Neurology - Referral
The neurology and neurosurgery service is staffed by a European Board-certified neurologist and sees a wide range of patients by referral. We liaise closely
with the Hospital’s small animal medicine, small animal surgery, and diagnostic imaging services to provide a complete referral service.
We provide a comprehensive range of diagnostic services including EMG, nerve conduction studies, brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) testing to diagnose deafness, comprehensive muscle and nerve biopsy procedures, and on-site CT MRI scanning to complement more traditional techniques such as myelography.
In addition, a fully-equipped surgical suite enables us to perform sophisticated neurosurgical procedures, including spinal surgery, brain surgery and the placement of ventriculoperitoneal shunts for the treatment of hydrocephalus, when necessary.
Some of the conditions treated routinely by the service include: intervertebral disc disease (slipped discs), epilepsy, inflammatory brain diseases, Wobbler’s syndrome, degenerative myelopathy and brain tumours.
Our research staff interests include the treatment of epilepsy, the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours, the development of minimally invasive brain surgery techniques, syringomyelia and degenerative myelopathy.
Meet the Team
DVM, Dip ECVN
Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology/ Head of Neurology (Acting)
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
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.
Lorena graduated from the University of Murcia (Spain) in 2010. Following some time in general practice, she moved to the UK where she developed
a special interest in Veterinary Neurology. From 2012 to 2013 she completed a general rotating internship at the Southern Counties Veterinary
Specialists. To continue her training she completed a second internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Health Trust in
2013-2014. Lorena joined the U-Vet hospital at the University of Melbourne in February 2015 in order to start her Neurology/Neurosurgery residency
training programme by the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN). Her main clinical and research interests are brain diseases and
acute polyradiculoneuritis in dogs.
Stacey graduated from the University of Sydney in 2011 and spent her first few years as a vet working in small animal practice in an animal shelter,
and then in private practice. Following this, she studied an MSc in Applied animal behaviour and animal welfare at the University of Edinburgh
before returning to Australia and completing a rotating internship in small animal medicine & surgery at the University of Sydney Veterinary
teaching hospital which she completed in 2015.
In 2016 Stacey started as a resident in veterinary neurology & neurosurgery at U-Vet. She has a particular interest in canine and feline epilepsy, and in inflammatory brain diseases.
When not at the hospital, she enjoys exploring the sites of Melbourne and surrounds, and enjoying the delicious food and coffee that the city has to offer.
Simon graduated with a Bachelors of Veterinary Science (with merit) from the University of Sydney in 2012. He worked as a primary care veterinarian
in the northern suburbs of Victoria for 3 years before moving back to Sydney to complete a surgery internship at the Animal Referral Hospital.
Following this he moved interstate once again to follow his passion for neurology and began a neurology internship at the University of Melbourne.
He was accepted as a Neurology resident in 2017 and has begun his training at the University of Melbourne veterinary teaching hospital along
with two other neurology residents and under the tutelage of Dr Matthias Le Chevoir. His current research project is based on non-infectious
inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system in dogs and is looking to find ways of individualising treatment and preventing future
relapses of these diseases.
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