San Francisco, Calif., August 23, 2011 – With the addition of Justin Williams, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), to its medical team, VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists (VCA SFVS) is expanding its service offerings to include advanced cardiology care. Beginning August 30, 2011, Dr. Williams will see patients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at VCA SFVS.
Primary care veterinarians can refer a patient to VCA SFVS for a cardiology appointment, or schedule a telephone consultation with Dr. Williams, by calling (415) 401-9200. As a multispecialty referral practice, VCA SFVS works in conjunction with primary care veterinarians to ensure pets receive the most compassionate, comprehensive care possible.
With a DVM from Colorado State University, Dr. Williams completed his three-year cardiology residency at the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston earlier this year. Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), Dr. Williams is proficient in diagnosing and treating cardiac conditions in pets. Currently, there are 188 practicing cardiology specialists in the United States.
“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Williams to the VCA SFVS team. Along with a strong background in cardiology care, he brings the energy, compassion and expertise that our referring veterinarians, clients and patients all will appreciate,” said Craig H. Maretzki, VMD, MS, DACVIM, medical director at VCA SFVS.
From screening to emergencies, Dr. Williams and his team provide expert care with a full array of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures. The following are just a few of the services available through VCA SFVS’s cardiology care program:
- Echocardiogram – including 2 dimensional, pulsed wave, continuous wave and tissue Doppler
- Digital radiography
- 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiography (holter monitoring)
- OFA Heart Registry Certification
- Emergency and non-emergency case management and treatment
- Pacemaker implantation
- Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
- Minimally invasive, catheter-based interventions such as balloon valvuloplasty and PDA occlusion
According to the ACVIM, which is responsible for certifying veterinarians in cardiology, oncology, neurology, large-animal internal medicine and small-animal internal medicine, veterinary cardiologists focus on diagnosing and treating disease of the heart and lungs, including: congestive heart failure; damage to the heart muscle or valves; coughing and other breathing problems; congenital defects; and cardiac arrhythmias (problems with the rate and/or rhythm of the heart). More information on the ACVIM is available at www.acvim.org.
About Justin G. Williams, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
A board-certified specialist in cardiology, Dr. Justin Williams obtained his veterinary medical degree in 2007 from Colorado State University, after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Los Angeles. He then completed an internship in small-animal medicine and surgery at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in west Denver. Dr. Williams finished his three-year cardiology residency at the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston in 2011 before joining VCA SFVS. Originally from Arizona, he enjoys the outdoors alongside his wife, Emily, and their two children. His hobbies include fly-fishing, hiking, photography, drawing and ice hockey.
About VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists
VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists is the first and only multispecialty referral hospital in San Francisco. Serving the Bay Area since 1997, our full-service hospital offers specialized care, diagnostics and treatment. We specialize in the areas of internal medicine, surgery, oncology, dermatology and allergy, neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, complementary and integrative medicine, and behavior. In addition, VCA SFVS provides 24/7 urgent care and emergency services and is an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)- accredited referral practice. Online: www.vcasfvs.com
Note to editors: Contact charlotte at charlotte-works dot com for a high-res photo of Dr. Williams. He is available for interviews and to provide background information on veterinary cardiology.