Equine Neurology

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Neurological diseases of horses are seen commonly in equine practice. The range and variation of neurological diseases that affect horses are substantial and implications for survival, athletic function and prognosis similarly vary considerably. Neurological disease in horses may have traumatic, infectious, metabolic, degenerative, vascular, congenital, toxic and developmental causes. Consequently, it is important that horses with suspected or confirmed neurological disease undergo a thorough neurological examination and appropriate ancillary diagnostic testing, when indicated. Fortunately, many infectious agents capable of causing neurological disease in horses (and for certain pathogens, humans also) are not present in Australia and New Zealand. Conversely, there are some conditions which are more commonly or solely encountered in Australia (particularly in specific geographic areas), including bilateral stringhalt, ryegrass staggers, swainsonine poisoning, Birdsville horse disease and Hendra virus infection.

A comprehensive discussion of equine neurology is outside the scope of this paper; however discussion of the equine neurological examination and an update of specific neurological conditions of horses relevant to Australia will be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAustralian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Science Week 2012 -
Duration: 28 Jun 201230 Jun 2012


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Science Week 2012


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