Dr Brad Gavaghan



Dr Brad Gavaghan is the co-founder and co-director of Veterinary Cardiologists Australia, and the first veterinary cardiologist in Australia.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from UQ in 1985, he became a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Canine Medicine) in 1991.

His passion for cardiology led him overseas following a successful application to the world-renowned cardiology residency program at the University of California Davis, in 1996.

He returned to Australia and attained registration as a specialist cardiologist following successful completion of the examinations in all species cardiology to be accepted as a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

Brad established the first specialist cardiology service in Australia (Veterinary Cardiology and Imaging) in 1998. He has recently joined forces with Dr Fiona Meyers to co-found Veterinary Cardiologists Australia (VCA). They share a goal to build a team of passionate veterinary cardiologists, technicians and nurses whose mission is to help pet owners improve their pet’s quality and length of life. 

They work alongside Dr Fiona Meyers and Dr Chris Lam, forming the cardiology team consulting at Veterinary Specialist Services hospitals at Carrara and Underwood.

As a fellow pet lover and owner of a golden retriever (with no concept of personal space!), Brad understands just how important our four- legged family members are. His passion for doing better for our pets is mirrored in his research interests which include the Doppler tissue imaging quantification of systolic dysfunction in mitral valve disease patients and his clinical interests which include exploring advancements in interventional cardiology and transvenous intra-hepatic porto-systemic shunt occlusion. 

He shares his knowledge through many hours of post-graduate lecturing in Australia, North America and Asia, and publication of papers both in Australia and North America.