Mrs Yolanda Martinez Pereira (LdaVet CertVC DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), SFHEA, FRCVS, European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology)

Senior Lecturer in Cardiopulmonary Medicine


Yolanda is an European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology, and is particularly interested in interventional cardiology in patients with congenital cardiac disease, but also in the pathophysiology and diagnosis of congestive heart failure in dogs and cats. Yolanda contributes regularly to clinical research in the area of novel cardiology diagnostic tools. She qualified from Spain in 1998 and worked in general practice for 5 years, developing an interest for cardiology and respiratory medicine. She moved to the UK to pursue specialist training, completing a cardiology internshit followed by a residency at the R(D)SVS.

Yolanda has worked in referral cardiorespiratory practice since 2005, both in academia (R(D)SVS and Small Animal Teaching Hospital at the University of Liverpool) and private practice (peripatetic referral services in Scotland). She re-joined the R(D)SVS in 2013, where she combines clinical practice with undergraduate teaching and training of future veterinary cardiology specialist. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a especial interest in veterinary clinical education. Yolanda is currently completing a part-time PhD in veterinary education, in the field of assessment of clinical competencies.

Outside her work, Yolanda has two children and one rescued dog, and spends her free time exploring the Roslin Glen with her family.



Licenciada Veterinaria, 1998, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain

RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology, 2004

European Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology, 2009

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology, 2011

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2018

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

Cardiopulmonary medicine

Responsibilities & affiliations

ECVIM-CA(Cardiology) Program Director

Clinical Research Associate of The Roslin Institute

Chair of the ECVIM-CA General Examination Committee

Undergraduate teaching

Year GEP

The Animal Body Systems and Cases

Year 3

Dog & Cat Clinical Foundation Course

Year 4

Final year preparation course

Year 5

Final Year Rotations

Student Selected Component 2



Postgraduate teaching

Program Director of ECVIM-CA (Cardiology) program

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine DVetMed program

MSc/Dip/Cert Advanced Clinical Practice (Veterinary Cardiology)



Current PhD students supervised

Ewelina Korzybska (clinical co-supervisor)

Francesca Edgerton (clinical co-supervisor)

Past PhD students supervised

Maria Ines Oliveira

Inigo Sanz Gonzalez

Jonathan Bouvard

Rachel Blake

Elizabeth Bode

Hannah Hodgkiss-Geere

Valentina Palermo

Research summary

Assessment of competencies in veterinary education

Novel diagnostic tools in veterinary cardiology

Management of congenital heart diseases in canine patients

Pacemaker implantation in dogs with symptomatic bradycardia

Current research interests

Trialling Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) in undergraduate veterinary students Faculty development initiatives in medical education Assessment of mean heart rate in dogs with atrial fibrillation using a spot-check protocol External pacing in dogs with symptomatic bradycardia Management of congenital pulmonic stenosis in the dog

Past research interests

Clinical biomarkers of congestive heart failure in canine patients Novel diagnostic tools in canine mesothelioma Use of 4-D echocardiography in the dog Heart rate variability in the dog

Past project grants

ECVIM-CA and Purine Institute Resident Research Award (Maria Ines Oliveira): Home monitoring of heart rate control in dogs with atrial fibrillation

Petsavers: Immunohistochemical differentiation of reactive from malignant mesothelial cells as a diagnostic aid in canine pericardial disease

PetPlan Charitable Trust (project No S14-39): Parathyroid hormone as a biomarker in the assessment of canine congestive heart failure

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