Cardiac Care for Pets

An established leader in cardiac care, CVCA is comprised of a team of board certified veterinary cardiologists, cardiology residents, technicians and assistants who work together with you and your family veterinarian to achieve the highest level of care for your pet.

CVCA sees the most veterinary cardiac cases in the world. This vast experience stimulates open discussion to tailor the optimal treatment for each individual pet’s needs.

Department Contact Information

Phone: 703-281-7717  •  Fax: 703-242-8358  •  Email:

We provide advanced cardiac diagnostics and treatment for your pet including:

  • Echocardiography
    • 2 and 3 dimensional
    • M-mode
    • Continuous and pulse wave Doppler
    • Color flow Doppler
    • Tissue velocity imaging
  • Electrocardiography
  • 24-hour ambulatory ECG monitoring (Holter monitor)
  • Heart registry certification (ARCH and OFA)
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Invasive congenital heart defect repair
  • Radiography

What is a Veterinary Cardiologist?

Our board certified cardiologists have completed three to five years of post doctoral training after graduation from veterinary school including a residency in Cardiology and two years of extensive examination. The doctors of CVCA are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine within the College of Cardiology ( Our commitment to education extends into our own cardiology residency program within CVCA. We value this high level of training and specialization as well as our individual talents, strengths and diversity. Our goal is to advance the understanding and treatment of the disease processes that affect veterinary cardiac patients, ultimately improving the quality and length of their lives. Our commitment comes from the passion that we all share for preserving the human-animal bond.

Where can my veterinarian reach a cardiologist?

CVCA is on call for telephone consultations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Veterinary Cardiologists

Dr. Steven Rosenthal

Dr. Bonnie Lefbom

Dr. Bill Tyrrell

Dr. Jennifer Sidley

Dr. Kristin Jacob

Dr. Tim Cain

Dr. Jess Weidman

Dr. Gina Pasieka

Dr. Neal Peckens

Dr. Richard Cober

Dr. Kacie Schmitt

Dr. Michael Hickey