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Team effort behind dog's open-heart surgery

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A TEAM at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has successfully carried out open-heart surgery to treat a stenotic tricuspid valve in a three-year-old labrador.

The dog, called Mabel, was suffering from congenital tricuspid dysplasia; the tricuspid valve in the heart was completely fused in the middle, with just two small openings allowing blood to flow through.

RVC students helped with the initial examinations of Mabel, allowing them first-hand insight into the subsequent procedure. Also involved were members of the college's cardiology team. The open-heart surgery was performed by Dan Brockman, professor …

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