Our Cardiology team is made up of three Specialists in Veterinary Cardiology, who work alongside Specialists in-training (Residents) and a clinic assistant to help pets with suspected or confirmed heart disease. Our senior Cardiologists have undergone intensive 3-year training programmes; not only in Cardiology, but also internal medicine and minimally invasive surgical procedures. This has provided them with cardiology experience that only a tiny percentage of vets have worldwide.
In our veterinary teaching hospital, pets referred to us benefit from our large number of Specialist-led teams. We are lucky to work alongside teams of vets who specialise in Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care,Anaesthesia and Surgery. With access to state-of-the-art facilities, including Doppler and three-dimensional echocardiography and a minimally invasive surgery suite to diagnose and treat congenital heart disease, our hospital can see cardiac emergencies 24/7, which is unique for this region. The Cardiology team see initial referrals from primary vets in practice, as well as tertiary referrals from other Cardiologists in the South of the UK. We also provide a heavily subsidised breed screening service to dog and cat breeders, to look for inherited heart disease in pedigree animals, in addition to a specific mitral valve clinic, for dogs considered by their vets to be likely to have mitral valve disease.
Our team are actively involved in clinical research into a wide spectrum of cardiac diseases, to help vets better understand heart disease and thereby be able to provide better treatments for their patients. Our Specialists in Cardiology are experienced in cross-species Cardiology, offering support to the Farm and Exotic animal services for animals with heart disease that they see in their clinics. We also work closely with the soft tissue surgery department at the vet school, and Bristol Children’s Hospital, to collaborate on advanced cardiac surgery in dogs.
Long‐term biological variability and the generation of a new reference interval for plasma N‐terminal pro‐B‐type natriuretic peptide in Labrador retrievers
The Langford Vets Cardiology Team have worked as part of a multi-centre collaboration (Langford Vets, HeartVets, Royal Veterinary College and Lumbry Park alongside MARS PetCare Ltd) to investigate methods for identifying markers of potential heart disease in Labradors.
The paper shows that Labradors have a much higher normal range of NT-proBNP (a blood test routinely used by lots of vets in first opinion practice to screen forheart disease) compared to other dogs. We propose a new reference interval for Labradors and show that our new reference interval is better at identifying possible heart disease in Labradors than the standard reference interval. The new reference interval for this test should improve vets’ accuracy at detecting early heart disease in Labradors, ultimately improving breed health on a global scale.
Anomalous Left Atrial Drainage of the Vena Cava in an Adult French Bulldog
Rosie the French Bulldog was diagnosed with a very unusual congenital cardiac defect (never seen before in veterinary medicine) that had surgery at Langford Vets (a collaboration of Guillaume Chanoit from our Soft Tissue Surgery team and Massimo Caputo, a human surgeon from the Bristol Children's Hospital).