Small Animal Clinical Sciences Faculty

Michele Borgarelli, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECVIM-CA (Cardiology)

Associate Professor
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences


  • 2004
    Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Veterinary Sciences (Cardiology)
  • 1989
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Torino
    Torino, Italy

Board Certification

1999 - European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Companion Animals (Cardiology)

Research Interests & Experience

  • Pathophysiology and treatament of chronic degenerative mitral valve disease in dogs
  • Pulmonary hypertension in patients with left-sided heart disease
  • Advanced echocardiographic imaging
  • Pathophysiology and treatment of chronic heart failure

Professional Experience

  • 2012-present
    Associate Professor, Cardiology
    VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2007-2012
    Associate Professor, Cardiology
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Kansas State University
    Manhattan, KS
  • 2001-2007
    Assistant Professor, Cardiology and Internal Medicine
    Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Torino
  • 1990-2000
    Cardiology and internal medicine consultant
    Clinica Veterinaria Valsusa
    Avigliana, TO, Italy

Honors & Awards

1999 - Prize for best article in European Journal Companion Animal Practice, "Ultrasonographic evaluation of gastrointestinal tract part I and II"

Professional Memberships

  • European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
  • Italian Society of Veterinary Cardiology

Selected Publications

  1. Wesselowski S., Borgarelli M.*, Menciotti G., Abbott J.A. Echocardiographic anatomy of the mitral valve in healthy dogs and dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease. J Vet Cardiol, 2015 May 20 pii: S1760-2734(15)00020-X. doi:10.1016/j.jvc.2015.01.003. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Borgarelli M., Abbott J., Braz-Ruivo L., Chiavegato D., Crosara S., Lamb K., Ljungvall I., Poggi M., Santilli R.A., Haggstrom J. Prevalence and prognostic importance of echocardiographically identified pulmonary hypertension in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease. J Vet Int Med, 2015: 29(2):569-574
  3. Wesselowski S, Borgarelli M*, Bello NM, Abbott J. Discrepancies in identification of left atrial enlargement using left atrial volume versus left atrial-to-aortic root ratio in dogs. J Vet Int Med, 2014; 28(5): 1527-1533
  4. Ferasin L, Crews L, Biller DS, Lamb KE, Borgarelli M.*. Risk factors for coughing in dogs with naturally acquired myxomatous mitral valve disease. J Vet Intern Med, 2013; 27(2): 286-292
  5. Borgarelli M., Crosara S., Lamb K., Savarino P., La Rosa G., Tarducci A., Haggstrom J. Survival characteristics and prognostic variables of dogs with preclinical chronic degenerative mitral valve disease attributable to myxomatous degeneration. J Vet Int Med 2012; 26(1): 69-75
  6. Borgarelli M, Tursi M, La Rosa G, Savarino P, Galloni M. Mitral valve anatomy in normal dogs: an anatomical , histological and 2-d echocardiographic study. Am J Vet Res 2011; 72(9): 1186-1192