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Annette Wessmann

European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Annette Wessmann - Neurology
Annette Wessmann DrMedVet DipECVN PGCertAcPrac FHEA MRCVS Neurology

Annette 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 Referrals 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, which recently included some volunteering work in Ecuador, visiting friends all over the world. She also enjoys the outdoors, particularly rock climbing and swimming.


Tauro, A., Beltran, E., Cherubini, G.B., Coelho, A.T., Wessmann, A., Driver, C.J. and Rusbridge, C.J., 2018. Metronidazole‐induced neurotoxicity in 26 dogs. Australian veterinary journal, 96(12), pp.495-501.

Posporis, C., Wyatt, S. and Wessmann, A., 2018. Approach to canine paroxysmal dyskinesias. Companion Animal, 23(5), pp.276-281.

Gamito-Gómez A, Gutierrez-Quintana R, Wessmann A. “Congenital Malformations Resembling VACTERL Association in a Golden Retriever.” J Am Anim Hosp Assoc., J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2018; 54:60–64.

Posporis C, Grau-Roma L, Travetti O, Oliveira M, Polledo L, Wessmann A. “Meningeal carcinomatosis and spinal cord infiltration caused by a locally invasive pulmonary adenocarcinoma in a cat.” JFMS Open Rep. 2017 Nov 23;3(2):2055116917742812.

Wessmann A, Volk HA, Packer RMA, Ortega M, Anderson TJ. “Quality-of-life aspects in idiopathic epilepsy in dogs.” Vet Record 2016 Sep 3;179(9):229.

Grau Roma LG, Stephens A, Wessmann A, Carmichael N, de Brot S. “Alpha-chloralose poisoning in a cat”. Vet Rec Case Rep 2016;4:1.

Wessmann A, McLaughlin A, Hammond G. “Traumatic hyperflexion injury to the atlantoaxial joint in a 10 year-old cat.” J Feline Med Surg Open Reports 2015 1-4. DOI: 10.1177/2055116915589839

Espadas I, Chai O, Lindley S, Wessmann A. “Caudal lumbar disc disease presenting as ‘praying position’-like posture and gait.” Vet Record Case Reports 2015 Feb 03.

Mortera-Balsa V, Penderis J, Wessmann A, Gonçalves R, Lowrie M, Gutierrez-Quintana R. “Magnetic resonance imaging of the lentiform nuclei in dogs with portosystemic shunts.” J Small Anim Pract. 2015 May;56(5):307-11.

Joslyn S, Driver C, McConnell F, Penderis J, Wessmann A. “Magnetic resonance imaging of suspected idiopathic bilateral C2 hypertrophic ganglioneuritis in dogs.” J Small Anim Pract. 2015 Mar;56(3):184-9.

Gutierrez-Quintana R, Cuesta-Gracia N, Wessmann A, Johnston P, Penderis J. “Acute motor and sensory polyganglioradiculoneuritis in a cat: Clinical and histopathological findings.” J Feline Med Surg. 2015 Feb;17(2):191-4.

Wessmann A, Volk HA, Parkin T, Ortega M, Anderson TJ. “Evaluation of quality of life in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy.” J Vet Intern Med. 2014 Mar-Apr;28(2):510-4.

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 16(6) 532–535.

Wessmann A, Hennessey A, Goncalves R, Benigni L, Hammond G, Volk HA. “The association of middle ear effusion 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.” 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.” Vet 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.” J Small Anim Pract. 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.” Vet Radiol 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.” J Feline Med Surg. 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.” Vet Pathology. 2010 Aug; 39(3):358-364.

Gonçalves R, Johnston P, Wessmann A, Penderis J. “Imaging diagnosis—Canine meningioangiomatosis.” Vet Radiol 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.” J Am Vet Med Assoc. 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.” J Feline Med Surg. 2009 Aug;11(8):711-3.

Wessmann A, Chandler K, Garosi L. “Ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke in the dog.” The Vet J. 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.” J Vet Intern Med. 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.” Vet 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.” J Vet Intern Med. 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.” J Small Anim Pract. 2004 (45) 417-420.

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