Dr. Bill Tyrrell is a 1992 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. After graduation, he spent four years in small animal practice in Northern Virginia, where he became fascinated with cardiology and echocardiography. He then began a cardiology residency program at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his residency credentials with Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates (CVCA) and achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the College of Cardiology in 1999. He is now co-owner of CVCA and helps operate their twelve offices throughout Virginia, Maryland and Kentucky. Dr. Tyrrell strives to fully educate his clients about the cardiac disease found within their pets. Interactive communication is a very important part of his examination, consultation, and follow-up treatment.
In February of 2010, he was elected President of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and served on its Board of Directors for over 12 years. He spent two years as Virginia’s alternate delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates. He is a past President of the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and the Virginia Tech (VMCVM) Veterinary School Alumni Society. He also serves as a committee member of the Veterinary Memorial Fund. This fund exists to help pet owners and families cope with the grief associated with the passing of their loved ones and to raise funds to support scientific investigations which improve the quality of health care available for future generations. Dr. Tyrrell was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 2003 by the VA Tech Alumni Association. In 2015, he was recognized by the VVMA as the Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian of 2015.
He has lectured nationally at the ACVIM Forum, AVMA Convention, VVMA Annual meeting and the PVMA Keystone meeting. He was the chairperson and co-founder for the 2011 inaugural Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference held in Washington, DC, a joint scientific continuing education meeting of the VA, MD, WV and DC veterinary medical associations and has continued its planning committee for the past six years. Bill is the chair of ACVIM Marketing and Communications Committee and additionally serves on the ACVIM Board of Regents as part of this role. This committee’s purpose is to bring awareness to the general public as to how veterinary specialists can help pets live longer, healthier lives in conjunction with the care from their primary care veterinarian.
Bill’s main research interest lies in giant breed cardiomyopathy in both the Irish Wolfhound (IWH) and Great Dane. He has worked with the Irish Wolfhound Foundation and the Great Dane Club of America for the past 12 years or so. Current projects involve echocardiography vs. EKG screening of the IWH, significance of ventricular ectopy in the IWH breed and the establishment of NTproBNP levels within both the IWH and Great Dane breeds. He presented data describing IWH type cardiomyopathy and it prevalence at the ACVIM Forum in June 2015.
Dr. Tyrrell lives in Leesburg, Virginia with his wife, Jen, two daughters, Avery (14), Ella (12), three Maine Coon cats, Chianti, Dani, and Serafina as well as two Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Henry and Violet. In his rare personal time he enjoys golfing, fishing, wine collecting, and cheering on the Hokies. Dr. Tyrrell sees patients primarily at The LifeCentre in Leesburg, Virginia.