Dr. Sophy A. Jesty has joined Charleston Veterinary Referral Center as leader of the cardi- ology department. She has 10 years of experience. Previously, she was an associate professor of cardiology at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and was staff cardiologist and medical director at a private referral hospital in New York City. She has a doc- torate in veterinary medicine from Cornell University.

Officials from the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) recently launched a corporate partnership with Pet Helpers, a not-for-profit, no-kill shelter, adoption center, and spay and neuter clinic on James Island, South Carolina. 

The center will give the shelter financial backing, and will work with shelter staff to offer free emergency and specialized services to pets being cared for there. 

The CVRC is a longtime supporter of Pet Helpers. With the new partnership, animals at Pet Helpers will have even more of CVRC's resources available to them. 

The Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) – a premier advanced-care veterinary hospital in the region – is pleased to announce its continued expansion with the appointment of board-certified veterinary cardiologist Sophy A. Jesty, DVM, DACVIM.

Dr. Jesty has spent 10 years in the field of veterinary cardiology and has extensive experience in electrocardiographic and radiographic interpretation and cardiac ultrasonography. She has also completed hundreds of catheterization lab procedures such as pacemaker implantation, heartworm retrieval, PDA closure, and balloon dilation valvuloplasty. In addition to clinical cardiology, Dr. Jesty has an interest in exercise physiology, as it relates to the cardiac system.

The CVRC nursing staff is truly the backbone of our hospital. And lucky for the pets of the Lowcountry, we continually attract exceptional ones! CVRC is thrilled to welcome Casey Harding to our emergency and critical care departments nursing staff. Casey has an extensive background in veterinary emergency and critical care and joins us from an emergency and specialty hospital in Indiana.

Dr. Samantha Nelson has joined the surgery unit at the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. She has experience with cranial cruciate ligament injury in dogs and specializes in trauma, oncology and minimally invasive procedures. Previously, she was a staff surgeon at the Veterinary Specialists of Western New York. She has a degree in veterinary medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

By Alan Green and Sean Ellison

For all of us, understanding and being knowledgeable of the environment we live in allows us to enjoy its beauty, while remaining respectful of the dangers. There is nothing more representative of this statement than the sago palm, a common and ubiquitous member of our surroundings in the Lowcountry. It is an honor this month to introduce Dr. Sean Ellison, DVM. Dr. Ellison is an important member of the CVRC Emergency and Critical Care team. He provides us important information about sago palm toxicity.

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