Xavier Navarro-Cubas

Head of Service - Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology Service

Xavier Navarro-Cubas - Head of Service - Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology Service
Xavier Navarro-Cubas Ldo.Vet. DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), MRCVS Head of Service - Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology Service

Xavier graduated from the University Cardenal Herrera-CEU (Valencia, Spain) in 2005. After completing a rotating general internship at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2008 he moved to the UK, where he continued his training with another rotating internship at the University of Glasgow and a specific internship in Cardiopulmonary medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Xavier completed his residency in Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Liverpool in 2016, and became a European Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology in 2019.

Following his training in Cardiology and prior to joining Blaise Veterinary Referrals, Xavier worked as a lecturer at the University of Liverpool and at the Royal Veterinary College, and worked also as a Cardiology clinician at a private referral hospital in the south of England. His main clinical interests are the diagnosis and management of cardiomyopathies and congenital cardiac diseases, with special interest in interventional cardiology.

Xavier says, “As a clinical cardiologist, I enjoy the balance between medical cardiology and interventional cardiology as well as always enjoying the challenge of managing complex cardiac emergencies".

In his spare time Xavier enjoys spending time with his family and friends, taking trips with his motorbike and is an avid sports fan.

See below for Publications


Use of the Functional Evaluation of Cardiac Health questionnaire to assess health-related quality of life before and after mitral valve repair in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease. Pennington C., Kurosawa TA., Navarro-Cubas X., Bristow P. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2022 May 20;260(14):1806-1812. doi:10.2460/javma.22.02.0053

Cor triatriatum dexter of unusual morphology in a miniature schnauzer. Partington C., Neves J., Navarro-Cubas X., Schiborra F., Dukes-McEwan J. Journal of Veterinary Cardology 2022 June (41): 165-171. doi: 10.1016/j.jvc.2022.02.009. Epub 2022 Mar 4. PMID: 35366638

Surgical Management of Three Dogs with an Interatrial Communication and Atrioventricular Valve Abnormalities. Seo J, Kurosawa TA, Luis Fuentes V, Navarro-Cubas X, Bristow P, Ghez O, Brockman DJ. CASE (Phila). 2021 June 18;5(4):252-259. doi: 10.1016/j.case.2021.05.002. eCollection 2021 Aug. PMID: 34430777

ECG of the Month. Prado-Checa I, Vet L, Navarro-Cubas X, Vet L. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 2021 Sep 1;259(5):479-481. doi: 10.2460/javma.259.5.479. PMID: 34388013

Interventricular Septal Hematoma Associated with Surgical Mitral Valve Repair in Four Dogs. Kurosawa TA, Bristow P, Navarro-Cubas X, Brockman D, Luis Fuentes V. CASE (Phila). 2020 Dec 1;5(1):43-47. doi: 10.1016/j.case.2020.11.001. eCollection 2021 Feb. PMID: 33644513

Low plasma taurine levels in English cocker spaniels diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. Basili M, Pedro B, Hodgkiss-Geere H, Navarro-Cubas X, Graef N, Dukes-McEwan J. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2021 Jul;62(7):570-579. doi: 10.1111/jsap.13306. Epub 2021 Feb 16. PMID: 33594697

Increased insulin-like growth factor 1 concentrations in a retrospective population of non-diabetic cats diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Steele MM, Borgeat K, Payne JR, Coss P, Navarro-Cubas X, Church DB, Niessen SJ, Connolly DJ. J Feline Med Surg. 2021 Oct;23(10):952-958. doi: 10.1177/1098612X20987995. Epub 2021 Feb 5. PMID: 33541239

Tricuspid valve dysplasia: A retrospective study of clinical features and outcome in dogs in the UK. Navarro-Cubas X., Palermo V., French A., Culshaw G. Open Veterinary Journal (2017), Vol. 7(4): 349-359. doi: 10.4314/ovj.v7i4.11. Epub 2017 Dec 9.

Cytological diagnosis of cardiac masses with ultrasound guided fine needle aspirates. Pedro B, Linney C, Navarro-Cubas X, Stephenson H, Dukes-McEwan J, Gelzer A.R, Kraus M.S. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology 2016 Mar;18(1):47-56. doi: 10.1016/j.jvc.2015.09.002. Epub 2015 Dec 9.

Comparison between echocardiographic and non-ECG-gated CT measurements in dogs. P. Laborda Vidal, T.W. Maddox, J. Navarro-Cubas, J. Dukes-McEwan, J.F. McConnell. Veterinary Record 2015 Mar 28;176(13):335. doi: 10.1136/vr.102724. Epub 2015 Feb 18.

Steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis with spontaneous echocardiographic contrast and elevated cardiac troponin I in a dog. Navarro-Cubas, J; Bell, R; Wotton, PR; Gutierrez-Quintana, R; McLauchlan, G.  Veterinary Record 2011 Nov 12;169(20):527. doi: 10.1136/vr.d5511. Epub 2011 Sep 23.

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