Kursten Pierce, DVM, DACVIM-Cardiology
Specialist, Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
On The Job
Dr. Kursten Pierce is passionate about the physiology of the heart and loves diagnosing and managing all types of cardiac disease with the goal of giving her patients the best quality of life for as long as possible. She is experienced in echocardiograms (small, large and exotic animals), fluoroscopy-guided interventional procedures including occlusion of PDA, balloon valvuloplasty for pulmonic stenosis, cutting and high pressure balloon valvuloplasty for subaortic stenosis, temporary and permanent pacemaker implantation, stenting of branch pulmonic stenosis, and placement of caudal vena cava stent and coils for occlusion of intrahepatic portosystemic shunts. Dr. Pierce has been invited on numerous occasions to present lectures for continuing education and at veterinary forums and was presented an award for her abstract presentation at the 2016 ACVIM Forum in Denver.
With dogs, her particular areas of interest include long-term management of chronic valvular disease (DMVD) and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Given that cats with heart disease can hide signs and symptoms, she is interested in finding ways for early detection of feline heart disease and heart failure, and treating cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Another area of interest is the use of cardiac biomarkers, such as NT-proBNP levels, to monitor disease progression and guide therapies.
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Cardiology
Residency, Cardiology, Tufts University, North Grafton MA
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston MA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona CA
Emergency Medical Technician Certification, Cape Cod Community College, Barnstable MA
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Roger Williams University, Bristol RI
An active person, Dr. Pierce enjoys hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, traveling and enjoying nature with her husband, Justin, and Rugby, their independent, strong-willed and energetic shiba inu. She also likes fitness activities, word games and surrounding herself with people that have a positive outlook on life.
Select Articles and Publications
Tachyarrhythmias: Where are they coming from?
Roderick KV, Abelson AL, Nielsen L, Quinn R. Evaluation of red blood cell distribution width as a prognostic indicator in cats with acquired heart disease, with and without congestive heart failure. J Feline Med Surg May 2016.
Roderick KV, Cunningham SM. Chapters: Cardiovascular System Introduction and Thrombosis, Embolism, and Aneurysm, in The Merck Veterinary Manual 11 Edition; online edition April 2015.
Buur JL, Diniz PVP, Roderick KV, KuKanich B, Tegzes JH. Pharmacokinetics of N-acetylcysteine after oral and intravenous administration to healthy cats. Am J Vet Res 2013; 74 (2): 290-93.
Pierce, K.V., Rush, J.E., Freeman, L.M., Cunningham, S.M. and Yang, V.K. (2017), Association between Survival Time and Changes in NT-proBNP in Cats Treated for Congestive Heart Failure. J Vet Intern Med, 31: 678–684.