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Dr. Nick Russell

Dr. Nick Russell is a board-certified vet in Thousand Oaks whose cardiology expertise includes assessment, diagnosis, and advanced treatment of all cardiovascular diseases in animals.

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Dr. Nick Russell, Thousand Oaks Veterinary Cardiologist

Nick Russell

BVSc, MVS, FANZCVS, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Russell is a board-certified veterinary cardiologist that graduated from the University of Sydney, Faculty of Veterinary Science in 1998. He went on to complete a master’s degree and residency in small animal medicine at Murdoch University, Australia. He then moved to the USA and completed a residency in veterinary cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. During this time he achieved both fellowships of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS), chapter of small animal medicine; and gained Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), in the specialty of cardiology.

Dr. Russell’s cardiology expertise includes assessment, diagnosis, and advanced treatment of all cardiovascular diseases in animals. His extensive broad training in multiple specialties enables an integrated approach to patients’ cardiovascular disease in light of the rest of their body systems. Dr. Russell has performed hundreds of interventional cardiac catheterization and surgical procedures, including pacemaker implantation, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) embolization, and balloon valvuloplasty.

Dr. Russell aims to provide specialty and compassionate care to animals, and help owners maintain optimal quality of life for their pets.

Research, Publications & Abstracts

Adult-onset nemaline myopathy in a dog presenting with persistent atrial standstill and primary hypothyroidism. Nakamura RK, Russell RN, Shelton GD. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2012 53, 357-360.

Left atrial tears secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease in 11 dogs. Nakamura RK, Russell NJ, Zimmerman SA, Yuhas DL, Morrison TJ, Lesser MB. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2014, 50;405-408.

Constrictive pericarditis following surgical repair of peritoneopericardial diaphragmantic hernia in a cat. Murphy L, Russell NJ, Dulake M, Nakamura R. Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery. 2014, Apr 30.

ECG of the Month. Atrial flutter in a dog. Nakamura RK, Russell NJ. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2013; 242(12):1650-2.

Pharmacokinetics of carvedilol in cats. Russell NJ, Carlson J, Boothe DM, Sleeper MM. (in progress)

Double-blinded randomized clinical trial of carvedilol in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Russell NJ, Sleeper MM, Tangeman LT, Nakamura RK. (in progress)

Comparison of the radio-immunoassay and chemiluminescent assay methods for estimation of canine blood cortisol. Russell NJ, Irwin PJ, Clark P, Robertson I, Lewis D, Foster S. Australian Veterinary Journal 2007 Dec;85(12):487-94.

Primary hypoparathyroidism in 16 dogs: A retrospective study. Russell NJ, Bond KA, Parry BW, Irwin PJ. Australian Veterinary Journal 2006 84(8):285-295.

Acute Necrotising Pulmonary Vasculitis and Pulmonary Hypertension in a Juvenile dog. Russell NJ, Irwin PJ, Nicholls PK, Hopper BJ. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2008 49(7):349-355.

Pneumatosis coli in a Maltese dog. Russell NJ, Tyrrell D, Irwin PJ, Beck C. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 2008 Jan-Feb;44(1):32-5.

Percutaneous transendocardial delivery of self-complementary adeno-associated virus 6achieves global cardiac gene transfer in canines. Bish LT, Sleeper MM, Brainard B, Cole SG, Russell N, Withnall E, Arndt J, Reynolds C, Davison E, Sanmiguel J, Wu D, Gao G, Wilson JM, Sweeney L. Molecular Therapy 2008 Dec;16(12):1953-9

Lymphangiosarcoma in two cats. Lenard ZM, Foster SF, Tebb AJ, Russell NJ, O’Hara AJ, Lester NV. Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery. 2007 Apr;9(2):161-7

Four cases of snake envenomation responsive to death adder antivenom. Swindells KL, Russell NJ, Angles JM, Foster SF. Australian Veterinary Journal 2006 84(1-2):22-29.

Cardiac Gene Transfer of shRNA Directed Against Phospholamban Effectively Knocks Down Gene Expression But Causes Myocarditis and Death in Canines. Bish L, Sleeper M, Reynolds C, Withnall E, Russell N, Arndt J, Davison E, Peddle G, Buchlis G, Gao G, Wilson J, Sweeney H. American Heart Association 2009.

Catheter Based Delivery of scAAV6 Leads to High Level, Global Gene Transfer to the Canine Heart Superior to scAAV8, scAAV9, and ssAAV9. Bish L, Sleeper M, Brainard B, Cole S, Russell N, Withnall E, Arndt J, Davison E, Sanmiguel J, Gao G, Wilson J, Sweeney HL. Circulation, Oct 2007; 116: II_65.

Novel catheter based transgene delivery to the myocardium is well tolerated in healthy dogs. Sleeper M, Bish L, Reynolds C, Withnall E, Russell N, Arndt J, Peddle G, Bushlis G, Davison E, Sweeney HL, Gao G, Wilson J. British Society of Gene Transfer, Edinburgh, Apr 7-9, 2008.

Comparison of the radio-immunoassay and chemiluminescent assay methods for estimation of canine blood cortisol. Russell NJ, Irwin PJ, Clark P, Robertson I, Lewis D, Foster S. Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Science Week 2005.

Resolution of Histiocytic Ulcerative Colitis in Six Boxers. Mansfield C, Russell NJ, James FJ, Davies D, Nicholls P, O’Hara A. Abstract Proceedings European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2004.

A case control study of doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide chemotherapy for 7 dogs with suspected right atrial hemangiosarcoma. Pelio D, Heller D, Nakamura R, Lange A, Zimmerman S, Russell NJ, Yuhas D, Morrison TJ, Lesser M. Veterinary Cancer Society 2012, Las Vegas NV.

Sinus Node Dysfunction. Russell NJ. Pulse: Journal of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. 2012;6:18-19.

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Russell NJ. Pulse: Journal of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. 2011;6:14-15.

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