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Genetic susceptibility of canine myxomatous mitral valve disease - Melanie Hezzell

Presented as an oral abstract at European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Funding Success

BBSRC Impact Accelerator Awards “Video Based Contactless Heart Rate Monitoring in Animals” John Fennell, Laszlo Talas, Melanie Hezzell and Kieran Borgeat.

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Marco Mazzarella who is undertaking a PhD researching the endothelial glycocalyx in mitral valve disease in dogs and is supervised by Melanie Hezzell, Natalie Finch, Becky Foster and Matthew Butler.

Cardiology team

Dr Rosie Payne

Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Dr Rosie Payne

Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

BVetMed MVetMed PhD MRCVS DipACVIM (Cardiology)

Lead Cardiologist

American Diplomate and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology.

After working in first opinion practice, Rosie undertook a PhD in feline cardiomyopathy and then completed residency training and a Masters degree at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She has published a large number of scientific papers which have influenced how cardiologists all over the world assess cats with heart disease. She has spoken at national and international cardiology conferences, as well as giving CPD to vets in the UK.

Dr Melanie Hezzell

Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Dr Melanie Hezzell

Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

MA, VetMB, PhD, FHEA, CertVDI, CertVC, MRCVS, DipACVIM (Cardiology)

Associate Professor in Veterinary Cardiology

Following graduation from the University of Cambridge in 1997, Melanie worked in mixed and small animal general practice in the UK, Australia and New Zealand for ten years. During this time, she undertook the RCVS Certificates in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and Veterinary Cardiology.

Melanie then completed a small animal rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College and was awarded a PhD by the same institution in 2012 for her research into mitral valve disease in dogs.

Melanie became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in 2016, following a four year Residency in Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests centre on the use of biomarkers in clinical practice and the investigation of cardiac remodelling in response to heart disease. Melanie joined Langford Vets in September 2016.

Clinical Research

Shamanthi Shankar

Resident in Cardiology

Shamanthi Shankar

Resident in Cardiology

MA VetMB MRCVS

Joy Burgess- Carabini

Cardiology Nurse

Joy Burgess- Carabini

Cardiology Nurse

RVN

Joy graduated from the University of Bristol in 2022 with a first class degree BSc (hons) in Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science. She then completed the Langford Vets SAH Nursing Graduate Programme rotating through all areas of the hospital before working in first opinion for 5 months. She went on to start her role as a Cardiology Nurse in January 2024.

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