AniCura performs advanced research in cardiology.
The stethoscope is still the most common diagnostic instrument used for the examination of companionanimals’ hearts. Though simple, it provides a great deal of, and often sufficient, information. But for suspected heart problems, specific diagnostic methods such as x-ray, ultrasound and ECGs are used. These examinations are carried out at most of AniCura’s animal hospitals.
Ultrasonic flow measurement by means of Doppler echocardiography provides a clear picture of changes. This type of advanced ultrasound examination is carried out at animal hospitals and clinics with specialist cardiologists.
Pioneering new surgical procedures such as ACDO (Amplatz Canine Duct Occluder) and balloon valvuloplasty of valvular stenosis in dogs were performed for the first time in Scandinavia at AniCura Animal Hospital Albano, thanks to investments in radiological equipment and a knowledge-sharing collaboration with the University of Giessen, Germany.
Collaboration and Expertise within AniCura
AniCura conducts continuing education in cardiology. In addition to clinical Instruction and training in ultrasound and cardiac diagnostics by veterinary colleagues, regular meetings are held in AniCura where prominent cardiologists from Europe convene to discuss joint strategy and further development. AniCura also encourages exchange between animal hospitals, which is especially rewarding within cardiology as a major part of the learning process takes place through observing and discussing ultrasound examinations in real time.
AniCura carries out extensive research in clinical cardiology in Sweden, often in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Research into three-dimensional (3D) cardiac ultrasound has been pioneering. The first papers published in veterinary medicine regarding 3D technology were published by AniCura's cardiologists. Current research includes valvular disease in Norfolk terriers, cardiac function at high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, congenital heart disease in cats and the effect of anaesthetics on various heart measurements in HCM screening in cats.