I am Dr. Jonathan Lichtenberger, Veterinarian and Board-Certified Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology (DACVIM - Cardiology).
Originally from France, I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the École Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort in 2012. I then completed a one-year rotating internship at Oregon State University followed by a 4-year combined Master of Science and residency (specialty training) in Veterinary Cardiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. During that time, I received extensive training in multiple aspects of veterinary cardiology, including advanced echocardiography (cardiac imaging), electrocardiography (evaluation of heart rhythm disorders), and interventional cardiology (minimally invasive surgical procedures). I obtained board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2017.
Following my residency, I practiced in Toronto where I became Head of the Cardiology Service in a large multispecialty hospital. It was during a trip to Vancouver Island that my partner and I fell in love with the area and decided to call it home. In October 2022, we moved to Victoria, where I founded Pacific Coast Veterinary Cardiology.
I am excited to bring accessible cardiac care to four-legged patients in Greater Victoria and surrounding areas. I am passionate about all facets of cardiology, including the management of chronic congestive heart failure. Although this is a serious condition, heart failure is not a death sentence anymore, and many patients can be stabilized and live for an extended period of time with a good quality of life.
Aside from clinical practice, I have been involved in several research projects and publications, and I am currently writing two book chapters in veterinary textbooks. I also have a strong interest in cardiology in wild animals and had the chance to volunteer my expertise at the Toronto Zoo for several years.
Outside of veterinary medicine, I spend my time with my partner, our two black pugs Nicolette and Jalna, and Mina the cat. I am looking forward to meeting new people and going on outdoor adventures on Vancouver Island