A veterinary cardiologist diagnoses and offers treatment options for patients with heart disease. If your pet needs the expertise of a veterinary cardiologist, VRCC Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital provides the most comprehensive and compassionate cardiologic care available, six days a week, Monday through Saturday. The combination of non-invasive testing, a thorough medical history and a strong partnership with your veterinarian is what allows us to tailor a treatment strategy that ensures the best quality of life for your pet.
Our board certified cardiologists, Dr. Derek Hanes, Dr. Pamela Lee, Dr. Julie Martin, and Dr. Karen Sanderson are committed to providing the highest level of compassionate care to our cardiology patients and their families.
If your companion needs the expertise of a veterinary cardiologist, your veterinarian will guide you through the process of finding the specialist that is right for you.
We understand that caring for your loved one is a priority and can be very stressful. By using the most sophisticated, non-invasive diagnostics available, we are able to reach a diagnosis and treatment plan without causing significant stress to our patients.
VRCC Cardiology Offers:
Non-invasive diagnostics: echocardiography (including color/spectral doppler and tissue doppler imaging), EKG, blood pressure, digital radiography (x-rays), and Holter monitoring.
Interventional treatment for patients with congenital heart disease (PDA occlusion, balloon valvulplasty, etc.) and permanent pacemaker implantation.
A warm compassionate approach to cardiologic care for your pets.
An empathetic communication style among specialists and your family.
VRCC Cardiology strives to provide the most comprehensive care. Our team of cardiologists works together in the diagnosis and treatment of our most difficult cases. We pride ourselves in our care and compassion for our patients and their guardians as well as our ability to work with your veterinarian in the management of pets with heart disease.
VRCC cardiologists work with you and your veterinarian to combine a thorough history and physical exam with the results of non-invasive tests. Tests that may be performed are:
- Echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart)
- Electrocardiography (6 and 10 lead)
- Holter and Event monitoring
- Doppler Blood Pressure
- Digital Radiography
What is a veterinary cardiologist?
A veterinary cardiologist is a specialist in evaluating and diagnosing heart disease in your pet.
Veterinary cardiologists have advanced training in their specialty. They have completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery followed by a two year or three year residency program. Cardiology residency training programs are typically at universities and provide advanced study under the supervision of board certified cardiologists to include clinical cardiology, advanced cardiovascular physiology and pathology as well as research. Following the residency program, the candidate must take and pass a rigorous two day examination for board certification. When this is achieved, the candidate is awarded Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Cardiology.
What can our veterinary cardiologists do for your pet?
By using non-invasive tests to diagnose heart disease, VRCC cardiologists will work with you and your veterinarian to diagnose and plan a tailored treatment strategy to ensure the best quality of life for your pet.