Having a neurological pet can be a very scary and stressful experience. Often this happens suddenly, and immediate veterinary attention is needed.
The VRCCO Neurology team is here to support your family in a kind and compassionate way so that you can better understand what your pet is going through.
Additionally, research and innovations are very important to our team. We strive to be in the forefront of veterinary neurology so that your pet can get the best care possible. The team is dedicated to providing continuing education lectures both locally and nationally so that we can continue to educate and advance veterinary neurology.
As board-certified neurologists, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders involving the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. We work collaboratively with our regional primary and specialty care, so that we can all partner together to improve your pet’s quality of life and long term outcome.
Our neurology team offers both medical and surgical neurology for dogs and cats.
- Atlantoaxial luxation/instability
- Brain and spinal tumors
- Caudal occipital malformation syndrome (COMS)/syringomyelia
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Fibrocartilagenous emboli (FCE)
- Head and spinal trauma
- Intervertebral disk disease
- Lumbosacral disease
- Myasthenia gravis
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Skull and spinal fractures
- Strokes (cerebral vascular accident)
- Subarachnoid diverticulum
- Vertebral malformations and associated spinal stenosis
- Vestibular disease (balance problems)
- Wobbler syndrome
Our team is dedicated to providing your pet with the best diagnostic and treatment options in our state-of-the-art facility.
- Thorough neurologic examination and assessment
- Brain and spinal imaging with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT)
- Cerebrospinal fluid collection
- Electrodiagnostics – electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV)
- Hearing test with BAER
- Epilepsy/seizure management
- Intervertebral disk surgery
- Skull fracture repair
- Spinal stabilization for fracture and luxation
- Spinal stenosis repair and decompression
- Spinal tumor removal/biopsy
- Brain tumor removal/biopsy
- Suboccipital craniectomy/foramen magnum decompression
- muscle and nerve biopsies
VRCCO Neurology Team is now offering transsphenoidal hypophysectomy surgery for pituitary tumors in cats and dogs. Dr. Chen-Allen has been part of the Washington State University Pituitary Surgery Team for the last 10 years, which is recognized both nationally and internationally for their work. She has also contributed to numerous publications on this subject and will continue her pituitary work thru VRCCO. She is excited to bring this advancement to Central Oregon as there are currently only a two centers in the country offering this novel surgical procedure.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to allow for check-in and to give your pet extra time to become more comfortable at our hospital.
After your pet is checked in, the technician will take your pet to the exam room where their weight and vital signs (temperature, pulse, and respiratory rate) will be checked and a history will be obtained. The doctor will then review any medical records provided by your family veterinarian and complete an examination of your pet.
We will reach out to your referring veterinarian to request medical records. Please bring copies of any medical records, x-rays and current medications. Please bring the bottles with the prescription label.
The doctor will then review any medical records provided by your family veterinarian and complete his/her exam of your pet. The doctor will discuss his/her findings and any recommended diagnostics or treatments.
Please help yourself to a complimentary beverage and snack while waiting in our lobby. We also have complimentary WIFI available for our clients.
A treatment plan will be provided for any recommended diagnostics and/or treatments. An initial payment will be required for any procedure, surgery, or diagnostic work-up over $600. We gladly partner with CareCredit and Scratchpay to offer financing services to our clients. Please ask our team for more details. We are also happy to assist with submission of pet insurance claims to your pet’s insurance provider. We provide a 10% discount for pet parents in military service.
We accept cash, VISA, Mastercard, Discover, CareCredit and Scratchpay. Personal checks and American Express are not accepted.
Dr. Annie Chen-Allen DVM, MS, Dip ACVIM NEUROLOGY
Dr. Annie Chen-Allen is the first board-certified veterinary neurologist in Central Oregon. She received her degree in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University, and completed a small animal rotating internship along with a neurology residency at Washington State University.
While in her residency, she also obtained a master’s degree. Because of her love for teaching and research, Dr. Chen-Allen stayed on as a faculty neurologist at Washington State University for the last 17 years. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications and has been invited to speak at conferences both nationally and internationally. She has also received multiple teaching awards. She loves sharing her passion for neurology to other veterinarians, students, technicians, staff, and pet parents. She hopes to continue to provide continuing education lectures throughout the Pacific Northwest.