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Spring 2020, Cardiology

A-Fib You Not: Quivering Through a PDA Ligation

Bonnie Lockridge RVT

Bonnie is an RVT in the anesthesia department at the University of Georgia. After graduating from Tri-County Technical College in 2014, she completed a large animal rotating internship at the University of Tennessee. Over the past 5 years in academia, she has found great fulfillment in the challenge of taking each case as a puzzle to be solved by providing balanced anesthetic protocols, addressing complications, troubleshooting anesthetic equipment, and triaging emergency cases. Bonnie is currently pursuing VTS certification in anesthesia and analgesia. She resides in Athens, Georgia, with her husband and their 3 dogs.

This case report describes a young dog who experienced simultaneous bradycardia and atrial fibrillation while undergoing surgery to repair a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). In addition to describing the approach used by the surgical team to manage the cardiac event, this case report describes alternative approaches and proposes possible causes.

Continuing Education, Summer 2019, Cardiology

A Look at Unusual Congenital Heart Defects in Dogs and Cats

H. Edward Durham, Jr CVT, LATG, VTS (Cardiology)

Ed is Lead Anesthesia Veterinary Technician at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He has worked with cardiology patients for most of his veterinary technical career. As a charter member of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians and the academy’s Director at Large for Cardiology for 12 years, he led the effort to create specialization for veterinary technicians in veterinary cardiology. He was the first veterinary technician to receive certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Cardiology. He is the author/editor of Cardiology for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses and more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles, as well as an international speaker and educator on the subject of veterinary cardiology.

Congenital heart defects are well-recognized causes of morbidity and mortality in veterinary medicine. This article explores the rarest CHDs, which present an opportunity to better understand cardiac physiology.

New Treatment for Heart Arrhythmias in Dogs
News, Cardiology

New Technique Treats Life-Threatening Heart Arrhythmias in Dogs

Patricia Wuest Vice President of Media Strategy, NAVC

Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers have developed a new treatment for dogs with a rare, but life-threatening, arrhythmia caused by atrioventricular accessory pathways (APs). The minimally invasive technique, which uses radio frequencies, is modified from a human cardiology procedure and has a more than 95 percent success rate in treating dogs with this type of arrhythmia. …

Cardiology , Emergency Medicine/Critical Care

Responding to a Cardiac Emergency: Pericardial Effusion in Canine Patients

Oriana D. Scislowicz BS, LVT | Cardiac Care for Pets, Richmond, Virginia

Oriana is Team Leader of CVCA – Cardiac Care for Pets, Richmond, Virginia. She currently serves on the editorial advisory board of Firstline, and has served on the executive board of the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians. Ms. Scislowicz writes for publications, such as NAVTA Journal, Firstline, VetTechLife, and Today’s Veterinary Practice. She received her BS in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and her AAS in veterinary technology from Blue Ridge Community College.

This article was originally published in the September/October 2015 “Today’s Technician” column of Today’s Veterinary Practice. Today’s Veterinary Practice is the NAVC’s official, peer-reviewed journal for veterinarians. You can find the full list of “Today’s Technician” articles on the Today’s Veterinary Practice website. Pericardial effusion is considered a cardiac emergency situation that is most commonly seen in …