U-Vet’s Neurology service provides a comprehensive diagnostic, treatment or surgery for your pet’s neurological condition. We routinely treat a range of
neurological conditions such as slipped discs, epilepsy, inflammatory brain disease and brain tumours to name a few. We use high quality, comprehensive
diagnostics with equipment such as CT MRI scanners to provide an accurate diagnosis for your pet to ensure that they get the right treatment for their
Meet the Team
DVM, Dip ECVN
Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology
Matthias graduated from the Ecole Vétérinaire d’Alfort (France) in 2006. Following awarding of his DVM, he completed a general rotating internship followed by a medicine internship in the same institution. He was then accepted to take a neurology residency program in the same institution which he completed between 2008 and 2011. During his time in Paris, he worked in a colony of dogs affected by canine muscular dystrophy. He was awarded the title of diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (DipECVN) by examination in October 2011. There are only 2 veterinarians holding this title in Australia.
Since then, he has been working as a lecturer in neurology and neurosurgery at The University of Melbourne. He provides lectures to students and clinical supervision for the residents. He also directly consults at U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital.
His field of interest are neuro muscular disease and their diagnosis via electromyography and nerve conduction studies, canine idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis (Coonhound paralysis) specifically. He also has strong interest in idiopathic epilepsy and non-infectious inflammatory disease of the central nervous system in dogs (meningo-encephalitis of unknown origin, granulomatous meningo-encephalitis and necrotising meningo-encephalitis) and optimising the treatment and follow-up of such conditions.
He has research programs on idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis in dogs, implantable EEG devices, meningoencephalitis of unknown origin and brain tumours of dogs and future perspectives in this field. He has been involved in new devices for the control of seizures in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy.
He has given talks in France, Great Britain, China and Australia and regularly publishes in the field of veterinary neurology.
He is an active member of the European College of veterinary Neurology.
Shasta is the surgery service co-ordinator for Small Animal Surgery Department. She brings a wealth of experience as a Registered Veterinary Technician in surgical and anaesthesia veterinary nursing. She gained her qualification in the USA and worked in similar roles at UC Davis in California and Massey University in New Zealand. Originally from Venezuela, she has contributed enormously to the coordination and smooth running of our surgery and neurology services.
Veterinarians wishing to refer cases for surgery should contact Shasta Mendez at (03) 9731 2000 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org