BVetMed, MVM, DECVIM
Dr. Simon Dennis received board certification in cardiology from the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2008. His clinical interests include management of mitral valve disease, refractory or complicated cases of heart failure, feline cardiomyopathies, and interventional cardiology; he also has expertise in diagnosing arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms).
Dr. Dennis graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London, in 2000, and completed a small animal internship and an MS in electrocardiography at the University of Glasgow. He 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. 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. In 2013 Dr. Dennis moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to lecture in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
He grew to love the Philadelphia area, especially after meeting his wife, Sherry, a pediatric nurse, in Philadelphia , and he joined the cardiology group at Hope Veterinary Specialists in 2016. Dr. Dennis and his wife have a daughter, Sienna, and a cat named George Washington. They often enjoy family time at Hersheypark and the Philadelphia sports venues.
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 United Kingdom. During his academic time he had a particular interest in high-quality research and research appraisal, enrolling in an MS program in epidemiology, participating in veterinary clinical trials of novel drugs to treat cardiac disease, and serving as cardiology associate editor for 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.