Dr. Sara Cavanaugh


Dr. Sarah Cavanaugh received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and then earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University. After graduation, Dr. Cavanaugh completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Then, Dr. Cavanaugh completed a residency in cardiology and Master of Science at Colorado State University and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialty of Cardiology. Dr. Cavanaugh practiced small animal cardiology in Denver, Colorado and then Fort Myers, Florida prior to joining the faculty at RUSVM in 2017. 


  1. Woo KMT, Barron GH, Daugherty AL, Woo JMP, Kehoe SP, Aguilar LAB, Cavanaugh SMCardiac Silhouette Measurements in Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus). In press. Am J Vet Res. 
  2. Cavanaugh SM, Cavanaugh RC, Gilbert GE, Leavitt E, Ketzis J, Vieira AB. Amino acid concentrations and echocardiographic findings in dogs fed a commercial plant-based diet. AbstractACVIM Forum Proceedings. 2019. 
  3. Scruggs SMRishniw M. Dermatologic adverse effect of subcutaneous furosemide administration in a dog. J Vet Intern Med27(5): 1248-50, 2013. 
  4. Scruggs SM, Bright JM. Chronic cardiac tamponade in a cat caused by an intrapericardial cyst. J Feline Med Surg  12(4): 338-340, 2010. 
  5. Scruggs SM,Disatian S, Orton EC. Serotonin transmembrane transporter is down-regulated in late-stage canine degenerative mitral valve disease. J Vet Cardiol12(3): 163-169, 2010. 
  6. Scruggs SM, Mama K, Bright J, Zirofsky D. Accelerated idioventricular rhythm after propofol induction in a dog undergoing ocular surgery. Vet Anaesth Analg 37(4): 385-386, 2010.