Referral Services – Neurosurgery

patients following spinal surgery often need intensive physiotherapy

Our surgical service is led by Damien Bush who has been taking neurosurgical referrals for over 20 years. He founded Downs Veterinary Referrals in 2003, and collaborates closely with our other surgeons and internal medicine colleagues to provide an efficient and adaptable service. Given our highly experienced nursing team, the comprehensive on-site diagnostic facilities, as well as the latest surgical equipment (including air tools and an extensive selection of implant systems) we are able to deal with a wide range of complex neurosurgical problems:


  • Intervertebral disc disease
    • Thoracolumbar
      • hemilaminectomy
      • corpectomy/ stabilisation
      • dorsal laminectomy
      • elective disc fenestrations
    • Cervical

      syringomyelia is common amongst Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

      • dorsal laminectomy
      • ventral slot
      • elective disc fenestrations
  • Caudal Cervical Spondylomyelopathy (Wobblers)
    • Continuous dorsal laminectomy
    • ventral distraction/ stabilisation
  • Developmental abnormalities (e.g. wedge/ block vertebrae)
    • Decompression/ stabilisation
  • Lumbosacral syndrome
    • Dorsal decompression/ facetectomy
  • Discospondylitis/ Empyema
    • Decompression/ omentalisation
  • Oncology
    • Tumour staging (MRI) resection/ palliative care


  • Oncology
    • Tumour staging/ resection
  • Syringomyelia assessment
    • Foraminal Decompression/ occipitoplasty
  • Septic meningoencephalitis
    • Decompression/ omentalisation
Read about our other referral services or for more information or to arrange a referral please contact us on 0117 962 2828.