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Department of Veterinary Sciences

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Neurological Disorders of Food Animals & Horses

Several faculty members in the department of veterinary sciences have a particular interest in neurological diseases of animals.  Diseases of the brain and spinal cord are not uncommon, and sometimes require special investigative approaches to characterize them.  The presence of rabies and chronic wasting disease in the state results in a steady flow of brains from animals, presenting opportunities to identify novel diseases.

Investigators: D. Montgomery, T. Cornish, D O’Toole


  • Baszler TV, Kiupel M, Williams ES, Gidlewski T, Montgomery DL, O'Rourke KI, Hall M 2005. Concordance of Ventana NexES and DakoCytomation Autostainer Universal Staining System for immunohistochemical diagnosis of scrapie in domestic sheep and chronic wasting disease in North American white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). J Vet Diagn Invest In press.

  • Kreeger TJ, Montgomery DL, Jewell JJ, Schultz W, Williams ES 2005. Oral transmission of chronic wasting disease in captive Shira's moose. J Wildlife Dis.  Submitted.

  • Berrocal A, Montgomery DL, Mackie JT, Storts RW: 2005, Primitive neuroectodermal tumor in the spinal cord of a Brahman crossbred calf. Vet Pathol.42(6):834-6.

  • O'Toole D, Montgomery DL, Steadman L, O'Rourke B, Russell W, Dennis J: 2005,  Status spongiosus of white matter in newborn Gelbvieh-cross calves. J Vet Invest. 17(6):546-553.

  • Berrocal A, Montgomery DL, Pumarola M: 2000, Leukoencephalitis and vasculitis with perivascular demyelination in a Weimaraner dog.  Vet Pathol. 37(5):470-2.

  • Storts RW, Montgomery DL: 2000 The nervous system.  In: Thomson’s Special Veterinary Pathology.  Eds. Carlton WW, McGavin DD, Zachary JF, 3rd ed.  Mosby Scientific, St Louis, MO

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