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William Tyrrell

DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)

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 a co-owner of CVCA and helps operate their 14 offices throughout Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky and Texas. 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 (VA MD College of Veterinary Medicine/VMCVM) Veterinary School Alumni Society. He also currently serves as a committee member of the VMCVM 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. In August of 2019,, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the VA MD College of Veterinary Medicine.

He has lectured nationally at the ACVIM Forum, VMX/NAVC, 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 nine years. Bill is the past chair of ACVIM Marketing and Communications Committee (2016-2018) and served on the ACVIM Board of Regents during this period as well. 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. He remains a member of this committee while co-chairing the veterinaryspecialists.com subcommittee.

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 14 years or so. His work with Irish Wolfhounds was recently published in both the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the Journal of Canine Genetics and Epidemiology.

Dr. Tyrrell lives in Leesburg, Virginia with his wife, Jen, two daughters, Avery (17), Ella (14), three Maine Coon cats, Chianti, Dani, and Serafina as well as two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 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.