What We Offer

A veterinary cardiologist diagnoses and offers treatment options for patients with heart disease. If your pet needs the expertise of a veterinary cardiologist, Alpenglow Veterinary Specialty + Emergency Center (AVSEC) provides the most comprehensive and compassionate cardiologic care available, five days a week, Monday through Friday. The combination of non-invasive testing, a thorough medical history and a strong partnership with your veterinarian is what allows us to tailor a treatment strategy that ensures the best quality of life for your pet. 

When your pet’s health changes, it’s best to consult your veterinarian.

Heart disease can have many symptoms in common with other illnesses and it is important to give your veterinarian the opportunity to evaluate your pet’s health. If your companion needs the expertise of a veterinary cardiologist, your veterinarian will guide you through the process of finding the specialist that is right for you. Let your family veterinarian know about AVSEC’s expertise and unique on-site services.

  • Non-invasive testing: Echocardiography, EKG, blood pressure
  • Team approach
  • Board-certified veterinary cardiologists

We understand that caring for your loved one is a priority and can be very stressful. By using the most sophisticated, non-invasive diagnostics available, we are able to reach a diagnosis and treatment plan without causing significant stress to our patients. Find out more about the following diseases of the cardiovascular system:

  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Subaortic Stenosis

What is a veterinary cardiologist?

A veterinary cardiologist is a specialist in evaluating and diagnosing heart problems in your pet. Just like cardiologists for people, veterinary cardiologists have received years of training in the structure and function of the heart.

What can our veterinary cardiologists do for your pet?

By using non-invasive tests to diagnose heart disease, AVSEC will work with you and your veterinarian to diagnose and plan a tailored treatment strategy to ensure the best quality of life for your companion.

What kinds of tests does AVSEC offer?

AVSEC’s cardiologists work with you and your veterinarian to combine a thorough history with the results from non-invasive testing, such as cardiac ultrasound, contrast studies, short and long-term EKG, and blood pressure, to make an accurate diagnosis.

Who We Are:

Our board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Karen Sanderson is dedicated to providing the highest level of compassionate care to our cardiology patients and their families. Dr. Sanderson is the owner of Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology and an owner partner in AVSEC. The Alpenglow team also consists of Dr. Derek Hanes, who has been the cardiology resident since 2015.

AVSEC’s cardiologists see patients on-site at Alpenglow VSEC, through mobile appointments at your referring veterinary clinic, and at satellite locations in Denver, along the Front Range and throughout Colorado. RMVC also has a fully staffed location at VRCC – Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado in Englewood, CO.