Top new specialists and MRI scanner for South West based veterinary referral centre

It’s an exciting start to the year for Cave Veterinary Specialists, the established veterinary referral centre based near Taunton, Somerset, with a significantly extended Neurology and Neurosurgery service already up and running.  The enhanced department has recently attracted three new, respected, international specialists in the field – Salih Eminaga (DVM GPCert (SAS) DipECVN MRCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Neurology);  Philip Strom (DVM, DACVR, MRCVS, American Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging) and Fernando Liste-Burillo (DVM, MSc, PhD) - Diagnostic Imager.  Along with the excellent existing team, the three new veterinary surgeons, will be backed up by Cave’s investment in a brand new Hallmarq PetVet 1.5 Tesla high field MRI system, the only MRI system specifically designed for companion animals.

Tom Cave - BVSc MSc (Clinical Oncology) DSAM MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine – co-owner of Cave Veterinary Specialists explained “Demand for our neurology and neurosurgery service has continued to grow over the past 12 months but accepting emergency cases could be challenging with visiting MR imaging for brains and spines only available once or twice a week. Now that we have acquired our own on-site high field veterinary specific MR scanner we can expand to provide what we have wanted to do: a 24/7 neurology and neurosurgery service led by a European specialist in neurology and supported by recognised specialists in diagnostic imaging, anaesthesia, and our superb nursing team. All these components are required to successfully support patients particularly those that undergo brain and spinal surgery. Having a multidiscipline team that also covers orthopaedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and oncology means we can also provide the highest level of care for patients with multiple problems such as trauma cases”.

The extended Neurology and Neurosurgery service will be able to accept referrals or advise on cases including neurological emergencies such as spinal trauma, head trauma, cluster seizure management and status epilepticus; Spinal diseases; Seizures and other paroxysmal diseases; Inflammatory central nervous system diseases and brain tumours for example.


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Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging is the pioneer of species-specific MRI diagnostics, being the sole global manufacturer of MRI systems specifically designed for companion animals and horses. The Hallmarq team has decades of experience in the design and manufacture of global clinical, research and industrial MRI systems for a range of applications. The company initially revolutionized the diagnosis of equine lameness with the development of the only standing MRI for horses before applying its expertise to small animal diagnostics. Established in 2001, Hallmarq's mission is to improve the safety, accuracy and cost-effectiveness of MRIs, making them affordable and profitable to veterinary clinics worldwide.