About Us

Pulse Veterinary Cardiology Services was founded in 2010 by Dr. Kim Hawkes with the goal to provide specialty consulting and point of care imaging services to veterinary practices within Alberta. Pulse is now, with the collaboration of other specialists in radiology, able to grow and offer specialty support to practices in all areas of veterinary imaging.

We pride ourselves in being a grassroots service that strives to enhance continuity, collaboration and communication among our specialists and referring practices. We believe in promoting a personalized approach to assist and understand our clients. We want to provide prompt, accurate answers and build a lasting, valued relationship with you as part of your diagnostic and specialty team.

We are able to offer not only cardiology specialty support, but also general imaging and specialist consulting including telemedicine services.

In an effort to improve services for the practices Pulse has provided mobile cardiology services to, Pulse has expanded and now includes general abdominal ultrasound capabilities with Dr. James Montgomery joining to provide those services on a regularly scheduled and telemedicine basis. Pulse is also now able to offer full cardiac interventional catheterization procedures through our office at Guardian Veterinary Centre. We are excited about this growth and look forward to continued expansion of services to assist our fantastic clients.

Our Team

Dr. Kim Hawkes DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Dr. Hawkes grew up enjoying all that the prairies have to offer. Dr. Hawkes graduated with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 2000.

After graduation, Dr. Hawkes spent four years in private general and emergency practice in Edmonton. She then went on to complete a small animal rotating surgical and medical internship at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Hawkes then completed a three-year cardiology residency at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.

Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Hawkes achieved board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Cardiology subspecialty. Dr. Hawkes’ research has focused on advanced echocardiographic methods of assessing cardiac systolic function. Her areas of special interest include interventional catheterization, advanced echocardiographic assessment of cardiac function, myocardial disease, and cardiac rhythm management.

Dr. Hawkes founded Pulse in 2010 and has been providing cardiology support to practices in the region with Pulse both through her office at Guardian Veterinary Centre and by providing mobile consulting and cardiac imaging. Dr. Hawkes also looks forward to continuing research into assessment and management of cardiac diseases.

On a personal note, Dr. Hawkes has enjoyed competitive obedience, conformation, and field work with her Goldens. Dr. Hawkes especially enjoys spending her time away from work with her best friend and husband, who has supported her throughout their journey that began back in Winnipeg. She also cherishes and enjoys her time with their four wonderful children, and of course the Goldens.

Kim Hawkes

Dr. James Montgomery, DVM, DACVR

Dr. Montgomery completed his undergraduate training at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and History. He pursued his dream of becoming a veterinarian and completed his prerequisites for veterinary school at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

After receiving his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Dr. Montgomery moved to Maine where he worked in small animal private practice in the picturesque Camden/Rockport area. In addition to the demands of veterinary private practice, he pursued his professional interest in nuclear medicine and established a radioiodine treatment center for feline hyperthyroidism.

He then returned to Prince Edward Island where he worked in private practice and served as an anatomy instructor to first year veterinary students. Dr. Montgomery completed a diagnostic imaging residency at North Carolina State University. Dr. Montgomery was an assistant professor of medical imaging at the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine from 2011-2014.

Dr. Montgomery started PVDI, a mobile ultrasound and teleradiology practice to provide a much needed service to Saskatoon and Calgary area veterinarians and their patients. Dr. Montgomery is working on a PhD in synchrotron imaging at the University of Saskatchewan and also works as a teleradiology consultant.

He has a wife, Julia, and they have a cat, Lilly, a dog, Rocket, and two bunnies named Cheddar and Joy. Dr. Montgomery’s hobbies are reading, traveling, hiking and dreaming about having his own airplane.