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Job Opportunity at Highcroft Referrals, Bristol (UK) - 31 March 2016

We are hiring a second Cardiology Diplomate or Residency-trained Cardiologist at Highcroft Referrals, a forward thinking and ambitious private referral practice in Bristol, United Kingdom. 

The successful applicant would be working alongside me in a busy clinic - we currently see about 450 cases a year and are expanding. We operate an interventional cardiology and interventional radiology service, performing on average one case every 10 days. Our team includes Diplomates in surgery, medicine, ECC, ophthalmology, zoological medicine, imaging and we also have a dedicated anaesthetist. There is a great, family atmosphere here: we are well supported and are encouraged to provide CPD for external providers, take part in clinical research projects, and teach our team of interns and visiting vet students. Please see the attached document for further details. 

We are also hiring in other disciplines (including internal medicine and ophthalmology) so if you wanted to bring a friend/partner, there may be a position for them too! 

Thanks for reading, please contact me for any further info (kieran.borgeat@highcroftvet.co.uk) or email chris.gudge@highcroftvet.co.uk with a CV and covering letter to submit an application. Visitors to the practice are always welcome.

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Diuretic use survey : Oyama and Summerfield - 23 February 2016

 Results of the 2015 Cardiologists' Diuretic Use survey can be found here, for your interest.

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Cardiologist Required - 13 January 2016

We are seeking an experienced cardiologist to support and expand our cardiology team of two cardiologists and two nurses. The successful applicant will hold, or be studying for, a European Diploma (or equivalent) and had significant exposure to all types of cardiology cases and interventional procedures. They should also share our aim of providing the best possible levels of care for clients, their pets and for referring veterinary surgeons.

Our growing service sees over 500 new cases per year. Interventional procedures include pacemakers, balloon dilation and PDA closure, in addition to more complicated cardiac interventions, performing on average two cases per week. We have a new digital high-resolution high-frame rate Phillips C-arm, with carbon fibre C-arm table. Images are networked to the PACs system, accessible from any workstation PC. We also provide a daily interpretation service for ECGs, thoracic radiographs and echocardiographic images submitted by post or via the internet.

Willows has been providing a specialist-level referral service for over 25 years and attracts referrals from a wide catchment area. The practice has outstanding state-of-the-art facilities which are complemented by an excellent team of support staff, giving our clinicians the opportunity to concentrate on their clinical caseload and to work in a pleasant, supportive and good-humoured atmosphere. Willows is accredited by Investors in People at the extended Silver level, and we are dedicated to providing excellent working conditions, care and support for all of our 160+ personnel.

The cardiology team members work closely together and also alongside our other specialist-led teams in the disciplines of anaesthesia, medicine, neurology, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology and diagnostic imaging. This truly multi-disciplinary specialist service allows our cardiologists to offer the best levels of patient and client care, whatever the problem may be.

This position will be very well remunerated, and the package includes six weeks paid holiday and two weeks funded CPD.

Willows is located in the heart of England within easy reach of Birmingham, Birmingham Airport, London and the national rail and motorway networks, and is only a short drive away from historic Stratford upon Avon, Warwick and beautiful Warwickshire countryside.

To learn more about Willows please see our Cardiology Specialist page:

If you would like to discuss this vacancy further in the first instance, please call or email:
Mike Martin (
Chris Linney (
from our specialist Cardiology team on 0121 712 7070.


Ideal Opportunity for a Budding Cardiologist: Canterbury - 12 January 2016

At Barton Veterinary Hospital, in the beautiful historic city of Canterbury, Kent, we are looking for a budding cardiologist to join our team.  We are a recently refurbished veterinary hospital well equipped with a Vivid S6 ultrasound scanner, Digital radiography, Endoscopy, Operating microscope, full in-house Laboratory etc.   We have a long history of taking referral cases (especially in Ophthalmology. Cardiology, Internal Medicine and Orthopaedics), but we are also a first opinion practice.  The practice has been established for well over a century. We benefit from hosting Vets Now Emergency service for the local area, which means, no OOH duties and we can be sure that hospitalised patients are well looked after by professional staff when we are not here. We  have a radioactive treatment facility of feline hyperthyroidism.

Two of the first RCVS Certificate holders in the UK gained their certificates here, and a long and quite illustrious line of veterinary clinicians have worked here in the past. One of our number, Rob Thomas, who has worked in the practice for 40 years is retiring, so we are looking to find an  innovative and enthusiastic vet with some experience to try to fill his shoes.  Other vets who work in the practice all have, or are working towards, post-graduate qualifications. So this is a stimulating environment. We try to practice to an exceptionally high standard. You will be working alongside experienced clinicians and in particular would be expected to be supervised by Dr Chris Little BVMS PhD, DVC, MRCVS. You would be expected to have, or to work towards, post-graduate qualification(s).
Further details of the post and an application form can be found on the internet www.cvsukltd.co.uk/careers

New VCS committee 2015 - 03 December 2015

At the AGM in November 2015, we said farewell to the previous VCS Committee, for whom a vote of thanks was raised. The new VCS committee officially took over responsibility for administering the society and organising scientific meetings. Welcome to Malcolm Cobb (Chair), Hannah Stephenson and Emily Dutton (Joint Secretaries), Alistair Gibson (Treasurer) and Kieran Borgeat (Web Manager & Proceedings Editor).


