A Somerset animal hospital has further expanded its specialist-led neurology team after adding a fourth diplomate to its ranks.
Linnaeus-owned Cave Veterinary Specialists, near Wellington, has welcomed newly-qualified European specialist Sabrina Gillespie alongside Fran Taylor-Brown, Simon Bertram and head of service Tom Cardy.
Tom, a European and RCVS specialist in neurology, said Cave is now the biggest specialist-led neurology service in the South West and is on a par with some of the best in the UK.
He said the hospital can now treat even more cases each day and will see most emergency referrals within 48 hours.
Tom said: “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. This really sets Cave apart from our competitors.
“Sabrina’s arrival, in conjunction with the installation of our new state-of-the-art 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 new £1.2m Phillips Ingenia 1.5T Evolution offers cutting-edge MR imaging technology, boasting 50 per cent faster scans at a far higher resolution than its previous MRI and shorter general anaesthetics for patients.
It will also allow a more detailed and accurate diagnosis of complex neurological conditions.
Tom 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.
“Having such advanced equipment and facilities plus four recognised specialists means all our clients and their pets will see a vet with the highest level of training in veterinary neurology.
“It’s a dedicated team that is passionate about providing the best experience for our clients and providing the best care for their pets.
“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.”
Cave offers comprehensive, specialist-led services in anaesthesia, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, orthopaedic surgery and soft tissue surgery.