Helena Rylander, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)


Department of Medical Sciences
Office: 3158

Helena Rylander, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Titles and Education

  1. Swedish Veterinary degree at the University of Agricultural
    Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, 1990

  2. Private practitioner in referral practices in Sweden, 1990-2000

  3. Residency in neurology/neurosurgery, Davis, CA, 2000-2003

  4. Diplomate ACVIM (neurology), 2003

  5. American DVM (ECFVG), 2007

  6. 2014 Certificate in Neurosurgery


Dr. Rylander is interested in clinical research in neurologic patients specifically patients with brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular problems. She is also interested in electro diagnostics in neuromuscular disease.


Dr. Rylander's responsibilities include but are not limited to: teaching clinical neurology in classes as well as in the clinic and teaching communication & critical care of neurologic patients.

Clinical Interests

Clinical interest include spinal surgery, electrophysiology, and diagnostic imaging.

Recent Publications

  1. Rylander H. The neurologic examination. Today’s veterinary practice.Jan/Feb 2013.
  2. Hardefeldt, L. A., Rylander, H., Iskandar, B. J., Ellison, M., & Peek, S. F. (2012). Diagnosis and surgical treatment of an intracranial cyst in an alpaca cria. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association240(12), 1501–1506. https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.240.12.1501
  3. Rylander H. Vestibular syndrome. What’s causing the head tilt and other neurologic signs? Veterinary Medicine July 2012; 316-322.
  4. Jones AM, Bentley E, Rylander H. Cavernous sinus syndrome in dogs and cats: case series (2002-2015). Open Vet J. 2018;8(2):186-192. doi:10.4314/ovj.v8i2.12
  5. Snow R, Mans C, Rylander H. Neurological examination in healthy chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera). Laboratory Animals. 2017;51(6):629-635. doi:10.1177/0023677217698000
  6. Finnerty KE, Barnes Heller HL, Mercier MN, Giovanella CJ, Lau VW, Rylander H. Evaluation of therapeutic phenobarbital concentrations and application of a classification system for seizures in cats: 30 cases (2004-2013). J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2014;244(2):195-199. doi:10.2460/javma.244.2.195
  7. McBride R, Rylander H, Lyman D. Fibrocartilaginous embolic encephalopathy of the cerebellum and brainstem in a cat. Open Vet J. 2018;8(4):489-492. doi:10.4314/ovj.v8i4.22
  8. Lucidi CA, Shaffer KS, Rylander H, Fazio CG, Kuzma C, Friedrichs KR. Pathology in practice case report. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2018; 253: 1277-1280.
  9. Sheehan NK, Rylander H, Christensen N, Nafe LA. Meningeal dissemination of a pituitary carcinoma to the cauda equina in a dog. Can Vet J. 2017;58(8):839-841.
  10. Rylander, H., Eminaga, S., Palus, V., Steinberg, H., Caine, A., Summers, B. A., Gehrke, J., West, C., Fox, P. R., Donovan, T., & Cherubini, G. B. (2014). Feline ischemic myelopathy and encephalopathy secondary to hyaline arteriopathy in five cats. Journal of feline medicine and surgery16(10), 832–839. https://doi.org/10.1177/1098612X14520810
  11. Delamaide Gasper, J. A., Rylander, H., Mans, C., Waller, K. R., 3rd, & Imai, D. M. (2014). Surgical management of vertebral synovial cysts in a rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association244(7), 830–834. https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.244.7.830
  12. Thurber, M. I., Mans, C., Fazio, C., Waller, K., Rylander, H., & Pinkerton, M. E. (2015). Antemortem diagnosis of hydrocephalus in two Congo African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) by means of computed tomography. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association246(7), 770–776. https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.246.7.770