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Cardiology

The Cardiology Department at Oradell Animal Hospital is committed to offering the most progressive and comprehensive care for your pet utilizing the most sophisticated equipment and the latest interventional procedures.  Our board certified cardiologist is experienced in treating a wide range of cases, varying from puppies and kittens that require surgery for congenital disorders, to senior pets that need safe and effective medical management for chronic illnesses.  Treatment plans are driven by the patient’s prognosis and quality of life is our utmost concern.

Evaluation of your pet’s history and a physical examination by our cardiologist is the first step. If there is evidence of heart disease, such an a heart murmur or arrhythmia,  an echocardiogram (ultrasound) is often indicated.  An echo is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that very rarely requires sedation. Depending upon the type and severity of heart disease, we are fully equipped to perform whatever therapy or procedure is needed to improve the length and quality of your pets life.

Diagnostic Procedures

  • Digital radiography
  • Electrocardiography
  • Event/Holter monitoring
  • FluoroscopyColor-flow echocardiography
  • Diagnostic angiography
  • Doppler blood pressure
  • In-hospital telemetry

Therapeutic Procedures:

  • Balloon valvuloplasty for valvular/vascular stenosis
  • Stent placement for collapsing trachea
  • Device placement for occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Electroconversion for atrial fibrilation
  • Thoracocentesis/Pericardiocentesis
  • Catheter retrieval of heartworms

 

Department Doctors

Donald Schrope, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Schrope received his veterinary degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Afterwards he completed an internship and a residency program in cardiology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, He has been chief of cardiology at Oradell Animal Hospital since 2002. He was the first full-time board certified cardiologist in New Jersey. Dr. Schrope's special interests include the identification and treatment of feline and canine congenital heart disease. He has authored multiple publications and book chapters on subjects such as balloon vavuloplasty for the treatment of pulmonic stenosis in cats as well as dogs, identification and treatment of pulmonary hypertension, atrial septal defects, atrioventricular block in dogs, and the effects of non-cardiac disease on the heart.

Amanda Griglak, DVM

Amanda Griglak received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016 from Oklahoma Sate University, School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed Oradell Animal Hospital’s small animal internship program July of 2017, completed an internship in cardiology at Oradell Animal Hospital in July 2018 and is currently a DVM in the cardiology department at Oradell Animal Hospital. Dr. Griglak was in two veterinary case report publications; “White Syndrome in a Feline Patient” and “Hypereosinophilic Syndrome in a Feline Patient”. She has received several awards including: Scholarship for 2015-2016 academic year from The New Jersey Veterinary Foundation, Scholoarship for 2011-2012 acadmic year from Rutgers Universtiy and an award from a Phi Zeta Presentation on a previously submitted public in JAVMA “Congenital Subvalvular Stenosis with Seccondary Aortic Dilation”.

Samantha Kochie, DVM, MS, Practice Limited to Cardiology

Dr. Samantha Kochie graduated from The Ohio State University to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2016. Following graduation, she completed a one-year small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship at Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts University in Massachusetts. She then went on to complete a combined three-year residency and master's program in cardiology and interventional medicine from July 2017 to July 2020 back at The Ohio State University. Dr. Kochie's master's research was on left atrial function in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Her other cardiology interests include congenital heart disease, interventional cardiology, and congestive heart failure management. Dr. Kochie has a publication in JAVMA Pathology in Practice and is in the review process for JVIM for publication of her master's research. She is a New Jersey native and joined Oradell Animal Hospital in August 2020. At home, she has a Ragdoll cat who is her heart cat and a pitbull mix she adores. Her interests outside of the hospital include sports, especially lacrosse, and going to the beach.

Brian O'Malley, DVM

Dr. O'Malley attended Siena College for undergraduate studies and earned his veterinary degree from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital and remained on staff in our Emergency Department. Dr. O'Malley enjoys running with his Labrador retriever Penelope, hiking and cooking.

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