Jessica Ward

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
Assistant Professor
2514 Lloyd
Education & Certifications  
  • BS (Biology, Biological Anthropology): Duke University, 2005
  • DVM: North Carolina State University, 2011
  • Small Animal Rotating Internship: Ohio State University, 2012
  • Cardiology Residency: North Carolina State University, 2015
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology), 2015
  • VCS 475: Clinical cardiology elective rotation
  • VCS 444: Small animal medicine
  • VCS 403: Clinical cardiology elective course
Research Focus & Interests  
  • Small animal clinical cardiology
  • Lung ultrasound for the emergency diagnosis of congestive heart failure
  • Cardiovascular effects of glucocorticoids (steroids)
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning       
  • University: Iowa State University Presidential Search and Screen Committee (CVM Representative)
  • Specialty college: ACVIM Cardiology Forum Subcommittee (Chair)
  • Department (Veterinary Clinical Sciences): 
    • House Officer Committee (Chair)
    • Cardiology Service Leader
    • Cardiology Faculty Search Committee (Chair)
    • Clinical Year Education Program Visiting Scholar Committee (Member)
    • International Veterinary Education Committee (Member)
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Iowa Veterinary Medical Association
  • American College of Cardiology
Selected Publications  

For a full listing of publications, please follow link to Dr. Ward's Google Scholar profile

Ward JL, Lisciandro GR, DeFrancesco TD. Distribution of alveolar-interstitial syndrome in dyspneic veterinary patients assessed by lung ultrasound versus thoracic radiographs. J Vet Emerg Crit Care 2018 [Epub ahead of print].

Masters AK, Berger DJ, Ware WA, Langenfeld NR, Coetzee JF, Mochel JP, Ward JL. Effects of short-term anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid treatment on clinicopathologic, echocardiographic, and hemodynamic variables in systemically healthy dogs. Am J Vet Res 2018;79:411-423.

Ward JL, Lisciandro GR, Keene BW, Tou SP, DeFrancesco TC. Accuracy of point-of-care lung ultrasound for the diagnosis of cardiogenic pulmonary edema in dogs and cats with acute dyspnea. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2017;250(6):666-675.

Ward JL, DeFrancesco TC, Tou SP, Atkins CE, Griffith EH, Keene BW. Outcome and survival in canine sick sinus syndrome and sinus node dysfunction: 93 cases (2002-2014). J Vet Cardiol 2016;18(3):199-212.

Palerme JS, Jones A, Ward JL, Balakrishnan N, Breitschwerdt EB, Keene BW. Infective endocarditis in 13 cats. J Vet Cardiol 2016:18(3):213-225.

McLaughlin AC, Ward JL, Keene BW. Development of a veterinary surgical checklist. Erg Design 2016;24:27-34.

Ward JL, Defrancesco TC, Tou SP, Atkins CE, Griffith E, Keene BW. Complication rates associated with transvenous pacemaker implantation in dogs with high-grade atrioventricular block performed during versus after normal business hours. J Vet Int Med 2015;29(1):157-63.

Ward JL, Schober KE, Luis-Fuentes V, Bonagura JD. Effects of sedation on echocardiographic variables of left atrial and left ventricular function in healthy cats. J Feline Med Surg 2012;14(10):678-685.