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Department:  Neurology/Neurosurgery

Annette Wessmann

European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology


Annette WessmannAnnette graduated in Hanover, Germany in 2000 followed by completion in 2002 of a doctoral thesis in “Hereditary Ataxia in the Jack Russell Terrier”.  Annette moved to the UK shortly afterwards and undertook a residency at the Royal Veterinary College in veterinary neurology, and has since been awarded the European Diploma in Veterinary Neurology.

She has since worked as a small animal neurologist at a referral centre, and as a senior lecturer in veterinary neurology at the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.  Annette joined the referral team at Pride Veterinary Centre in March 2013 and is enjoying developing the neurology/neurosurgery service.

Annette regularly presents at the Annual Symposium of the European College of Veterinary Neurology and gave CPD presentations at the Scottish BSAVA.

Annette’s areas of clinical interest are neurosurgery, rehabilitation in small animals following spinal cord injury, and the quality of life aspect in epileptic dogs and their owners caring for a dog with epilepsy.

Outside of work, Annette likes travelling to foreign countries, which recently included some volunteering work in Ecuador, visiting friends all over the world, and enjoys the outdoors, particularly rock climbing and swimming.


Gutierrez-Quintana R, Cuesta-Gracia N, Wessmann A, JohnstonP, Penderis J. Acute motor and sensory polyganglioradiculoneuritis in a cat: Clinical and histopathological findings. J Feline Med Surg. 2014 Apr 29. [Epub ahead of print]

Wessmann A, Volk HA, Parkin T, Ortega M, Anderson TJ.Key questions for evaluation of quality of life in canine idiopathic epilepsy.2014 Mar-Apr;28(2):510-4.

Gamito-Gómez A, Gutierrez-Quintana R, Wessmann A. Congenital Malformations Resembling VACTERL Association in a Golden Retriever. JAAHA, accepted December 11th, 2013.

Gutierrez-Quintana R, Hammond G, Wessmann A. Ventral occipito-atlanto-axial fluid-filled lesion causing dynamic spinal cord compression in a cat. J Feline Med Surg. 2014, Vol. 16(6) 532–535.

Wessmann A, Hennessey A, Goncalves R, Benigni L, Hammond G, Volk HA. The association of middle ear effsuion with trigeminal nerve mass leesions in dogs. Vet Record.2013 Nov 9;173(18):449.

Gutierrez-Quintana R, Carrera I, Dobromylskyj M, Patterson-Kane J, Ortega M, Wessmann A. Pituitary metastasis of pancreatic origin in a dog presenting as acute onset of blindness. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2013 Nov-Dec;49(6):403-6.

Rutherford L, Wessmann A, Rusbridge C, McGonnell IM, Abeyesinghe S, Burn C, Volk HA. A questionnaire based behaviour analysis of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with neuropathic pain due to Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia. Veterinary Journal 2012 Dec;194(3):294-8.

Gutierrez-Quintana R, Edgar J, Wessmann A, Cherubini GB, Penderis J. The cutaneous trunci reflex as a localising and grading tool in dogs with thoracolumbar spinal cord disease. Small Animal Practice May 2012 Aug;53(8):470-5.

Ortega M, Goncalves R, Haley A, Wessmann A, Penderis J. Spondylosis deformans and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) resulting in adjacent segment disease in eight dogs.Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound 2012; Mar-Apr;53(2):128-134.

Gutierrez-Quintana R, Lindley S, Sullivan M, Penderis J, Wessmann A. Dorsal spinous process impingement syndrome (“Kissing Spine”) in a cat: imaging appearance and surgical management. Journal of feline medicine and surgery 2011 Aug;13(8):618-21.

Wessmann A, Volk HA, Chandler K, Brodbelt D, Szladovits B. Significance of surface epithelial cells in canine cerebrospinal fluid and relationship to central nervous system disease. Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 2010 Aug; 39(3):358-364.

Gonçalves R, Johnston P, Wessmann A, Penderis J. Imaging diagnosis—Canine meningioangiomatosis. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound. 2010 Mar-Apr;51(2):148-51.

Lowrie M, Carrera I, Trevail T, Wessmann A. What is your diagnosis? Hansen type 1 intervertebral disc disease. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2009 Oct 1;235(7):823-4.

Lowrie M, Wessmann A, Gunn-Moore D, Penderis J. Quadrigeminal cyst management by cystoperiotoneal shunt placement in a 4-year-old Persian cat. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 2009 Aug;11(8):711-3.

Wessmann A, Chandler K, Garosi L. Ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke in the dog. The Veterinary Journal (2008) 2009 Jun;180(3):290-303.

Wessmann A, Volk HA, Shelton GD, Chandler KE, Baines S, Cappello R. Portosystemic shunt associated with severe episodic weakness. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2006) Jul-Aug;20 (4) : 1042-4.

Wessmann A, Lu D, Lamb CR, Smyth B, Mantis P, Chandler K, Boag A, Cherubini GB, Cappello R. Brain and spinal cord haemorrhage associated with Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in four dogs. The Veterinary Record (2006) Jun 24; 158 (25):858-63.

Wessmann A, Goedde T, Fischer A, Wohlsein P, Hamann H, Distl O, Tipold A. Hereditary Ataxia in the Jack Russell Terrier – Clinical and Genetic Investigations. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2004) Jul-Aurg;18(4):515-21.

Cherubini GB, Cappello R, Lu D, Targett M, Wessmann A, Mantis P. MRI findings in a dog with discospondylitis caused by Bordetella species. Journal of Small Animal Practice (2004) 45, 417-420.

Gruber AD, Wessmann A, Vandevelde M, Summers BA, Tipold A. Mitochondriopathy with regional encephalic mineralization in a Jack Russell Terrier. Veterinary Pathology (2002) Nov; 39(6):732-6.

Wessmann A, Distl O, Goedde T, Fischer A, Demierre S, Tipold A. Hereditary Ataxia in the Jack Russell Terrier – preliminary results. Kleintierpraxis 46 (2001) 65-70.

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