ABSTRACT: Cerebrospinal fluid is a highly specialised fluid that plays a key role in maintaining the health of the central nervous system. While collection is not without risk, the evaluation of this fluid can aid in diagnosing a variety of neurological conditions and gives a useful overview of the general status of the central nervous system. By understanding the risks of this procedure combined with correct handling, veterinary nurses are much better equipped to reduce complications whilst enhancing potentially critical patients’ recovery.


Emily M. Hooper, BSc (Hons) Cert VN ECC RVN

Emily completed her degree in Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at the University of Bristol in 2014. She worked at a first opinion practice in Bristol for 2 years before starting at North Downs Specialist Referrals as a rotating nurse in 2016, and in January 2019 she became a static neurology nurse. Emily completed her Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care from Vets Now and City & Guilds in 2018.

Email: ehooper@ndsrco.uk

Keywords: cerebrospinal; CSF; neurology; spinal cord; central nervous system;
epilepsy; meningitis; hydrocephalus

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 34 (10) • October 2019 pp255-259

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