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The Equine Medical Center is ideally equipped with the following specialized facilities to manage the diagnosis, treatment, and care of horses with diseases affecting the nervous system.

  • Isolation unit
  • On-site diagnostic laboratory for rapid test results
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment
  • Padded stalls
  • Well-stocked pharmacy

Neurologic disorder symptoms

Equine neurological problems can manifest in a variety of ways:

  • Altered gait
  • Incoordination
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Seizures

Cases of neurologic disease

Neurologic abnormalities can arise from a number of causes, but are most commonly due to disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system caused by the following:

  • Wobbler disease (boney compression of the spinal cord)
  • Equine protozoal myelitis (EPM)
  • Central nervous system trauma
  • Botulism
  • Meningitis
  • Equine herpes virus
  • Myeloencephalitis
  • Hypoxic encephalopathy of neonates

Diagnosis and treatment

Early diagnosis and treatment are critical for many neurologic problems. Our experts diagnose these disorders through a comprehensive process that includes the following steps:

  • A physical examination
  • Routine laboratory and blood tests
  • Spinal fluid analysis
  • Computed tomography (CT) and/or radiographs of the head and neck

Appointments and referrals: 703-771-6800

To schedule an appointment, refer a patient, or inquire about our clinical services, please call 703-771-6800 or email

"Just Java" Neurologic Stall