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Jo Harris

Jo Harris

2019 VetCPD Congress Lectures

Cardiology for Veterinary Nurses.

Jo will focus on cardiac auscultation and examination in the pre-anaesthetic patient and the common abnormalities which may be encountered. A summary of common relevant diseases will be covered to help guide the diagnostic approach in these patients, and aid in pre-anaesthetic decision making.

Teaching old dogs new tricks: An update on mitral valve disease.

Jo will review degenerative mitral valve disease, the most common cardiac disease encountered in our veterinary patients. A practical approach to both diagnosis, staging and management will be discussed, including both newer surgical options and the evidence base for medical therapy from some of the largest and most influential veterinary clinical trials to date.


Jo Harris is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology. She has been working in cardiology referral practice for over a decade, achieving the RCVS certificate in Veterinary Cardiology in 2008 and the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 2017. Jo moved to the south west and joined HeartVets in 2009 and now offers regular visiting clinics to both referral centres and first opinion practices, and also runs the HeartVets online ECG interpretation and Holter monitoring service. Jo is regularly involved in CPD provision to vets and cardiologists at both local and national level. She has a particular interest in arrhythmias and her research includes novel uses of Holter monitoring in canine preclinical dilated cardiomyopathy.