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Heart Specialist visits Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital

Heart Specialist visits Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital

Heart Specialist provides in-house training to Nine Mile Vets

On Wednesday 9th June vets at Nine Mile Veterinary Hospital in Finchampstead gave up their lunch-break in order to take advantage of expert training in cardiology from Melanie Norris. Mrs Norris is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate holder in Veterinary Cardiology and runs a cardiology service at Mildmay Veterinary Centre in Winchester. The Nine Mile vets were given instruction in echocardiography, which involves the use of the hospital’s state-of-the-art ultrasound machine to image and assess the structure and function of an animal’s heart. “We perform a lot of heart scans at the practice and were really pleased to be able to further improve the standard of service we can offer our heart patients,” said Jonathan Underwood, Clinical Director at the hospital. “We are able to assess everything from the structure of the heart, including features such as valves, and make measurements which enable us to diagnose a range of heart conditions and monitor how patients are responding to treatment.”

Melanie Norris, who has had a special interest in veterinary cardiology for 15 years, said “It is surprising just how many heart murmurs are picked up when the pet is coming in for something routine such as vaccination, although owners are often worried and are keen to investigate. When we scan the heart, these cases can often show changes that require monitoring and treatment. With more pets living longer, heart conditions are something we are seeing more of in animals and it is important to be able to diagnose, treat and monitor these patients. This is where having access to the best equipment and vets with the skills to effectively manage cases is important.”
If you would like to book your pet in for a check-up or discuss your pet’s case with a vet you can do so by contacting your local Nine Mile clinic.
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