Small Animal Cardiology - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in College Station, Texas Small Animal Cardiology - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Small Animal Cardiology

For small animal appointments call (979) 845-2351 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day

Our Service

Our world class Cardiology Service boasts leaders in the fields of heart failure management, interventional cardiology, and cardiovascular surgery. Our cardiologists diagnose and treat valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, congenital heart disease, and heart failure among many other cardiovascular diseases. We are also one of the only facilities in the country with a dedicated cardiovascular surgery suite and digital catheterization laboratory.

Appointments with the Cardiology Service can be made by contacting the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Monday through Friday at 979-845-2351.

We are here for you–providing 24 hour support for your Cardiology needs. Questions about your pet? Email your inquiry, full name and phone number to

The Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in cooperation with the Michael E. DeBakey Institute of Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices is dedicated to collaborative research in vascular responses and adaptation to systemic hypertension, preclinical evaluation of left ventricular assist devices and evaluation of novel designs for coronary artery stents.  The Cardiology Service is committed to promoting and establishing clinical trials that will better determine therapeutic options for common cardiovascular diseases in companion animals.

For additional information on our service including information for clients, testimonials, about Heart Trust, clinical trials and some of our available services and therapies, please click the links below.

Our Team

Our faculty and clinical staff include those that have chosen to dedicate themselves to the cardiology specialty. Their goal is not only enhance and provide the best and most comprehensive care for their patients, but to also contribute to the overall knowledge and ability of the profession to help continue to improve and enrich the lives of pets with heart conditions and diseases.

Sonya G. Gordon

Sonya G. Gordon, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Associate Professor of Cardiology

Canada and returned to the Ontario Veterinary College, where she completed an advanced degree in cardiology and her cardiology residency training. She subsequently joined the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science of Texas A&M University and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of cardiology in 1999. Dr. Gordon has been on faculty at Texas A&M University since 1998 and is currently an associate professor of cardiology and a Fellow of the Michael E. DeBakey Institute. She is actively involved in the ACVIM College of Cardiology where she has served as a member and/or Chair of the Residency Training, Credentials, Examination, MVD consensus statement, Appeals, and Forum committees. Dr. Gordon has received awards for teaching and is very active in continuing education efforts for primary care veterinarians both locally and internationally. She is a founding member of the Cardiology Education Group whose mission statement involves a commitment to the education of primary care veterinarians. She reviews for peer-reviewed journals and granting organizations, has authored many journal articles and book chapters, and is frequently an invited lecturer at professional veterinary conferences. Dr. Gordon is proud to be a part of a busy progressive cardiology program at Texas A&M where she has helped train 9 cardiology residents. Although she considers herself a clinician and teacher first, her research interests are focused on canine chronic valve disease, imaging, interventional procedures, and clinical trials.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, and competing in triathlons.  Though she misses her family back home in Canada, she does not miss the cold weather!  She considers her home College Station, TX, where she shares her life with her husband, 4 dogs, and 3 cats. Dr. Gordon's new book, The ABCDs of Small Animal Cardiology, was published in February 2013.

Ashley B. Saunders

Ashley B. Saunders, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Associate Professor of Cardiology

Dr. Ashley Saunders is an Associate Professor of Cardiology at Texas A&M University and a native Texan.  She is board certified in the specialty of cardiology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the Michael E. DeBakey Institute for Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices.  Dr. Saunders has numerous publications in the areas of congenital heart disease, interventional cardiology, and heart failure management.  She serves as an editor for the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.  In addition to being named a Texas A&M University Center for Teaching Excellence Montague Scholar in 2009, she has been awarded the Richard H. Davis Teaching award for demonstrating outstanding ability as a teacher.

Sonya Wesselowski

Sonya Wesselowski, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Sonya Wesselowski is an Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Texas A&M University.  She was born and raised in western Kansas and obtained her undergraduate, master's, and veterinary degrees at Kansas State University.  She completed cardiology residency training and a second master's degree at Virginia Tech University and become board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of cardiology.  Dr. Wesselowski's research interests include degenerative mitral valve disease, echocardiographic imaging, and arrhythmias.  She join the faculty of Texas A&M in 2016 after spending time as a cardiologist in private practice and is excited to become part of the Aggie community!

Kelly Doocy

Kelley Doocy, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Doocy received her undergraduate degree and her DVM from Oklahoma State University.  She then completed internships in Sacramento, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Tucson, AZ, before beginning her cardiology residency at Texas A&M.  She and her husband have a 2 year old French Bulldog named Mona.

Bruno Boutet

Bruno Boutet, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Bruno Boutet, a native of Canada, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Moncton before attaining his D.V.M. from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. He then completed a rotating internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in Southfield, MI. Dr. Boutet then finished a 2 year fellowship at the Texas Institute for Preclinical Studies before starting his residency at Texas A&M this year.

Derek Matthews

Derek Matthews, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Derek Matthews, a North Dakota native, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in ecology, evolution, and animal behavior from the University of Minnesota before attaining his D.V.M. from Colorado State University. He then completed a rotating internship at Purdue University, before starting his residency at Texas A & M University.  When he is not at the hospital, he loves to spend time at his family’s lake cabin in Minnesota with his red Labrador, Scooby.

Kathy Glaze

Kathy Glaze, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Kathy Glaze is a registered veterinary technician and has been a technician at Texas A&M University since 1991. Kathy was a founding member of Brazos Valley Golden Retriever Rescue and served as president for 4 years. She has been an active member of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue for the past 15 years. Kathy specializes in managing the cardiovascular catheterization laboratory. She enjoys kayaking with Grace, one of her 4 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, is a master gardener, and is active in her local CERT and ARES groups.

Jill VanWhy

Jill VanWhy, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jill is a licensed veterinary technician, and has been with Texas A&M since 2012. She has a background in education, and previously worked as a veterinary technician in New York State before joining the cardiology service at Texas A&M. In cardiology, she lends support with patient care, student teaching, and assistance with clinical research projects. Outside of work, Jill enjoys traveling and exploring the state she now calls home.