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An established leader in cardiac care, CVCA is comprised of a team of board certified veterinary cardiologists, cardiology residents, technicians and assistants who work together with you and your family veterinarian to achieve the highest level of care for your pet.

CVCA sees the most veterinary cardiac cases in the world. This vast experience stimulates open discussion to tailor the optimal treatment for each individual pet’s needs.

Department Contact Information

Phone: 301-984-5791
Fax: 301-770-7461


Together we provide advanced cardiac diagnostics and treatment for your pet including:

  • Echocardiography
    • 2 and 3 dimensional
    • M-mode
    • Continuous and pulse wave Doppler
    • Color flow Doppler
    • Tissue velocity imaging
  • Electrocardiography
  • 24-hour ambulatory ECG monitoring (Holter monitor)
  • Heart registry certification (ARCH and OFA)
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Invasive congenital heart defect repair
  • Radiography

What is a Veterinary Cardiologist?

Our board certified cardiologists have completed three to five years of post doctoral training after graduation from veterinary school including a residency in Cardiology and two years of extensive examination. The doctors of CVCA are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine within the College of Cardiology ( Our commitment to education extends into our own cardiology residency program within CVCA. We value this high level of training and specialization as well as our individual talents, strengths and diversity. Our goal is to advance the understanding and treatment of the disease processes that affect veterinary cardiac patients, ultimately improving the quality and length of their lives. Our commitment comes from the passion that we all share for preserving the human-animal bond.

When can my veterinarian reach a cardiologist?

CVCA is on call for telephone consultations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


  • Tim Cain, DVM, DACVIM-Cardiology

    Tim Cain received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. His small animal medicine and surgery internship at University of Illinois was followed by a cardiology residency at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston.

    Board certification as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Medicine in Cardiology was achieved in 1995. Dr Cain has been practicing veterinary cardiology in the DC area for 13 years. His interests include feline cardiomyopathy and long term follow up of patients with chronic heart disease. Dr. Cain primarily sees patients out of the Gaithersburg, MD location.

  • Michael Hickey, DVM, DACVIM-Cardiology

    Dr. Hickey earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2005, where a few excellent physiology courses got him interested in cardiology. He received a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He then completed a rotating internship at The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants with his wife, Katie, planning for future travel, following the Maryland Terps and DC United, and spending time with his
    mixed breed dog, Mia.

  • Kristin Jacob, DVM, DACVIM-Cardiology

    Dr. Jacob joined CVCA in 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She completed both her small animal internship and her cardiology residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York. She then became part of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota as an assistant clinical professor. While at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Jacob developed a busy clinical cardiology service and stressed the importance of client education and addressing all of the patient’s needs to her students. Dr. Jacob has lectured on a variety of topics to students, veterinary technicians and colleagues.

    She has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine since 1998. Her involvement in numerous research projects has led to the publication of several articles in scientific journals. Her interests include pacemaker therapy, medical therapy of congestive heart failure and feline cardiomyopathies. Dr. Jacob understands the importance of communication and emphasizes education and deciding with the clients what the best treatment options are for their pet and their family. Dr. Jacob loves spending her spare time at home with her husband, twin 5-year old boys, and her two cats, Jake a 13 year old orange tabby and Donovan, a 2 year old mischievious kitty. She also enjoys exercising, has completed several triathlons and a 3-day, 60-mile walk as a fund raiser for Breast Cancer. Occasionally, they find time to travel as well! Dr. Jacob sees patients primarily in our Towson, MD and Rockville, MD offices.

Hospital Location: 1 Taft Ct
Rockville, MD 20850
Contact Numbers: Tel (301) 637-3228
Fax (301) 795-0145

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