We are now partnering with Dr. Nicole Wyatt, a mobile board-certified cardiologist! If you have been recommended a cardiologist consult or echocardiogram, this can now be done here at our hospital!
A veterinary cardiologist is a specialist who has advanced training in the heart and circulatory system. To become a board certified veterinary cardiologist a veterinarian usually completes a one year internship followed by extensive specialized training in an approved residency training program (usually 3-5 years).
Board certified veterinary cardiologists focus on diagnosing and treating disease of the heart and lungs, which include Congestive heart failure (CHF), Heart muscle disease (Dilated cardiomyopathy or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), age-related changes to the valves of the heart (Degenerative mitral valve disease), coughing and other breathing problems, congenital (present at birth) heart defects, cardiac arrhythmias (problems with the rate and/or rhythm of your animal’s heart), diseases of the pericardium (sac surrounding the heart), cardiac tumors, high blood pressure (hypertension), and pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs).
Veterinary cardiology specialists will perform a complete and thorough physical examination on your animal, and based on these initial findings, additional tests will be discussed. Depending on your animal’s condition, diagnostic testing or treatments may include echocardiography (sonogram) – non-invasive ultrasound imaging of the heart, electrocardiography (ECG) – non-invasive electrical reading of the heart’s rhythm, blood pressure evaluation, Holter monitor – 24 hour ECG performed at home, or radiography (x-rays) of the chest and lungs.
Dr. Nicole Wyatt is a Minnesota native and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota. She earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Western University in 2014. Following veterinary school, Dr. Wyatt completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. She then continued her training by completing a 3-year cardiology residency at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. During her residency, Dr. Wyatt obtained a Master’s degree with a research focus on congenital heart disease and aberrant coronary artery development.
Dr. Wyatt enjoys all aspects of cardiology but maintains a special interest in congenital heart disease and practicing non-invasive cardiology. She strives to provide high quality care and optimal outcomes for her patients by fostering a team-oriented approach with pet owners and referring primary care veterinarians.