Just as your own primary care physician will sometimes recommend that you see a cardiology specialist for heart related issues, your veterinarian may recommend a referral to a veterinary cardiologist for your pet. Cardiology focuses on the treatment of diseases involving the heart, the great blood vessels of the body and the lungs.
Veterinarians who are board-certified in cardiology receive their certification after completing a minimum of 3 years in a residency program and passing the certification examination from the American College or Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). The ACVIM is sanctioned and supported by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
The residency program for an cardiology specialist candidate includes training and supervision by board certified specialists on a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques such as echocardiography, as well on the treatment and management of conditions such as congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, valvular damage and congenital defects.
Our board-certified cardiologist will work closely with your primary care veterinarian to treat your pet. We may perform complex diagnostics on a difficult case, create a comprehensive treatment plan, develop a plan for long term care, or even offer a second opinion when needed. A team approach is the best way to optimize care for your pet, and communication is key. If you have concerns, talk to your family veterinarian to see if your pet is a candidate for cardiology specialty medicine.