surgery. The whole staff did an exceptional job! 5 stars!

Kennedy’s Mom, Patricia

We arrived with fear and lots of questions and left feeling we are in good hands with Dr. Cooper and the team at MissionVet.

Bigzbys’ Mom, Donna

We recently saw Dr. Cooper for our young dog’s neurological problem. She and the staff were excellent in taking necessary steps to arrive at the diagnosis and in outlining the subsequent treatment options. She was professional, knowledgeable and personable. I feel that our pup was in very good hands and won’t hesitate to seek out her help if we have problems down the road.

Deb Eggers


Common examples of clinical signs in pets with neurological disease include:
• Seizures
• Abnormal behavior
• Balance problems
• Vision or hearing disturbances
• Difficulty walking or paralysis
• Back or neck pain
Yes. Please continue to administer all medications as prescribed on the morning of the appointment. We recommend withholding the morning meal on the day of the visit in case anesthesia for work-up or surgery is necessary. Please administer only enough food or pill pocket needed to administer any medications. Access to water is okay.
We recognize that whether or not to pursue a neurologic work-up can sometimes be a big decision for a family to make. We advocate early investigation so that we can provide the most accurate diagnosis and tailor the treatment to the pet so that he or she can have the best outcome possible.
  • Removal of disk material or spinal decompression to treat intervertebral disk herniation in the back or neck
  • Spinal fracture repair
  • Treatment of congenital neurological disease (atlanto-axial stabilization, foramen magnum decompression for Chiari-like malformation, abnormal spinal curvatures)
  • Spinal stabilization for cervical spondylomyelopathy (aka Wobbler’s disease)
  • Brain tumor removal or surgical biopsy
  • Spinal cyst removal/decompression
  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement
The tissues of the nervous system are hidden behind soft tissue and dense bone. Advanced imaging tools, such as MRI and CT, allow us to visualize these deep structures in order to determine the problem and what treatment or therapy your pet may need. These machines are very accurate and provide precise diagnostics that give us the most information possible to help your companion.
When performing an MRI or CT, each patient (human or animal) must be VERY still to obtain accurate images. Because we aren’t able to explain to our pets that they must be completely still during the imaging process, anesthesia is necessary to acquire exact appropriate imaging through an MRI or CT.

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