The Cardiology Service at NC State Veterinary Hospital offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to clients whose animals are suspected of having heart disease.
What is a board certified cardiologist and why should I see one?
Cardiology is the clinical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of heart and large blood vessel diseases. The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialty of Cardiology (ACVIM Cardiology) is the recognized governing body for the specialty, and is responsible for establishing training requirements, evaluating and accrediting training programs, and examining and certifying veterinary cardiologists.
Board-certified veterinary cardiologists have the designation, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology). In order to gain board certification in cardiology, a licensed veterinarian must first complete a minimum of 3 years of accredited advanced training after graduation from veterinary school, and pass a series of rigorous examinations administered by the ACVIM. The specialty examination and certification process is beyond and not related to the National or State Board of Veterinary Practice licensing exams. As part of their training program, board certified veterinary cardiologists receive specific and extensive training in a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques (including echocardiography and angiography), as well as interventional and medical treatments for heart and vascular diseases. The NCSU Cardiology Service has 4 board certified veterinary cardiologists on staff, and is an accredited residency training center of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialty of Cardiology.
We want our clients to participate fully in their pet's medical care and encourage them to ask questions whenever they need information clarified. The discharge instructions provided when the patient goes home will contain detailed instructions including medication dosage information. Clients should make sure they are aware of any potential side effects from the medications prescribed. Anytime questions arise after the patient is discharged, clients are encouraged to contact us.