Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging is a pioneer of diagnostic imaging equipment, having pioneered the development of the world’s only MRI scanner for the standing horse. Building on the success of this unique product, Hallmarq more recently developed PetVet; a 1.5T veterinary specific high field MRI system designed with the companion animal rather than human patient in mind. The company also supplies and supports Canon Medical Systems (formerly Toshiba Medical) for the small animal veterinarian in the UK.

If you choose to go with Hallmarq for your diagnostic imaging equipment, the company’s team of experienced engineers will install the equipment in your practice and train you and your team how to use it. Hallmarq maintains a proactive online monitoring system and offer remote support in real time, ensuring that every system remains at optimum performance. Both equine and PetVet system uptime consistently runs above 99%.

Hallmarq serves an ethical profession, and from its foundation has aimed to improve animal welfare. The company has always been a business with strong values at the core of its decision making. They know that it is important to live these values both within the business and in our interactions with clients and suppliers.

The company designs and manufactures systems from its head office and factory located in Guildford in the UK, and has sales and service offices in Chicago, IL and Acton, MA in the USA, and Sydney, NSW, Australia.


Hallmarq will be sponsoring the Neurology Stream at Virtual Congress 2019:

Video tour of epileptic seizures and their mimics

Epileptic seizures are one of the most common neurological presentation in dogs and cats.  They can be generalized or partial depending on the brain being affected on both sides from the start or only in one specific area respectively.  Although increasingly being recognized, paroxysmal dyskinesias (PDs) are often poorly characterised in the veterinary literature and are commonly mistaken for an epileptic seizure, both by owners and by vets. PDs are episodic movement disorders in which abnormal movements are present only during attacks. Between attacks, dogs are neurologically normal and there is no loss of consciousness during the attacks, though some dogs find the episodes disconcerting and do not respond normally. The attacks can last anything from a few minutes to a couple of hours and can sometime occur in clusters. Dogs and people with PD are therefore often misdiagnosed as having unusual epileptic seizures (in some types of seizure, the patient remains conscious – as in an attack of PD). Correct identification of the exact nature of the paroxysmal event is therefore fundamental. This presentation will illustrate with video examples the difference between PD and other paroxysmal neurological events such as epileptic seizures as well as current recommendations in term of diagnostic investigations and management.

Learning objectives

  1.     Knowing common features of generalized tonico-clonic epileptic seizures
  2.     Being familiar with various types of partial epileptic seizures
  3.     Being able to differentiate an epileptic seizure from paroxysmal dyskinesia
  4.     Being familiar with common breed-related paroxysmal dyskinesia
  5.     Being familiar with management of paroxysmal dyskinesia


How I manage canine and feline epilepsy

Epileptic seizures are aetiologically categorised as idiopathic, symptomatic or reactive.  Idiopathic epilepsy is the most common cause in dogs and cats.  The main aims of antiepileptic treatment are to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures while minimising potential side effects and optimising the owner’s and dog’s quality of life.  Most epileptic dogs and cats are treated pharmacologically successfully for life with phenobarbitone.  However, about 20 – 30% of treated dogs are reported to either be poorly responsive to first line anti-epileptic drug and/or suffer unacceptable side effects and toxicity.  In patients with apparent refractory epilepsy, it is essential to search for errors in diagnosis or management that may be responsible for treatment failure.  This presentation will discuss the why, when, what and how of first line anti-epileptic treatment as well as differences between cats and dogs.  In the second part, we will propose a step-wise approach to suspected refractory epileptic patients.

Learning objectives

  1.     Knowing when to suspect idiopathic epilepsy in dogs and cats
  2.     Knowing common causes of epileptic seizures in dogs and cats
  3.     Being familiar with first line anti-epileptic treatment in dogs and cats
  4.     Knowing differences in the use and side effects of phenobarbitone between dogs and cats
  5.     Developing rational approach to refractory epilepsy
  6.     Being familiar with commonly use add-on and off license anti-epileptic drugs used in dogs and cats


How do I investigate and manage cervical pain in young dogs?

Neck pain is common sign of spinal disease in dogs and can be due to multiple causes. Diagnosis involves the use of imaging, CSF tap and systemic investigation. Treatment needs to be specific for the disease itself and can be medical or surgical, as well as symptomatic aiming to relive the pain. In this session, we will review the most common causes of neck pain in dogs, how to diagnose the specific conditions and how to directly and symptomatically manage the conditions.

5 learning objectives

  1. What are the main differentials for neck pain in young dogs
  2. How do i treat discospondylitis
  3. How do i diagnose steroid responsive meningitis
  4. How to I treat GME when it causes neck pain
  5. What is the prognosis with spinal tumors causing neck pain


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