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Carley Saelinger, VMD, DACVIM
Carley Saelinger, VMD, DACVIM


Dr. Saelinger is a graduate of The Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University. She obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She then completed a one-year rotating internship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, followed by a cardiology internship and cardiology residency at Louisiana State University from 2008-2012. In 2012, she successfully completed the ACVIM exams and the Cardiology specialty boards to become a Diplomate (Board Certified Cardiologist) of the ACVIM in the specialty of Cardiology.

Her clinical interests include medical and surgical treatment of arrhythmias. She is one of two cardiologists in the United States who specialize in implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) surgery, programming and defibrillation. She also customizes pacemaker programming for individual canine patients. She has vast experience and a long-time special interest in the pathophysiology & treatment of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC) of Boxers and English Bulldogs.

Dr. Saelinger spoke at the AVMA conference in 2019 on cardiac emergencies and provides regular CE locally and nationwide. Her commitment to education is also reflected in the cardiology internship program she has directed since 2012, securing cardiology residencies for 92% of her interns.

Dr. Saelinger was previously department head of cardiology at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center (ASEC) in Los Angeles, CA. Even though she now calls the Bay Area home, she maintains a part time position at ASEC involved in the training of veterinary students and interns and practicing clinical cardiology. She is delighted to practice clinical cardiology at San Francisco Animal Medical Center and get to know the Bay Area pets and their people.

When Dr. Saelinger has free time from keeping pets’ hearts healthy, you can find her doing the same for people. Dr. Saelinger is passionate about fitness and is a certified Spin and Body Pump instructor and favorite hobby is long distance road and mountain biking.