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Joel da Silva


Joel Silva

DVM DipECVIM (Cardiology) MRCVS 

EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology

After graduating from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lisbon (Portugal) in 2003, Joel spent five years in general practice in Portugal where he developed a special interest in cardiology. He then enrolled a three-year residency in cardiology in a joint collaboration between the Clinica Veterinaria Gran Sasso (Italy) and the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital at the University of Cambridge becoming European Specialist in Cardiology in 2014 and recognised RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology in 2015. Soon after completing his residency Joel became a consultant in cardiology at North Downs Specialist Referrals in Surrey and in 2019 joined the cardiology team at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital.

Special interests

My clinical and research areas of interest are congenital heart disease and interventional cardiology.


Book chapters

Freitas da Silva, Joel ‘Anti-arrhythmic drugs´ in Guide to Canine and Feline Electrocardiography, ed Ruth Willis, Pedro Oliveira, Antonia Mavropoulou (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018).

Bussadori, Claudio; Mavropoulou Antonia; Silva, Joel; `Veterinary application of the three-dimensional echocardiography´ in Clinical Echocardiography of the Dog and Cat, ed Eric de Madron, Valerie Chetboul, Claudio Bussadori (Elsevier Masson, 2015)

Journal articles

Transient Myocardial Thickening in Cats Associated with Heart Failure. Novo Matos J, Pereira N, Glaus T, Wilkie L, Borgeat K, Loureiro J, Silva J, Law V, Kranjc A, Connolly DJ, Luis Fuentes V. J Vet Intern Med. 2018 Jan; 32(1):48-56. doi: 10.1111/jvim.14897. Epub 2017 Dec 15.

Transesophageal echocardiography guided patent ductus arteriosus occlusion with a duct occluder. Silva, J., Domenech O., Mavropoulou, A.,Oliveira P., Locatelli C., Bussadori C. J Vet Intern Med. 2013 Nov-Dec;27(6):1463-70. doi: 10.1111/jvim.12201. Epub 2013 Oct 1.

Independent predictors of immediate and long-term results after pulmonary balloon valvuloplasty in dogs. Locatelli C., Domenech O., Silva J., Oliveira P., Sala E., Brambilla P.G., Bussadori C. J Vet Cardiol. 2011 Mar;13(1):21-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jvc.2010.10.003. Epub 2011 Feb 1

Retrospective review of congenital heart disease in 976 dogs. Oliveira P., Domenech O., Silva J., Vannini S., Bussadori R., Bussadori C. J Vet Intern Med. 2011 May-Jun;25(3):477-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-1676.2011.0711.x. Epub 2011 Mar 21