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Specialists involved in the production of this website:

Mr S. Platt BVMS MRCVS DipACVIM(Neurology) DipECVN RCVS, European and ACVIM Specialist in Veterinary Neurology, Associate Professor at University of Georgia.


Simon Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 at which time he undertook a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Guelph in Canada. After spending two years in small animal practice in the UK, Simon began a three-year residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Florida where he was the recipient of the American Association of Veterinary Clinician’s Residency Award. From 1998-2000, he was assistant professor of Neurology / Neurosurgery at the University of Georgia. Until December 2006 he was head of the Neurology / Neurosurgery unit at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. In 2005 he was awarded the BSAVA Blaine award for outstanding achievements in veterinary medicine. Since 2007 he has been back at the University of Georgia in the Neurology service and is a full professor. Simon is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Neurology and of the European College of Veterinary Neurology and a RCVS recognized specialist in Neurology. He is currently president of the ACVIM Neurology specialty and co-editor of the BSAVA manual on canine and feline neurology and the new Small Animal Neurological Emergencies manual.


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Dr L. Garosi DVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Neurology


Laurent Garosi is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN) and RCVS/European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology.  He is currently company director and head of the neurology/neurosurgery service at Davies Veterinary Specialists, England.  In 2012, Laurent opened a dedicated feline neurology service which is the first of its kind in Europe.  His main clinical and research interests are cerebrovascular diseases, neuroimaging and feline neurology.  Laurent has published widely in the field of neurology and is a regular speaker on the national and international continuing education circuit.  He has been president of the ECVN, past chief examiner of the ECVN examination committee and was co-editor, with Simon Platt, of a textbook on Small Animal Neurological Emergencies.

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Clare Rusbridge BVMS PhD DECVN MRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Neurology


Clare Rusbridge graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1991 and following an internship at the University of Pennsylvania and general practice in Cambridgeshire, she completed a BSAVA/Petsavers Residency and was Staff Clinician in Neurology at the Royal Veterinary College. She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 1996 and a RCVS Specialist in 1999. In 2007 she was awarded a PhD from Utrecht University for her thesis on Chiari-like malformation & Syringomyelia - a painful disease occurring in some toy breed dogs. For 16 years she operated a neurology and neurosurgery referral service at the Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital in Wimbledon.  In September 2013 Clare joined Fitzpatrick Referrals and the University of Surrey where she is continuing her clinical and research work. Her professional interests include neuropathic pain, inherited diseases, epilepsy and rehabilitation following spinal injury. She treats many animals with painful and/or distressing inherited disease which motivates her research aiming to find a better way of diagnosing, treating and preventing these conditions. In 2011 she was awarded the BSAVA J. A. Wright (a.k.a. James Herriot) Memorial Award by The Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity for her work with the Cavalier King Charles spaniel society with regard to syringomyelia.  Clare is the veterinary advisor for the Phyllis Croft Foundation for Canine Epilepsy and is a frequently invited international lecturer in the veterinary and human medicine fields and has authored or co-authored many journal articles and book chapters, and acts as a reviewer for a number of journals.

Fraser McConnell BVMS CSAM DVR DipECVDI MRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging


Fraser McConnell qualified from Edinburgh University in 1993, and obtained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology from practice in 1998. He moved to The University of Cambridge where he studied at the Cambridge Veterinary School for 18 months obtaining the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 1999 and the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Radiology in 2000. From 2001 to 2006 he worked as a clinical radiologist at the Animal Health Trust and gained his diploma from the ECVDI in 2003. During this time Fraser gained extensive experience in small animal MRI and neuroimaging. Fraser joined The University of Liverpool as senior lecturer in veterinary diagnostic imaging and head of the imaging service in November 2007. Fraser’s clinical and research interests include all aspects of small animal MRI and neuroimaging. He regularly lectures and publishes on small animal MRI and neuroimaging.  Fraser is a RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and is director of AVDIS a veterinary teleradiology company specialising in MRI and CT reporting.




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