Neurology & Neurosurgery

Neurology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the nervous system; the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. This encompasses such common problems as epilepsy, meningitis, intervertebral disc disease and cerebellar ataxia.

A board certified neurologist is trained in state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques. They will utilize advanced imaging such as CT or MRI scans to look at the structure of the nervous system. With electrodiagnostic tests, a neurologist can examine the function of the nervous system, particularly the peripheral nerves and muscles. Spinal fluid analysis provides them with clues to infectious diseases and/or inflammatory such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Your neurologist will also be able to provide the latest in treatment for your companion. Most veterinary neurologists are also trained in neurosurgery. Some limit their practice to the medical aspects of neurology and work with a general surgeon on cases requiring surgery. Either way, they are trained to provide the highest quality care to a pet with neurological disease.

Please call to see when Dr. Kay is available.



William Kay Jr., VMD, DACVIM


Three Generations of Helping and Healing

Hickory Veterinary Hospital was founded in 1956 as a team of professionals committed to excellence in animal care. Our continued goal is to deliver the highest quality of veterinary medicine to our patients.