The Section of Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school was established in 1958 by Drs. David Detweiler and Donald Patterson as the clinical arm of the comparative cardiovascular studies unit. It is considered the "birthplace" of veterinary cardiology with pioneer work done in various areas, including electrocardiography, heartworm disease, congenital heart disease and heart surgery.
The section has state-of-the-art equipment, including echocardiography, electro- and phonocardiography, radiography and angiography, event and Holter-monitoring equipment and a pacemaker interrogator unit providing the basis for high-scale diagnostic work-up within the area of small animal veterinary cardiology.
In 2004 the Echo Lab acquired the Sonos 7500, an echo machine capable of real-time 3D echocardiophy. Penn Vet is the first veterinary school in the U.S. with this capability. View real-time 3D loops at the Philips Web site.
The Cardiology Section serves the major Philadelphia area with an average yearly caseload of 1,820 patients.
To Make an Appointment
The Cardiology Service sees appointments Monday-Friday. To set up an appointment with the Cardiology Service, please contact the PennVet Appointment Desk at 215-898-4840.
We will work with your schedule to make the appointment as convenient and efficient as possible.