Everyone at Hope was so nice and compassionate. Strangers I met in the lobby consoled me. You knew everyone who stepped through Hope's doors loved animals.
Ilona and Bill
Simon Dennis, BVetMed, MVM, DECVIM (Cardiology)
Dr. Simon Dennis was born in the United Kingdom and is a 2000 graduate of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London. He completed a small animal internship and a Masters degree in electrocardiography at the University of Glasgow and then worked as a small animal practitioner in England for 4 years before returning to the RVC in 2005 for a 3-year residency in cardiology. Dr. Dennis completed his residency and became board-certified in cardiology by the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2008. He subsequently worked as a small animal cardiologist in the south of London and as a lecturer in cardiology at the RVC, completing a post-graduate certificate in veterinary education and becoming a fellow of the higher education academy in the UK. After becoming a well-known cardiologist and lecturer in Europe, Dr. Dennis moved to Philadelphia to work at the University of Pennsylvania as a lecturer in cardiology in 2013. He worked briefly as a cardiologist in New York City before moving to Hope VS in 2016 after deciding that the Philly suburbs was the place he wanted to settle down.
Dr. Dennis is a former chair of the examination committee of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the subspecialty of cardiology. He has also been an examiner, chief examiner and module leader for cardiology examinations for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK. During his academic time he had a particular interest in high-quality research and research appraisal, enrolling in a Masters degree program in Epidemiology, being involved in veterinary clinical trials of novel drugs to treat cardiac disease, and becoming cardiology associate editor for both the Journal of Small Animal Practice and Veterinary Medicine and Science, as well as being a member of the external review board for the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
His main interest in clinical cardiology was initially in arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), but over the years, he has developed a particular interests in the management of mitral valve disease, refractory or complicated cases of heart failure, feline cardiomyopathies and interventional cardiology.
Dr. Dennis met his wife, Sherry, a pediatric nurse, in Philly. This was another reason for his love for the area! Together they have a daughter, Sienna, and a cat called George Washington, who they adopted while in New York. They often have family time together at Hersheypark or any of the Philadelphia sports venues. Go Phillies!