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TeleCardiology - | CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets

TeleCardiology


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TeleCardiology by CVCA
Local Imaging Center in
Dallas
Business Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8 AM - 5 PM CT
Our Imaging Location:
3905 Long Prairie Road, Building 1,
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Our Phone:
Our Fax:
682-200-7871
Schedule Now

Schedule your pet for an appointment with TeleCardiology by CVCA. We have near term appointments available.

Before you bring your pet in, be sure to fill out this form.

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Driving Directions

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Located Within

We are located within the Flower Mound Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center. To reach the main hospital directly:

3905 Long Prairie Road, Building 1
Flower Mound, TX 75028

469-464-2964
info@fmves.com

TeleCardiology by CVCA Team

Meet The Team

Dr. Hanes and Dr. Hickey are the board-certified cardiologists leading our TeleCardiology by CVCA team.

Derek Hanes

Derek Hanes

DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)

Derek Hanes

DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)

Derek is a Texan by birth, spending a large portion of his childhood in central New Mexico. He earned a Bachelor’s in Science degree (Biology) from the New Mexico School of Mines. In 2013, Derek received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma School of Veterinary Medicine and Health Sciences.

He then went on to pursue a general rotating internship with Seattle Veterinary Specialists in Kirkland, WA. Immediately following this internship, Derek pursued a post-doctoral fellowship with the University of California Davis working in animal models of myocardial infarction and the associated myocardial remodeling which ensues.

After fellowship, Derek relocated to Denver, CO for residency training in Cardiology with Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology. Derek completed his residency and was board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2018.

His professional interests include minimally invasive cardiac interventions and chronic management of congestive heart failure.

In his free time, Derek enjoys cooking, as well as trying new and exotic foods and restaurants. He also has two canine companions and a horse with which he enjoys being outdoors on the trails enjoying nature.”

Michael Hickey

Michael Hickey

DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)

Michael Hickey

DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Hickey earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2005, where a few excellent physiology courses got him interested in cardiology. He received a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He then completed a rotating internship at the Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine in Vienna.

In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants with his wife, Katie, planning for future travel, following the Maryland Terps and DC United, and spending time with his 2 mixed breed dogs, Mia and Mosley.

Lexi Steven

Alexis (Lexi) Stephen

Licensed Sonographer

Alexis (Lexi) Stephen

Licensed Sonographer

A native Texan, Lexi is a licensed sonographer living in the Dallas area. Lexi has developed and honed her sonography skills on the human medicine side. Lexi is an expert in echography, capturing high quality images at Baylor Scott and White in the Invasive Cardiology department, and in Cardiac Rehabilitation for nearly 7 years.

Lexi is excited to transition to veterinary medicine, which she feels is her true calling.

She is the proud owner of 4 dogs (including a new puppy!) and 1 cat.
She loves spending time with her furry family and all kinds of outdoor activities. While Lexi takes her job seriously, she doesn’t take herself too seriously with a sense of humor for whatever life brings.

Lexi shares, “I cannot wait to start this amazing journey with the team at SVP in CVCA Specialty care – and learn along the way!”

What To Expect

Plan Your Visit

CVCA makes the experience for you and your pet easy and stress-free.

Prior to Appointment

01. Prior to Appointment

  • Complete an appointment registration form within a week of the date of your appointment (to ensure we have the most accurate information).
  • Most of the time, records can be faxed to us from your primary care veterinarian prior to your appointment.
  • Please bring along a list of all medication strengths and dosages or the pill vials. You may follow your normal routine for medications and feeding that day.
  • If your pet has had any X-Rays taken recently, please bring those with you as well, as they cannot be faxed.

Appointment Check-In

02. Appointment Check-In

  • CVCA will verify we have a completed appointment registration form on file for your pet.
  • For returning clients, CVCA will take a few moments to confirm your contact information.

Patient Blood Pressure

03. Patient Blood Pressure

  • A technician will take your pet for echocardiogram imaging.
  • A blood pressure reading may be performed by CVCA staff, depending on the age of your pet and his or her medications.

Echocardiogram

04. Echocardiogram

  • The state licensed, highly-trained sonographer will take a series of detailed cardiac images of your pet’s heart.
  • The echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your pet’s heart. The echocardiogram is not painful and takes about 15-25 minutes in most cases.
  • The exam involves your pet lying down on a table, and an ultrasound probe is placed on the chest against the heart.
  • Our skilled technicians work alongside the sonographer to make sure your pet is comfortable while we get quality images.
  • We will bring your pet back to the waiting room when we have captured all the images.

Completion of the Appointment

05. Completion of the Appointment

  • Your pet’s images and history will be uploaded for our board-certified cardiologist to review.
  • You will pay TeleCardiology by CVCA for the Imaging appointment, inclusive of the full work up for the day. TeleCardiology by CVCA accepts cash, credit cards, personal checks, CareCredit, and scratchpay.
    (Note that your primary care veterinarian will be in contact with you later, and may have recommended additional tests or prescriptions to consider as part of the cardiac recommendations for your pet.)
  • Our cardiologist will send a full report to your primary care veterinarian within 48 business hours.

Primary Care Veterinarian

06. Follow Up from Your Primary Care Veterinarian

  • Your primary care veterinarian will follow up with you directly on the cardiology findings and care recommendations.
  • Informed by the full evaluation from our cardiologist, your primary care veterinarian will provide clear information on your pet’s heart health and any next steps in care, including any medications or care instructions you will need.
  • Your primary care veterinarian also has access to clarify anything with our cardiologist, so you are assured of having personalized care for your pet.
Diagnostics Service

Bring Your Stable Pet

TeleCardiology by CVCA is a cardiac diagnostics service available for asymptomatic (stable) pets only, We do not have direct onsite veterinary supervision.

  • We cannot see highly anxious pets that require sedation administered by a veterinarian.

  • Please discuss with your primary care veterinarian if TeleCardiology by CVCA is right for your pet.

If your pet is experiencing symptoms or clinical signs, please take your pet to urgent care for immediate stabilization of their cardiac symptoms and condition.

Diagnostics Service
FAQ

Get The Facts

Here are a few of the typical questions, with answers, that you may have about your upcoming appointment.

Payment Flexibility

Pay Your Way

We offer many options to flexibly pay for our cardiology services, including CareCredit and Scratchpay for qualified applicants – ask a CVCA team member for more information.

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We accept cash, personal checks, and all major credit cards

6-month deferred interest on credit cards

6-month deferred interest available on credit card transactions

24 months at a set interest rate for surgeries

Apply online at carecredit.com prior to appointment

Tip: Applying for 2-3x the appointment estimate can defray unexpected costs

12- and 24-month repayment with a variable interest rate

No prepayment penalty

Apply in 90 seconds with no hard credit check

Tip: Scratchpay offers an “Interest-free” Take 5 plan – break your bill into 5 easy payments

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