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Emily Tompkins Karlin - DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Emily Karlin enjoys all aspects of cardiology, including everything from evaluation of puppies and kittens with congenital heart disease to long-term management older animals with acquired heart disease. She also enjoys seeing horses and exotic pets. The relationships formed with patients and clients are some of the most rewarding parts of her job.   

Dr. Karlin grew up on a farm in Massachusetts and always wanted to be either a veterinarian or a teacher. At Tufts she gets to do both of those things! Her dog “Little Dog” also loves helping veterinary students learn skills like how to do physical examinations and brief heart ultrasounds.


  • DVM – Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 2008
  • BA – Bowdoin College, 2003

Board Certification

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Cardiology

General Research Interests

  • Degenerative mitral valve disease
  • TMAO and the relationship between GI bacteria and systemic disease
  • Heart failure

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Chronic heart failure management  
  • Approaches to clinical teaching and learning
  • Optimizing at-home care for patients with heart disease
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and dietary influences


Veterinary cardiology

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Echocardiography
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Radiography
  • Cardiac catheterization (fluoroscopy)
  • Pacemaker placement
  • ICU care including oxygen supplementation and continuous telemetry monitoring
  • Holter monitoring, event monitoring, implantable loop recorders
  • CT
  • Nuclear scintigraphy