Cardiology

CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets

CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets is a TLC Founding Practice and the largest private dog cardiology and cat cardiology practice in existence today. Our Leesburg, Virginia office, one of nine cardiac centers located throughout Maryland and Virginia, is home to experienced, highly specialized professionals who offer the most progressive cardiac diagnostics, medical therapy and interventional treatments. At CVCA, we are dedicated to delivering compassionate, expert cardiac care.

We Offer:

  • Echocardiograms performed and immediately interpreted by the doctor, ensuring accuracy in diagnosis by the most highly trained professionals available
  • Echocardiograms performed with the family present (except in some emergencies)
  • Ample time to discuss all of your concerns and tailor your pet’s treatment to your family’s needs
  • Follow up care and communication - we encourage ongoing dialogue with you and your veterinarian
  • The latest human pediatric imaging equipment for immediate, accurate diagnosis
  • A detailed summary of our diagnosis, recommendations, and treatment plan provided to you and to your veterinarian the same day
  • Excellence in client service - 99% of our clients would recommend us to friends or family
  • Our multi-doctor practice gives your pet access to extensive and diverse experience and allows collaboration on the most complicated cases
  • Opportunities to participate in cutting edge cardiac drug trials and research
  • Surgical intervention for correction of congenital cardiac defects as well as pacemaker implantation
  • We work closely with 24 hour, 7 day a week emergency and referral departments within our facilities so that your pet always has access to top quality care at any time
  • 24 hour, 7 day a week emergency on call service via telephone consultation

Cardiac Services

  • Echocardiography
    • Utilizing the latest imaging and quantification technology
    • M-mode
    • Continuous and pulse wave Doppler
    • Color flow Doppler
    • Tissue velocity imaging
  • Electrocardiography
  • 24-hour ambulatory ECG monitoring
  • Heart registry certification (ARCH and OFA)
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Invasive congenital heart defect repair
  • Radiography

Advancing Cardiac Care

Due to the volume of patients we care for in all of our offices, it is our ambition and, we believe, our responsibility to help advance the care and treatment of cardiac disease. That’s why CVCA frequently participates in leading research projects and clinical trials, and it is likely that there is an active study going on at all times. Veterinarians that believe a patient may be a candidate for a research study or clinical trial should contact us for more information.

Education And Training

We continually seek to improve knowledge in the field of veterinary cardiology, which is the inspiration behind our residency program. We also provide regular, ongoing staff training and education for our specialist colleagues, primary care veterinarians and pet owners. Please contact us to learn more about these opportunities.

Organized Veterinary Medicine

Our cardiologists are active in local and national veterinary associations:

  • The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association
  • The Maryland Veterinary Medical Association
  • The Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association
  • The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, College of Cardiology
  • The ACVIM Cardiology Examination Committee
  • The ACVIM Cardiology Heart Disease Registry Committee
  • The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society
  • DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine
  • The American Veterinary Medical Association

Community Involvement

We believe in supporting the communities that have supported our practice, so CVCA participates in many local activities serving the needs of companion animals and children. For instance, we sponsor the annual Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Reunion, and bring to the celebration canine friends with the same or similar heart conditions as the children who are treated at the Hospital.

We invite you to join us in assisting these charitable organizations:

  • Cat Rescue of Maryland
  • Fairfax Pets on Wheels
  • Feline Foundation
  • Frederick County Humane Society
  • Friends of Homeless Animals
  • Hart Homeless Animal Rescue Team
  • Henrico County Humane Society
  • Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital
  • Loudoun County SPCA
  • Montgomery County Humane Society
  • Oldies but Goodies Cocker Rescue
  • The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
  • The Animal Welfare League of Arlington
  • The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Fredericksburg
  • Virginia Tech Foundation
  • Washington Animal Welfare League
  • Washington Humane Society

Meet our Specialists

William D. Tyrrell, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)

Gina Pasieka, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)