Panel Discussion – Pre-Clinical Heart Disease in Small Animals – A Diagnostic & Therapeutic Challenge

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Venue: On-Demand Panel Discussion
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion – Pre-Clinical Heart Disease in Small Animals – A Diagnostic & Therapeutic Challenge (Recorded 14 January 2021)


Panelists:    Clarke Atkins    DVM, Dipl.ACVIM (Internal Medicine, Cardiology) - North Carolina
State University, USA
Andre Shih        DVM, DACVAA, DACVECC  - Capital Veterinary Specialists, USA
Domingo Casamian-Sorrosal    CertSAM, DVC, DECVIM-CA, MRCVS - Universidad
Catolica de Valencia San Vicente Martir, Spain

Moderator: Luca Ferasin   DVM, PhD,  CertVC, PGCert(HE), DECVIM (Cardiology), GPCert(B&PS), FRCVS -
Specialist Veterinary Cardiology Consultancy, UK


The principles of treating a symptomatic cardiac patient is rather straightforward. Once signs of congestion appear, clinical signs can be successfully controlled with cardiac medications that provide clinical improvement, sometimes for many months or even years. Nevertheless, cardiac diseases are inevitably progressive and patients will eventually die or will be euthanised due to signs of refractory congestive heart failure and deterioration of quality of life.

The principle of treating an asymptomatic patient is somewhat different since any intervention is not aimed at controlling clinical signs but at prolonging life expectancy, improving the quality of life and, in some rare cases, correcting the underlying condition. The international panel consisting of world-renowned cardiologists/internists and a criticalist  focus on this important aspect of modern small animal cardiology with a particular multidisciplinary emphasis on diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in asymptomatic patients, using an evidence-based approach aimed at experienced general practitioners


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    Andre Shih
    DVM, Dipl.ACVAA, Dipl.ACVECC

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia and in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
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    Dr. Shih is double-boarded in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He graduated from the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil with his doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He completed his residency in Veterinary Anesthesia at the University of Florida. He then completed a fellowship in Veterinary Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.

    Dr. Shih is boarded in both the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care and also in the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Following his residency and fellowship, he spent 12 years on faculty as an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined the staff at Capital Veterinary Specialists, Jacksonville in 2016 and is excited to be serving the First Coast. Dr. Shih's areas of interest include preload monitoring, hypovolemic shock, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

    Dr. Shih is married and has two children. He enjoys fishing with his sons in his free time.

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    Clarke Atkins
    DVM, Dipl.ACVIM (Internal Medicine, Cardiology)

    United States

    American Specialist in Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine, Cardiology)
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    Clarke Atkins, DVM, is Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at North Carolina State University. A 1972 graduate of the University of California, Davis, Dr. Atkins completed his internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. He became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in internal medicine in 1978 and in cardiology in 1992.

    Dr. Atkins is known for his research and teaching in small animal cardiology, having authored more than 150 publications. He is also the author of a multimedia interactive computer program in canine cardiology and numerous textbook chapters. In addition, he has spoken extensively in the United States, as well as in many countries around the world.

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    Domingo Casamian-Sorrosal

    Spain, United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
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    After graduating from the University of Zaragoza, Domingo completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center (Manchester) and worked at two large hospitals in the UK where he obtained RCVS Certificates in Small Animal Medicine and Veterinary Cardiology. Then, in 2006, he joined the University of Bristol as a resident where he carried out two residency programs for 7 years: in Small Animal Internal Medicine first and then in Veterinary Cardiology, which led him to become a double graduate and specialist in Medicine Small Animal Internal (ECVIM) and Veterinary Cardiology (RCVS). He remained at the University of Bristol Small Animal Hospital until 2016 as a cardiologist first and then as head of the cardiology service. After 18 months working at Dick White Referrals, In February 2018, he joined Southfields Veterinary Specialists as Head of Cardiology and Cardiopulmonary Service, which he combined with being a professor and clinician in Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine at the Catholic University of Valencia (UCV). Domingo has joined the team of the Catholic University of Valencia full time as a professor and Head of the Cardiology, Respiratory and Interventional Cardiology Service at his hospital in April 2020.

    He is also completing a part-time PhD, studying the cardiovascular and arrhythmogenic effects of Leishmania Infantum. Domingo has published many scientific articles, has written book chapters in Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine, and has received research grants. He has also given many lectures at national and international conferences. Domingo's main areas of interest include arrhythmias, interventionism, and the interaction between cardiac and respiratory conditions.

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    Luca Ferasin
    DVM, PhD, CertVC, PGCert(HE), Dipl.ECVIM (Cardiology), GPCert(B&PS), FRCVS

    Italy, United Kingdom

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    Luca graduated with honours in 1992 from the University of Bologna. After 3 years research in endocrinology at the BBSRC Institute in Cambridge, he was awarded his PhD in 1996. Following 3 years as Assistant Professor at Padua University, Luca moved to Bristol University, where he taught cardio-respiratory medicine of the dog and cat for 7 years. In 2005-2007, he was Associate Professor in Cardiology at the University of Minnesota.

    He returned to the UK in 2008 to work in various referral institutions, as well as offering telemedicine service and post-graduate teaching. He obtained the RCVS certificate in cardiology in 2001, the certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education in 2002, the ECVIM diploma (cardiology) in 2004 and a Certificate in Business & Professional Studies in 2011.

    In 2019, Luca was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for his Meritorious Contributions to Clinical Practice. Luca has also vastly contributed to veterinary literature, with articles, abstracts, and book chapters, including the chapter on coughing in the latest edition of Ettinger’s textbook of Internal Medicine. He also acted as chairman of the ECVIM examination committee and was member of the RCVS examination board and BSAVA congress committee.

    Luca is a regular speaker worldwide. His main professional interests include feline cardiology, exercise physiology, as well as investigation and management of syncope and coughing.

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"Very informative and engaging."

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Panel Discussion - Pre-Clinical Heart Disease in Small Animals 2021