Nerve Conduction Velocity

This service is available at:
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) testing involves electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves, and recording the electrical response as the nerve impulse is transmitted down the nerve.  By analyzing the degree and type of electrical response, neurologists can better determine whether the nerve is conducting the impulses properly, and which part of the nerve (nerve fibers or myelin coating) is most likely affected.

In people, nerve conduction testing is done fully awake.  Since we cannot explain to animals that they might be a little uncomfortable, this procedure is performed under general anesthesia to prevent discomfort.

Nerve conduction testing is used in conjunction with electromyography and biopsy to help diagnose patients with neuromuscular disorders.

24 Hour Emergency & Specialty

Boston West Veterinary Emergency and Specialty

Natick, MA 01760


Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital

Latham, NY 12110


Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

Woburn, MA 01801


Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital

Portsmouth, NH 03801


General Practice, Emergency & Specialty

Bulger Veterinary Hospital

Lawrence, MA 01843
ER: 978.725.5544 GP: 978.682.9905