Frequently Asked Questions : Referring Veterinarians


Why choose Jackson Veterinary Cardiology Consultants?

JVCC is dedicated to providing excellent service to their referral parteners and their patients.  Our goal is to provide you with accurate and timely cardiac consultations to give you the detailed recommendations you need to manage your cardiac patients long term.  We are available to support you throughout the course of disease, from asymptomatic animals to advanced heart disease.  We are available for more than just echocardiograms; our goal is to provide comprehensive cardiology care to your patients including recheck appointments if needed.  JVCC understands the demands of private veterinary practice and we want to help you expand the excellent service you already offer.


How do I schedule an appointment?

Contact us Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am -noon to schedule an appointment. Appointment requests can be made via phone, text, email, or through the RDVM portal (link upper righthand corner of the page). To improve ease of scheduling, please provide a few dates and times the owner is available when requesting the appointment.


Do you meet directly with clients?

That is up to you. The results of all diagnostics performed will be given to you in the form of a detailed referral letter. You can give the results to your clients, or a client consultation with Dr. Jackson can be added onto an appointment for an additional fee.


Do you offer same day emergency appointments?

Same day appointments will depend on daily availability.  An emergency fee may apply.  If 24 hour care is needed, we recommend referral to the closest 24 hour emergency hospital.


What services do you offer, and what are your fees?

Current fees will be displayed once you log-on to your RDVM portal.  If you do not have a portal, please contact us for log-on information or to receive a complete list of our services and associated fees.  Fees vary depending on the service selected.

What diagnostics are required prior to the appointment?

No diagnostics are absolutely required prior to the appointment.  Dr. Jackson recommends that animals with suspected heart disease have a blood pressure reading.  If respiratory signs are present, then thoracic radiographs are recommended.  If cardiac medications are needed or if an animal is having collapsing episodes, then full bloodwork including electrolytes are typically recommended.  Dr. Jackson will perform a complete cardiac physical examination on each patient and review any prior diagnostics completed.  All pets will receive and echocardiogram and an ECG (lead II during echocardiogram or 3-lead ECG).


- Echocardiography
- Electrocardigraphy

- Pre-anesthesia screens

- Pre-breeding screens
- Pericardiocentesis
- Abdominocentesis
- Thoracocentesis


PO Box 2513

Granite Bay CA, 95746

Fax - 916-236-3409


Pet owners: I can only answer medical questions about your pet if I have previously met with you.



Monday through Thursday

9am - 5pm PST

Friday 9am-12 noon PST

Pet Owners: JVCC is a consultation service and does not have a hospital.  Contact your veterinarian or an emergency hospital if your pet is having an emergency.

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