Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in Solihull has strengthened its cardiology team with the appointment of a published European specialist.

Brigite Pedro
Cardiology specialist Brigite Pedro.

Brigite Pedro, who has a keen interest in arrhythmias and congenital heart disease, has joined the centre’s cardiology department and will work alongside Mike Martin and Chris Linney to diagnose and treat cardiac cases.

Cardiology residency

Originally from Portugal, Brigite moved to the UK in 2009 to work as a general intern at the Veterinary Referral Cancer Centre, before carrying out a cardiology internship at the Small Animal Hospital of the University of Liverpool, where she also completed her three-year veterinary cardiology residency.

In 2014, Brigite went on to achieve her master’s degree in cardiovascular physiopathology at the University of Porto in Portugal. In 2015 she took on the role of lecturer in cardiology at the University of Liverpool.

She said: “Since first receiving the Leonardo da Vinci scholarship and coming to the UK, I have been completely enthralled by cardiac surgery and diagnostics. I am extremely proud to be working at Willows, which has an excellent reputation – both for the care it provides and the innovative approach it takes.”

Fantastic addition

Brigite will continue her work in research projects that focus on the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias, with a particular focus on atrial fibrillation.

Lynne Hill, chief executive of the Linneaus Group, which owns Willows Veterinary Centre, said: “We see a wide variety of cardiac patients on a daily basis – comprising everything from arrhythmias and fainting spells to heart murmurs and pacemaker implementations. I’m confident Brigite will be able to take this in her stride and will make a fantastic addition to our cardiology department. We’re thrilled to have her on board.”

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