Why Call VVCS?
Expert professional cardiovascular advice for your patients with heart disease is now only a phone call away!
Not every pet needs a cardiovascular specialist. However many of your clients will appreciate the opportunity of choosing the best possible care. VVCS can provide cardiovascular management solutions previously available in Vermont only by referral to a tertiary institution.
Think of VVCS as an extension to your practice. We may not be as close as the next exam room, but we're just as easy to talk to and collaborate with. We understand the relationship and rapport you've built with your client. We’re there to help you diagnose and manage your patients with heart disease. Your clients will be back to you for routine follow-up, but will welcome the opportunity of obtaining specialist care through your practice. Cardiology not your cup of tea? We’re happy to handle the routine follow-up too, at your request.
Have a cardiology-related question or a problem heart case? We’re available to speak with you any time on our direct straight to the heart doctors-only mobile phone line. Referring veterinarians or staff can call at PEAK Veterinary Referral Center (802-878-2022, Williston, VT) or Valley-CARES (603-643-6333, West Lebanon, NH) if you've misplaced the number.
We generate a complete, informative report for your client, before they walk out the door, and a second, next day professional report for you (you get both reports). The most essential information is right at the top, but with enough technical detail included to satisfy any cardiologist. If the case isn't critical, we'll give you a couple of days to look over the reports before we call to discuss the case. We'll call while your patient is still being examined if you need to be in on the decisions and planning.
Think of VVCS for any of the following:
- Geriatric and pre-anesthetic cardiac risk evaluation; anesthetic recommendations.
- Murmurs, abnormal heart sounds (gallops), cardiac enlargement, respiratory signs, or limb dysfunction, (e.g. saddle thrombus).
- Critical management of congestive heart failure; from early stages to end-of-life.
- Weakness, collapse, syncope and differentiation from non-cardiac causes.
- Abdominal, thoracic, or pericardial effusion. Unexplained fever.
- Arrhythmia diagnosis and assessment for cardiac involvement, anti-arrhythmic therapy and evaluation for pacemaker implantation.
- Heart disease with serious concurrent medical problems.
- Cardiovascular “breeding clearance examinations”.
- Large animal and exotic consultations by arrangement.