What Services Do We Offer?
Echocardiography (Echo or heart scan) –we offer high quality echocardiography or imaging of the heart to help evaluate heart murmurs and congenital heart disease.
Echocardiography is a non-invasive assessment of heart’s anatomy and function, usually performed conscious, to check the cause of abnormal heart sounds, like murmurs.
This can help with the staging of Mitral Valve Disease and Dilated Cardiomyopathy in dogs, the evaluation of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, Restrictive Cardiomyopathy and Dilated Cardiomyopathy in cats and the diagnosis of congenital abnormalities such as PDAs and Pulmonary Stenosis in both cats and dogs.
ECGs (Electrocardiography) – An ECG is a recording or visual representation of the electrical activity of the heart. This is used for the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias (irregular rhythms) and to investigate collapse.
Holter Monitoring– A Holter is a wearable ECG device that allows us to record an ECG trace over a 24-48 hour period. This can help us to detect intermittent irregular rhythms and to monitor the electrical activity of the heart over a longer period of time.
A Holter monitor is often used to investigate causes of collapse, irregular rhythms and to assist with the diagnosis and management of dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs.
Chest X-rays/ Thoracic Imaging –high quality digital radiography enables us to fully evaluate the patient’s chest including the lungs, heart, and blood vessels etc
Blood Pressure Measurement – Non-invasive blood pressure measurement using an oscillometric technique allows the accurate investigation and management of hypertension in cats and dogs
Blood tests – these can help to fully evaluate the impact of cardiovascular disease on your pet’s health
Abdominal ultrasonography/ abdominal scanning – heart abnormalities can sometimes be caused by, or can contribute to problems elsewhere in the body. High quality ultrasound images can help us to assess this.
Interventional management of cardiac emergencies – including management of conditions such as pleural and pericardial effusions (fluid around the lungs or around the heart)
Case Support – we are more than happy to discuss clinical cases or to give second opinions on radiographs and scan images
Referrals – we also accept referrals for cardiac consultations and/or investigations
Who are we are
GP Cert (Cardio) PgC SAC MRCVS
Ania graduated in 2007 from Wroclaw University of Environmental Sciences in Poland where she did her post graduate training in the imaging department. This helped to develop her love for veterinary imaging and cardiology.
Ania moved to Yorkshire in 2008 and has lived and worked in the area ever since.
She has completed the General Practitioners certificate in both Medicine and Cardiology and the Post Graduate certificate in Small Animal Cardiology with Improve International. She now holds regular heart clinics and ultrasonography days at our Temple House site.
In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, skiing and paddle boarding.
Angie Shaw, RVN
Angie qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2011 and joined the Beechwood team in July 2014, predominantly working at our Garforth branch.
Angie now organises our heart clinics, helps to look after our patients, assists with the echocardiograms and ECGs, and runs her own cardiology nurse clinics at our Temple House site.
Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, walking the dogs, horse riding and spending time with her family.