Dr. Chris McLaughlin – Emergency Critical Care

About Chris McLaughlin, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), DACVECC

Chris McLaughlin

Dr. Chris McLaughlin is originally from Woostock, New Brunswick, Canada.  He attended the Atlantic Veterinary College, followed by an Internship at the Ontario Veterinary College.  He completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care from North Carolina State University in 2016, before moving to South Florida to practice in two, large referral hospitals.  During his time as a Director of Emergency and Critical Care, he developed a passion for minimally invasive interventional procedures.  This led me to undertake a second residency in Cardiology at North Carolina State University, which he completed in July 2023.

There are many things he loves about practicing Cardiology.  He has a passion for interventional procedures and has extensive experience in the management of several congenital and acquired heart defects, including ACDO occlusion of Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Balloon Valvuloplasty and Pulmonary Valve Stenting for Pulmonary Valve Stenosis, Pacemaker implantation, diagnostic right and left heart catheterization, balloon membranostomy of Cor Triatriatum Dexter, and heartworm retrieval in Caval Syndrome, among others.  It is incredibly rewarding to intervene in puppies and kittens with heart disease and give them a long and healthy life.  With his background in Emergency and Intensive Care Unit Medicine, he also enjoy inpatient management of critically ill and complex cardiopulmonary cases, including heart failure and arrhythmias.  Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the relationships that are built with clients, their pets, and their family veterinarians while managing chronic heart disease are both rewarding and fulfilling for him.  He prefers to be a partner in a patient’s care, involving the clients and their family veterinarians in all management decisions and follow up.


Presentation Synopsis

1. Interventional Management of Congenital Heart Disease
2. Management of Tachyarrhythmia
3. Management of Bradyarrhythmia
4. Heartworm Disease
5. The Why and How of Centesis: Thoracocentesis, Pericardiocentesis and Abdominocentesis
6. Acute and Chronic Management of Congestive Heart Failure
7. The Respiratory Distress Cat
8. Point of Care Echocardiography and Lung Ultrasound
9. Management of Pre-Clinical Heart Disease Without a Cardiologist
10. Pulmonary Hypertension: An Under-Recognized Contributor to Respiratory Distress in Dogs
11. Anesthesia and Sedation in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease (30 minutes)