CVCA West Palm Beach

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CVCA
West Palm Beach
Business Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM ET
Our Location:
3884 Forest Hill Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Our Phone:
Our Fax:
(561)-223-6258
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Find Our Office

Located Inside:

VCA Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists

3884 Forest Hill Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

To contact the VCA Palm Beach ER in an emergency, please call (561) 434-5700

Appointment Scheduling

Make An Appointment

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For Patient Families

Scheduling an appointment is easy:

  • Sign up for our patient portal and choose your preferred time
  • Our staff will call you to confirm your appointment time
  • For urgent cases, please call (561) 448-1726
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For Primary Care Veterinarians

Referring a patient is easy:

  • Complete our referral form
  • We will contact the owner to set up a convenient appointment

Meet The Team

CVCA West Palm Beach Cardiologists

Dr. Rivera brings a caring approach to patients as our boarded cardiologist serving the West Palm Beach area.

Paolo Rivera

Paulo Rivera

DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)

CVCA West Palm Beach Technician Team

Our technician team offers our patients and their families expert, caring support before, during and after their visits.

Niki

Niki

Veterinary Assistant

Mary

Mary

Veterinary Assistant

Haley

Haley

Veterinary Assistant

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, unless it has been arranged in advance that your pet will need to be sedated for the procedure (very few patients require sedation).
  • If your pet has had any X-Rays taken recently, please bring those with you as well, as they cannot be faxed.
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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.
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Physical Exam

03. Physical Exam

  • A blood pressure reading may be performed by CVCA staff, depending on the age of your pet and his or her medications.
  • The board-certified cardiologist or cardiology resident will perform a focused cardiac examination on your pet. Under most circumstances, owners will stay with their pets during the appointment.
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Echocardiogram

04. Echocardiogram

  • We will get an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) of your pet. The echocardiogram is not painful and takes about 15-25 minutes in most cases.
  • The doctor will explain the echocardiogram as it is being performed and then further discuss the findings after the echo is completed. (Due to our doctor’s expertise and the latest level of technology with our equipment, the echocardiogram gives us valuable information on the location, type, and severity of heart disease.)
  • The exam involves your pet lying down on a table, with you present for comfort, and an ultrasound probe is placed on the chest against the heart through a hole in the table.
Dr.Paulo working with vet technicians and pet owner, pointing at screen of echocardiogram

Pro Tip: Very large dogs or patients with respiratory distress may have the procedure performed standing or sitting if they are more comfortable.

Completion of the Exam

05. Completion of the Exam

  • You will be given a printed visit summary with the diagnosis, treatment recommendations and follow up care.
  • A full report will be forwarded to your primary care veterinarian the same day.
  • After your appointment, we welcome progress reports, questions and concerns at any time.
  • We maintain an ongoing relationship with your primary care veterinarian to ensure the best care for your pet.
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Pro Tip: Make a 6-month recheck appointment before you leave. This ensures you schedule an appointment that is convenient to you. Our schedules can book far in advance.

Informational Video

Experience An Exam

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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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