Cardiology and Interventional Medicine

Our Services

The Cardiology and Interventional Medicine Service at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluation and therapy of animals with cardiovascular disease, respiratory disorders, or those requiring minimally-invasive treatment options.

Cardiology & Respiratory Medicine - Service Highlights

Cardiovascular disease is a common affliction of all species and our board-certified veterinary cardiologists have extensive training in the care of dogs, cats, horses, cattle, llamas & alpacas, birds, and other animals suspected of having heart disease. We also treat dogs and cats with respiratory disorders, whose signs are often similar to animals suffering from heart disease. Your pet will be well-cared for by our medical teams, which typically consist of a faculty member in cardiology (a board-certified specialist with many years of clinical experience), a resident (a graduate veterinarian who has completed an internship and is training to become a specialist), an intern (a graduate veterinarian in their first year of clinical experience), a fourth year veterinary student (a veterinarian-in-training), and a registered animal health technician. We evaluate animals through a careful and complete medical history and physical examination, followed by state-of-the-art diagnostics when indicated such as cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography), electrocardiograms (EKG), radiographs (X-rays), fluoroscopy (real-time, motion X-rays), bronchoscopy (video endoscopy of the airways), CT (computed tomography), and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Many animals with cardiac and respiratory disorders can be managed for months to years, providing a comfortable and prolonged life with their family.

Interventional Medicine - Service Highlights

Interventional medicine is a new specialty that has evolved out of an increasing desire to treat patients in as minimally-invasive a manner as possible, thereby reducing pain and shortening recovery time. Therapies are delivered to the body through very small incisions or no incision, guided by advanced imaging techniques. While originally developed to treat diseases of the heart, rapid evolution of these techniques allow for their application to all species and for diseases of all body systems. We implant pacemakers in animals with inappropriately slow heart rates, close abnormal vessels with self-expanding devices, stent open diseased airways or urinary tracts, balloon narrowed vessels in the body, deliver targeted therapy directly to tumors throughout the body, etc. We frequently interact and consult with top human physicians, bringing the newest treatment options available in human medicine to the care of animals. A consultation can be scheduled with Dr. Brian Scansen if you feel your pet may benefit from interventional medicine.

Appointments & Office Hours

Office hours: 8am – 5pm Monday - Friday
Patient visits are by appointment only or emergencies by referral through your veterinarian (our referral coordinator is Stephanie Yochem).
Cardiology patients are seen Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings as well as Wednesday afternoons.
For an appointment: (614) 292-3551
After hours/weekend emergencies: (614)-292-3551

Common Conditions & Procedures

  • Heart and respiratory disorders – including heart murmurs, heart failure, heartworms, heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias), collapse or fainting spells, coughing,respiratory distress, high blood pressure, etc.
  • Interventional procedures – including cardiac pacing, balloon valvuloplasty, transcatheter PDA closure, tracheal stenting, urethral stenting for cancerous obstructions, ureteral stenting from both malignant (cancer) and benign (stones, stricture) causes, intrahepatic portosystemic shunt closure, nasopharyngeal stenting, arterial embolization or chemoembolization for bleeding or to slow tumor growth, arterial coiling of guttural pouch mycosis, foreign body retrieval from the GI tract, respiratory tract, or vasculature, etc


Cardiology faculty

  • John Bonagura, DVM, DACVIM (cardiology, internal medicine) - Service Head
  • Karsten Schober, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (cardiology)
  • Brian Scansen, DVM, MS, DACVIM (cardiology) - Director, Cardiac Catherterization & Interventional Medicine

Cardiology residents

Cardiology technicians

  • Tricia Degroot, RVT
  • Patricia Mueller, RVT


Payment is expected at the time of your visit. Please read our payment policy for complete information.