What is a veterinary cardiologist?  

A veterinary cardiologist is a board-certified veterinarian that treats pets’ heart conditions. Pets can be  born with a variety of issues ranging from congenital diseases to acquired diseases in their older age. A  veterinary cardiologist uses specialized equipment to detect, diagnose, and formulate a treatment plan  to keep pets’ hearts healthy. They work closely with primary care veterinarians to ensure optimal health for every patient. If your pet is diagnosed with a heart murmur, arrhythmia, or has signs of heart disease  (cough, collapse, exercise intolerance, trouble breathing) you may be referred to a veterinary  cardiologist.  

Who is Dr. Alyssa Pinkos, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)?  

Dr. Alyssa Pinkos is a board-certified veterinary cardiologist. She aIended Michigan State University  College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2013) Dr. Pinkos went on to do 1 year rotating  internship at the University of Wisconsin in small animal medicine, followed by a 1 year  specialized cardiology internship in Los Angeles at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center.  She completed a 3 year residency in Cardiology at the University of Minnesota in 2018. Dr.  Pinkos spent the last 2 years working for MedVet in Chicago and recently transferred back home  to their office in Commerce. She is a Michigan native and grew up in the Detroit area with a  second house in Elk Rapids.  

What type of services does Dr. Pinkos offer?  

Dr. Pinkos is able to formulate a treatment plan for your pet with performing/interpreing specialized diagnostics including:  

  • Echocardiogram Electrocardiograph(ECG)
  • Blood pressure
  • Thoracic Radiographs 

How do I schedule an appointment?  

  1. To schedule an appointment please call Elk Rapids Animal Hospital (231) 264-6700. 
  2. Your primary care vet should send the referral form and records to fax: (231) 264-0400 or  email