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Photo: Joao Orvalho DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Cardiology)

Joao Orvalho DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Cardiology)

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology), Dr. Orvalho is a graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Lisbon, Portugal. He completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at The Ohio State University, and a residency in veterinary cardiology at the University of California, Davis.

After completing his residency, Dr. Orvalho joined the faculty of the UC Veterinary Medical Center - San Diego as a specialist in clinical cardiology. Dr. Orvalho’s expertise includes non-invasive techniques such as echocardiography, electrocardiography, and cardiac angiography.

He is especially interested in interventional cardiology, including pacemaker implantation, balloon valvuloplasty, and patent ductus arteriosus occlusion. His research has been focused on pulmonary hypertension as well as medical and surgical therapies that improve the quality of life of patients with heart disease.

Photo: Dr. Timothy Hodge

Dr. Timothy Hodge

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology), Dr. Hodge, is a graduate of Purdue University. He completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Animal Medical Center of New York, followed by a cardiovascular research fellowship in Columbus, Ohio.  Dr. Hodge continued his training with a residency at North Carolina State University.

Upon completion of his residency and board certification in 2013, Dr. Hodge relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked as a clinical cardiologist at a busy small animal specialty practice.  In August 2014, he joined the UC Veterinary Medical Center - San Diego as a Specialist in Clinical Cardiology.  His expertise lies in diagnosing and treating cardiomyopathy, valvular disease, arrhythmias, and repairing congenital defects in small and large animals.

Dr. Hodge has particular interests in arrhythmia management, minimally invasive interventional procedures, and myocardial diseases