Cardiology Masters of Research degree at the Royal Veterinary College - 21 October 2015

 An opportunity has arisen to study for a Masters of Research degree at the Royal Veterinary College funded by the PetPlan Charitable Trust. This is a one year position that has the possibility of leading onto a full PhD. The project is entitled Avoid rejection to fix a broken heart: assessing the feasibility of allogeneic stem cell therapy for canine dilated cardiomyopathy. The main objectives are to characterise and compare immunological parameters and reactivity of autologous and allogeneic canine mesenchymal stem cells and cardiosphere derived cells in an in vitro model system of transplant immunoreactivity. This will act as a proof of concept study for future work directed at the treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in predisposed breeds. This project is in collaboration with Prof Brian Catchpole and Dr Jay Dudhia (RVC) and Dr Hannah Hodgkiss-Geere (University of Liverpool). The start date will be October 1st 2016.

If you are interested in finding out more details then please contact David Connolly at dconnolly@rvc.ac.uk   or Hannah Hodgkiss-Geere at H.Hodgkiss-Geere@liverpool.ac.uk


Job oportunity - 08 September 2015

Private referral practice near Chester is looking for a cardiologist (specialist or board-eligible). If interested see the attached document.

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Dobermann Pinchers project - 11 March 2015

Seeking Collaboration from Cardiologists!

Efficacy of Biomarker Screening for Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dobermanns

We have been awarded a grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust with matching support from the Dobermann Partnership (formerly the Dobermann Breed Council) for this study, which will investigate the sensitivity and specificity of combined cardiac biomarker screening (high sensitivity cardiac Troponin I (hs cTnI) and NT-pro-BNP) in identifying Dobermanns with DCM.

Screening Dobermanns is not just important for breeding dogs, but since the PROTECT study, and Mike O’Grady’s ACE inhibitor studies, we know that early treatment intervention can significantly prolong the asymptomatic phase of the disease, so early identification of disease is important for the individual dog. Of course, echocardiographic and Holter screening is time-consuming for the cardiologist and costly to the owner. So, if the biomarker screening with either hs TnI and/or NT-proBNP is sufficiently sensitive and specific, it will target dogs which will benefit from the gold-standard echo / Holter screening, and treatment intervention.

To allow Dobermann owners from different geographical areas to participate, we invite cardiologists to collaborate with this project. You must be a competent echocardiographer (so ideally a Diplomate or on the VCS echo list). The grant support will cover your professional fees as below:

- Echocardiography @ £200 each

Ruth Willis has generously offered reduced costs for the Holters for this Dobermann study.  Ruth Willis is able to directly invoice the University of Liverpool for the Holter costs (£250 for hire of equipment and analysis). If you wish to use your own equipment, please contact Jo to make an arrangement with you (e.g. £100), but the analysis should be run by Ruth at Holter Monitoring Services.  After you have screened a Dobermann, you should send results to Jo, and an invoice to the University of Liverpool, via Jo.  Dobermanns eligible for screening by participating cardiologists will be identified by Jo and the Dobermann Partnership, and she will direct the owner to the nearest participating cardiologist.

Dobermanns who participate will usually have had the hs c TnI assay run at their primary veterinary surgeons, and will be selected based on the results. Dobermanns with normal results selected for echo  / Holter screening (to determine specificity) should be > 4 years old. If the NT-pro-BNP assay has not yet been run, please take a sample and submit to IDEXX.

IDEXX have agreed to run the cardiac biomarker assays at significantly reduced cost, provided that the discount codes are applied on the lab request forms at the time of sample submission. These are: TNIDB (for hs cTnI, if not done already) and BNPDB (for NT-pro-BNP).

Please contact Jo now if you would like more information if you would like to be one of the participating cardiologists!


Jo Dukes-McEwan

Small Animal Teaching Hospital, University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Chester High Road, Neston, CH64 7TE.

) 0151 795 6100




Deerhound project Recruitment call - 03 October 2014

 Scottish deerhound recruitment announcement

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is an acquired disease which can lead to congestive heart failure and sudden death. By definition, DCM is dilatation and impaired contractility of the left ventricle or both ventricles. It is vital to try and understand the course of the disease in every breed as different breeds will have differing rates of progression of DCM. The preclinical stage may be detected on cardiac ultrasound and, in some breeds, can occur for a long period of time before clinical signs occur. If screening identified preclinical DCM, the dogs would benefit as the owners could closely monitor their animals and early treatment intervention could be considered to delay progression.

The specific aims of the study are to establish normal echocardiographic dimensions in Scottish deerhounds but also to identify the prevalence of preclinical DCM in Scottish deerhounds prospectively screened in this study. With the normal values, the hounds could then be screened for disease and the diagnosis of DCM could be made earlier (i.e. before the dog develops clinical signs). We need to identify a large number of dogs which are free of clinical signs and over the age of 4 years. They would all have echocardiographic examinations as well as repeat investigations approximately twelve months later to ensure that they remained free of heart disease. In addition, DNA would be collected and stored as collating information about dogs known to be suffering from DCM may help determine mode of inheritance. Affected dogs are likely to be under the care of their veterinary surgeon. We welcome owners and the attending veterinary surgeon to share information, which would be analysed confidentially. We would be very keen to discuss any cases which may be suitable for this study (please find contact details below).

 Yours faithfully,

 EMILY DUTTON BVM&S DVC MRCVS, Cheshire Cardiology Ltd, Knutsford, Cheshire Tel: 07572 080086



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