Introducing Dr. Agnieszka Kent and the expansion of the UVS Cardiology Service
The move to a new 23,000 square foot hospital on December 16th will allow for the expansion of some specialties and the addition of a 24 hour emergency service at Upstate Veterinary Specialties. The Cardiology Department, the service upon which UVS was founded is also growing to meet the increased demand for advanced cardiovascular disease diagnostics and therapies in the Capital District and beyond.
Dr. Agnieszka Kent, the third veterinary cardiologist, joined UVS at the end of November and started with a full appointment schedule her first week at UVS. Dr. Kent’s decision to pursue veterinary education and ultimately further training in cardiology began in her undergraduate pharmacology class at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her fascination with the chemical components of heart function persisted throughout veterinary school internship and ultimately a cardiology residency. As a veterinary cardiologist Dr. Kent enjoys working with patients who present with cardiac disease and helping them return to more normal function and a good quality of life.
Licensed veterinary technician Felicia Esterly joined UVS at the same time as Dr. Kent. Her experience with the UVS Cardiology service began as a technically knowledgeable pet owner whose dog had been a patient of Dr. Aaron Wey. Prior to joining Upstate Veterinary Specialties as a technician Felicia completed her veterinary science degree at SUNY Delhi and worked as an LVT in general practice for several years. A generalist background gives her the framework to appreciate how cardiovascular conditions impact the whole pet. Felicia enjoys developing further understanding of advanced technologies such as echocardiography (ECHO)
If your pet is in need of specialized cardiac care, talk to your primary care veterinarian about referring you and your pet to one of the three cardiologists at Upstate Veterinary Specialties. The cardiologists and the technician team will work closely with your veterinarian to make sure your animal companion gets the specialty cardiovascular care he or she needs.
General practice veterinarians can find more information about our cardiologists, our other specialists and our online referral form on our hospital’s website at www.uvsonline.com. If you have a patient who could benefit from a cardiology consultation, please contact us at (518)783-3198.