In The News
The cardiologists at Texas A&M recently published an
open access review article on Asymptomatic Degenerative Mitral
Valve Disease in Dogs. The article can be accessed
The EPIC study results have been published!
This study was the largest in veterinary cardiology to date and
involved 36 sites globally and 360 dogs. The results show that
Pimobendan is effective in delaying the onset of clinical signs for
an average of 15 months in dogs with increased heart size secondary
to preclinical myxomatous mitral valve disease. Texas A&M
Cardiology participated in this study and Dr. Sonya Gordon was a
lead investigator. You can read more about it
Dr. Saunders Receives Distinguished Achievement
Dr. Ashley Saunders was awarded a Texas A&M Association of
University-Level Distinguished Achievement Award in
Teaching in the spring of 2016 and was designated a One Health
Scholar as a lead author for "Chagas Disease: Connections Between
Humans, Animal and the Ecosystem." This case study was a
collaborative work co-authored by health professional experts in
Chagas disease and published online as a new teaching initiative by
the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
The ABCD’s of Small Animal Cardiology, A Practice
Dr. Sonya Gordon co-wrote an easy-to-use and
practical veterinary cardiology reference guide useful for the busy
general practitioner and for teaching veterinary students.
The manual was published in February 2013.
Image Selected for Journal of Veterinary Cardiology
With our current focus on advanced imaging capabilities,
computed tomography (CT) angiography was used to create a 3D model
of a heart in a dog with complex congenital heart disease.
The images were used to help the team of cardiologists and
surgeons develop a detailed treatment plan for a complex defect and
were featured on the cover of the Journal of Veterinary
Top Five Downloaded Articles in the Journal of
Veterinary Internal Medicine
Dr. Sonya Gordon was an author on one of the top five downloaded
research articles for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
in 2013. The article titled “Efficacy of Pimobendan in the
Prevention of Congestive Heart Failure or Sudden Death in Doberman
Pinschers with Preclinical Dilated Cardiomyopathy (The PROTECT
Study)” was a multicenter study that included Texas A&M
Long-term Outcome in Dogs with Patent Ductus
Drs. Ashley Saunders, Sonya Gordon and Matt Miller published
results from a study reporting long-term outcome and survival
information in 520 dogs with patent ductus arterisous, a common
congenital heart defect. It is the largest review of patent
ductus arteriosus in dogs published to date.
Cardiology Resident Wins National Research Award From
the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Dr. Randolph Winter was named a 2014 ACVIM Resident Research
Award Winner by the American College of Veterinary Internal
Medicine (ACVIM) for his work to investigate improved methods of
treating mitral valve disease in dogs with his faculty mentor, Dr.
Ashley Saunders, Associate Professor of Cardiology and veterinary
cardiologist in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.
The project, titled “Biologic Variability of N-Terminal
Pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide and Cardiac Troponin I in Healthy
Dogs and Dogs with Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease”, was aimed at
identifying important biological markers of the disease and was
partially funded by the American Kennel Club Canine Health