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Cardiology

Veterinary cardiology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular (heart and vessels) disease in animals. This includes such disorders as congestive heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, degenerative valve disease, systemic hypertension, arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm), congenital heart disease, and diagnosis of cardiac tumors. Although your family veterinarian can diagnose and treat many problems very well, there are some conditions that require specialized diagnostics and care in order to optimize the outcome for your pet.

The cardiology service at Carolina Veterinary Specialists offers state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures for the evaluation of heart conditions in dogs and cats, including:

  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiography
  • Radiographic evaluation
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Manage congenital defects

Veterinary Cardiologist

Matthews

DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Education:

  • BS – George Washington University, 2005
  • DVM – Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2010

Internship:

  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship, Iowa State University, 2010-2011

Residency:

  • VCA West Los Angeles 2011-2014

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Cox received her BS degree from George Washington University, graduating cum laude in 2005. She completed her veterinary training at Auburn University in 2010, also graduating with cum laude honors. While in veterinary school, Dr. Cox conducted pharmaceutical research, which was later published in the prestigious Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Dr. Cox finished an internal medicine and surgery internship at Iowa State University and recently completed a three-year cardiology residency at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, one of the largest and most technically advanced specialty centers in the US.

Areas of Special Interest:

Congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, arrhythmias