Specialist veterinary cardiology service, provided throughout New Zealand.
Our aim is to provide excellent customer service for both the referring practice and the pet owner, whilst prioritising the animal's wellbeing.
Benefit from advanced diagnostics, fast response case advice and informative CPD, all provided by the only board certified veterinary cardiologist in New Zealand.
Colour Doppler Echocardiography
Blood pressure measurement
Pleural fluid drainage
FNA accessible thoracic masses
Refer a companion animal case for investigation and management plan.
Full review of clinical history and any ECGs, radiographs, echo images, etc, with a view to providing case management advice.
Call/email if you would like to discuss a cardiac case you are managing.
HOLTER MONITOR HIRE
Hire a Holter kit, containing everything required to record a 24 hour/48 hour/7 day ECG; with analysis and interpretation by our Cardiologist. (Please note, we do not send out Holter kits for cats; they would need to be referred if a Holter is needed).
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An adaptable, friendly veterinary consultancy service, offering investigation and management of cardiac conditions. Generally, pets are seen at 'associate practices' which tend to be referral centres, which benefit from specialist level staff and equipment. Please find details of these hospitals here.
In certain situations, pets can be seen at their own practice (or even in their own home), therefore avoiding a long journey and owners can have the reassurance of taking their pet to a familiar, trusted practice.
Our aim is to provide excellent customer service (for both Vet and Owner) and offer advanced diagnostics to all pets, whether at a referral hospital or their own local practice.
The service is fully mobile, using state-of-the-art equipment.
Jacqui is an enthusiastic teacher and CPD can be tailored to your schedule and learning requirements.
Whether you would like to refer a case, have radiographs, ECGs or echos for interpretation, or would like to discuss a case you're managing, please get in touch.
Dr Jacqui Huxley BVSc CertVC DVC MVM MRCVS is our Veterinary Cardiology Specialist.
She graduated from the University of Bristol in 2003 and immediately began working in first opinion small animal and mixed practices; during this time she developed a passion for the heart and successfully gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology. She has spent the last decade working in cardiorespiratory medicine in referral hospitals, both as part of a team and as the sole cardiologist. Jacqui has completed a residency in Veterinary Cardiology with the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, and is proud to have obtained the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology and been awarded specialist status. She has been awarded a Masters in Veterinary Medicine, the subject of which was intermittent collapse ('faint') in dogs and cats.
Having spent 6 years in first opinion practice, Jacqui has a good understanding of the challenges faced in general practice and tries to maintain a pragmatic approach to case management, whilst striving to deliver the highest standard of care. She strongly believes that the animal’s wellbeing, along with the owner’s happiness, should be paramount.
Jacqui’s areas of clinical interest are cardiomyopathies and intermittent collapse, and she has been involved in research in both of these areas. Outside of work, Jacqui spends her time with family and friends, runs with her dog and explores New Zealand.
Photo credit: Anh Vu (Boehringer Ingelheim Australia)
Sandy is our Veterinary Nurse and has been involved in the veterinary world since the early 1990’s, where she was a vet nurse in her own practice, which she started with Neil Marshall on the Kapiti Coast.
A move to the Manawatu led her to roles within the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital of companion animal veterinary nurse, anaesthetic technician, clinical services manager, a small stint as the hospital director and her current role in inventory and procurement.
Neil and Sandy also ran the New Zealand Companion Animal Blood Bank for 20 years, they had 15 greyhounds as donors and seven cats, a change in life meant they sold the blood bank and thankfully the new owners were able to take all the greyhounds, the cats stayed with Neil and Sandy.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her horse who she competes with in endurance and competitive trail riding, She also has five cats and five chooks. Her picture shows Sandy and her horse “Milly” competing in their first 100km ride where they placed 3rd in the ESNZ North Island Championships earlier this year.
Suzanne is our Administrator and Book-Keeper. She brings a wealth of experience in information technology and accounting. Her career began in London, where she worked first in banking and then for a company providing information technology for stockbrokers/merchant banks. Then, four children lead to a career change, and she ran the school library at a British senior school in Bahrain. In 1990, Suzanne moved back to the U.K. and continued her role as Librarian at Hoe Bridge School. She went on to become Head of Information Technology and was also the Network & Database Manager.
Suzanne enjoys the theatre and regularly visits art galleries; along with walking (with and without four-legged companions!) and knitting for her grandchildren.
Eden Scott DipVN BSc
Eden is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and has completed her Veterinary Nursing Diploma at UCOL. She also earned a degree in Animal Behavior and Biological Sciences from Waikato University. She has always had a passion for animal health and well-being.
She lives in the Manawatu with her partner and two dogs, which keep them on their toes! Eden is looking forward to meeting new clients and their wonderful animals.
WHY CHOOSE US?
Improve customer service by minimising travel time for your client
Fast reporting, we will telephone you soon after the animal is discharged with any urgent case information and follow that up with a written report once all diagnostics/analyses are complete.
Excellent case continuity as the ongoing care (and provision of medication) is carried out by you; with full support from us.
Quick response to any queries and supportive case advice.
Our diagnostic equipment is top end, helping to provide accurate, reliable results.
Arrange in-house CPD to fit around your own requirements/schedule.
Jacqui: "I have pets of my own, and have had to make tough decisions for them in the past, so I understand how important choosing your vet is. You can rest assured that I always give honest advice and have your animal’s well being as my main priority. Having worked with animals since I was 14 years old (and had pets all my life) I have a good ‘animal sense’. Happily the majority of tests I do are non-invasive and simply require your pet to stay still (not always the easiest in some cases!) and I insist upon a calm, quiet environment, so even the most timid animals may fall asleep during a scan".
Please do not feed your pet for 4-6 hours before their appointment, but do allow free access to water and give any medications that are due (a small amount of food for this purpose is fine).
We know how frustrating it is to be kept waiting, so unless there is an exceptional circumstance, you will be seen on time.
Consultations are long and relaxed (up to 1 hour) to give you time to fully explain your concerns and decide what tests are carried out.
In the majority of cases we will carry out any diagnostic tests immediately after the consultation.
Some procedures require your pet to have a small patch of hair shaved, this will be discussed first during your consultation and is at your discretion.
We will show you any scan images, xrays, ECGs, etc and discuss all our findings and provide you with a management plan.
We will speak to your Vet to share our findings and provide them with a detailed written report of our findings.
We only accept cases from Veterinary Professionals and your own Vet should always be your first point of contact. Should your pet have a murmur, cough, exercise fatigue, collapse ('faint') or any other condition that you would like us to evaluate further, please ask your Vet to contact us. Once we have received their referral request, we will contact you to arrange your appointment.
PO Box 8056
Palmerston North 4446
Tel: 021 2244950