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SeungWoo Jung

DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
SeungWoo Jung
Veterinarian Specialist
Cardiology
Availability: Monday - Thursday
SeungWoo Jung

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Cardiology

Undergrad School: Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
Veterinary School: Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
PhD & Fellowship: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Residency: University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
Associate Professor with tenure at Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Why did you choose to work towards the specialty of Cardiology? 
Cardiology is a great combination of medicine, surgery, emergency, and imaging. Thanks to great mentors during my training periods, I was fortunately guided to the specialty of Cardiology. Cardiology is the best!

Why did you choose to work at VCA West Coast?
Great people and state-of-the-art facility with tremendous potentials to grow further to the next height

Part of VCA West Coast's mission is to help advance the profession of veterinarian medicine, how do you want to contribute?
Not only general cardiology (diagnosis of heart disease and treatment of heart failure and arrhythmia), but also one of my strengths in Cardiology is breadth of experience in cardiovascular interventional procedures. These include occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus, balloon dilation of valvular stenosis, pacemaker implantation, transvenous electrical cardioversion of arrhythmia, diagnostic angiography, transarterial chemoembolization, and vascular stenting.

VCA West Coast has 13 core values, which one(s) relates best to you and why?
Teamwork, Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Accountability, Passion, Initiative, Kindness, Gratitude, Efficiency, Teaching, Empathy, Reliability 

Teamwork, because I believe that people and collegiality are the most integral elements for mutual success. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of being a veterinarian?
Still learning, but trying to be a good father to my two boys and a loving husband to my wife.
 

Cardiology

Board Certified Cardiologists are veterinarians who have received advanced training after veterinary school in the diagnosis and management of diseases and conditions that affect the heart, lungs, and the vascular system in animals. They have typically completed one or more internships and a 3-5 year residency in an approved program. In addition, they have passed numerous exams and received certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology, a certification that only those with the most extensive training and education can receive. In other words, they are individuals who have dedicated years of their life to study and practical training in their chosen specialty far beyond what a typical graduate veterinarian would receive.

Some of the conditions that Board-certified cardiologists may diagnose and treat include:

  • Heart failure
  • Cardiomyopathy (diseases of the muscle of the heart)
  • Degenerative mitral valve disease (age related changes to the valves of the heart)
  • Congenital (present at birth) heart defects
  • Cardiac arrhythmias (problems with the rate and/or rhythm of your animal’s heart)
  • Diseases of the pericardium (sac surrounding the heart)
  • Tumors that effect the heart and blood vessels
  • Systemic Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)

Board-certified cardiologists work closely with your family veterinarian and are an integral part of the team once a cardiac problem is detected. Cardiologists are able to perform specialized testing to diagnose and characterize an animal’s heart condition that your family veterinarian may not offer. The tests performed may include:

  • Echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound)
  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Blood pressure measurement and monitoring
  • Holter monitor – 24 hour ECG performed at home
  • Radiography (x-rays) of the chest and lungs

In addition, board-certified cardiologists can perform advanced procedure when necessary. These include:

  • Cardiac catheterization procedures
  • Interventional Cardiology:
    • Pacemaker implantation (for animals with too slow of a heart rate)
    • Occlusion of Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
    • Balloon Valvuloplasties (Valvular Stenosis)

VCA West Coast Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital strongly believes in the triad of care. You, your family veterinarian, and your cardiologist will become a team working together to provide your pet with the best care possible.

If you or your veterinarian believe your pet may benefit from an evaluation with a cardiologist, please contact us. Additional information is available at www.acvim.org.

VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital

18300 Euclid Street

Fountain Valley, Orange County, CA 92708

Main: 714-241-9001

Fax: 714-241-9020

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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