Listed below are some of the excellent neurology textbooks that are currently available. This list is certainly not everything available or even what is in my library, but it shows my favorite and most-used textbooks.

Clinical neurology & neurosurgery

A Practical Guide to Canine & Feline Neurology

Editor: Curtis W. Dewey
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

NeuroPetVet comments: This book remains a staple in my neurology library. The book is written in outline format, which took a bit of getting used to for me. Once I started ignoring the outline and just read it as any other textbook, it quickly became my favorite neurology textbook. The book is laid out in a manner very similar to how I think and teach clinical neurology. The book begins with chapters describing the neurological exam, neurolocalization, and neurodiagnostics. Neurologic diseases are then divided into chapters based on anatomic locations or problems, such as seizures, hearing and balance, encephalopathies, myelopathies, neuropathies, etc. Each chapter follows the DAMNIT-V scheme. Diseases are then presented alphabetically within each subcategory. The book also has chapters on rehabilitation and the best all-in-one source of neurotoxicology information. The 3rd edition has a large number of high-quality images, illustrations, and anatomical drawings.

Handbook of Veterinary Neurology

Editors: Michael D. Lorenz, Joan R. Coates, Marc Kent
Publisher: Saunders Elsevier

NeuroPetVet comments: The Handbook of Veterinary Neurology is an excellent, easy-to-read reference to have in your library. This book covers a wide range of species, including companion animals, food and fiber animals, and equine. It was one of the two books that I read for “large” animal neurology when studying for boards. In addition to the standard chapters on neurological exam, localization, and diagnostics, this book contains chapters on disorders of micturition, pain management, and care of the neurologic patient. Neurologic diseases are presented according to a problem-based approach to veterinary neurology based on localization/clinical signs rather than by established diagnosis. Chapters include Paresis of One LimbPelvic Limb Paresis, Paralysis or AtaxiaBlindness, Anisocoria, and Abnormal Eye MovementsStupor or Comaand several others.

Seizures in dogs and cats

Author: Sean Sanders
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell

NeuroPetVet comments: This is the only veterinary textbook whose sole purpose is to discuss seizures in veterinary medicine. From the Amazon website: “The book begins with chapters on the history, biology, and classification of seizures, then covers diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment, emergencies, and complementary medicine.  Unique chapters cover client communications and potential future directions of the field.  Seizures in Dogs and Cats puts all the information needed to manage seizures in the veterinary clinic at your fingertips.”

Small Animal Neurological Emergencies

Editors: Simon Platt & Laurent Garosi
Publisher: Manson Publishing

NeuroPetVet comments: This is one of the newer entries in my veterinary neurology library and is a great book to have in the emergency department. The book is divided into four parts. Part I is dedicated to admission & initial evaluation of neurologic patients, including emergency neurological exam, respiratory & cardiovascular support, metabolic evaluation of critically ill neurologic patients, and imaging of neurologic patients. Chapters in Part II is a problem-based approach to patients, such as seizures, acute blindness, head tilt and nystagmus, and others. Part III covers specific emergencies, such as cerebrovascular accidents, head trauma, and spinal trauma. Part IV covers specific management issues, such as emergency neuroanesthesia, analgesia, post-operative care and rehabilitation, and fluid therapy.

Small Animal Spinal Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment

Editors: Nicholas J.H. Sharp & Simon J. Wheeler
Publisher: Elsevier Mosby

NeuroPetVet comments: This is the only spinal neurosurgery textbook in veterinary medicine and it’s an excellent resource for any clinician performing spinal surgery. The book discusses all aspects of neurosurgical spinal disorders and provides step-by-step guidance with intra-operative photos of the more common surgeries performed in veterinary neurology.


Fundamentals of Canine Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology

Editor: Etsuro E. Uemura
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell

NeuroPetVet comments: Fundamentals of Canine Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology is the newest neuroanatomy textbook available. The book is written by a neuroanatomist primarily for veterinary students, but is an excellent reference for neurology residents and other clinicians with an interest in neuroanatomy.

Physiological and Clinical Anatomy of the Domestic Mammals: Volume 1: Central Nervous System

Author: Anthony S. King
Publisher: Blackwell Science

NeuroPetVet comments: This is the book that I used to study neuroanatomy for the neurology certification exam. One of the primary reasons that I like this book is that it breaks down individual tracts into their component neurons and describes their location and projections. Unfortunately, this book is out of print and somewhat hard to find, but I recommend getting one if you can find an inexpensive copy.

Veterinary Neuroanatomy: A Clinical Approach

Editors: Christine Thomson & Caroline Hahn
Publisher: Saunders Ltd.

NeuroPetVet comments: Veterinary Neuroanatomy: A Clinical Approach is one of the few neuroanatomy textbooks available and is a great book to have in the library for students and clinicians alike. The book is written by two veterinary neurologists and focuses on functional neuroanatomy as it relates to clinical disease in animals.

Veterinary Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neurology

Editors: Alexander de Lahunta, Eric N. Glass & Marc Kent
Publisher: Saunders Elsevier

NeuroPetVet comments: Veterinary Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neurology is a must-have in any clinician’s library. Dr. de Lahunta (“D”) wrote the book on veterinary neuroanatomy. This book is the go-to source for neuroanatomy. The book also includes a great deal of clinical neurology information that is often presented in a case-based format.


Veterinary Neuropathology

Editors: Brian A. Summers, John F. Cummings, Alexander de Lahunta
Publisher: Mosby

NeuroPetVet comments: This book sets that bar for veterinary neuropathology textbooks. It provides detailed descriptions of the pathology of numerous neurological disorders in all animal species. Unfortunately, it was only published once in 1995 and has not been updated. As a result, it’s difficult to find at a reasonable price. But, if you come across an inexpensive copy, don’t think, buy it!

Veterinary Neuropathology: Essentials of Theory and Practice

Editors: Marc Vandevelde, Robert Higgins & Anna Oevermann
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

NeuroPetVet comments: This is the most recent veterinary neuropathology textbook and includes up-to-date pathological descriptions of neurological disorders. While not quite as in-depth as the book above, it is still an excellent neuropathology textbook and is a must have for neurology and pathology residents.

Neuro imaging

Atlas of Small Animal CT and MRI

Authors: Erik Wisner & Allison Zwingenberger
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

NeuroPetVet comments: This is a diagnostic imaging guide describing CT and MRI of dogs and cats. It contains numerous high-quality CT and MRI image and emphasizes comparative imaging and correlation to pathology.

Practical Small Animal MRI

Authors: Patrick R. Gavin & Rodney S. Bagley
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

NeuroPetVet comments: This book is written by a veterinary radiologist (Gavin) and veterinary neurologist (Bagley), both of whom previously worked at Washington State University, the first veterinary hospital in the world that had an in-house MRI unit. As such, the authors are amongst the most experienced clinicians in veterinary neuroimaging.