A leading Wiltshire small animal hospital has started the year with a new senior appointment.
Eastcott Veterinary Referrals, in Swindon, has welcomed American and European diplomate and RCVS veterinary cardiology Specialist, Kieran Borgeat, as clinical director.
Kieran brings extensive experience to Eastcott following a role as clinical lead in cardiology at Langford Vets, part of the University of Bristol.
During his career, Kieran has published more than 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and written a large number of articles on cardiology for professional journals.
He has also developed pioneering pulmonic stent procedures and hybrid vascular surgeries, leading the first team in the UK to perform trans-catheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) of the mitral valve in dogs with mitral valve disease.
Kieran said: “I am thrilled to have taken up the role of clinical director and I look forward to leading the team in the continued development of the hospital and its cardiology services.
“Having lived and worked in the South for many years, I am aware of Eastcott’s reputation for delivering first-class care.
“The role offers a great opportunity to work with leading veterinary experts across many disciplines and I am excited to have become part of their team.”
David Walker, Linnaeus referral managing director for the South of England, said: “We are delighted to welcome someone with such extensive cardiology experience and leadership skills to Eastcott.
“Kieran’s impressive CV and enthusiasm for his speciality make him a real asset to the veterinary world, along with his passion for supporting other members of the team with ongoing training and development.
“Having spoken internationally on cardiac disease and interventional radiology he will be a valuable addition to the team.
“Having such an experienced specialist on board will also be of great benefit to the on-going growth of our services at Eastcott.”
Kieran graduated from the University of Bristol with an intercalated degree in veterinary science, which was followed by six years in primary-care practice, during which time he achieved the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology.
He went on to complete his specialist training at the Royal Veterinary College in London with a residency and master’s degree, gaining accreditation from the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology.
Kieran’s clinical focuses include minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery in dogs, feline heart disease, and arrhythmias.
He is also currently collaborating on research into non-contact heart rate measurement, organiser of an international, 14-module online cardiology course for primary care vets, and is a member of the ECVIM Cardiology Credentials Committee.