What is a Veterinary Cardiologist?
Veterinary cardiologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the heart and lungs. They are particularly skilled at understanding the status of your pet’s disease and can help you make the best decisions to maximize both quality and length of your pet’s life. They have in-depth experience handling the diagnostic equipment and procedural options for patients including temporary and permanent pacemaker implantations, loop recorder placements as well as both diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization. VETMED utilizes many of the same diagnostic tools as our human counterparts, for example, a dedicated cardiac ultrasound machine, telemetric monitoring equipment, blood pressure, and EKG’s.
VETMED’s catheterization laboratory allows for fluoroscopic guidance of minimally invasive interventional procedures performed for both congenital and acquired cardiac conditions. Patients benefit from some of the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures available.
A veterinary cardiologist must undergo additional training after veterinary school in order to become board-certified. This training consists of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that must meet guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). During their residency program, there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research, publish in a scientific journal, and pass a rigorous certification examination.
Cardiac Interventional Procedures
VETMED offers additional diagnostic and procedural options for patients including temporary and permanent pacemaker implantations, loop recorder placements, and diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization.
VETMED’s cardiac catheterization lab is located within a fully functional surgical suite and is equipped with high resolution advanced pressure fluoroscopy monitoring.
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Damage to the Heart Muscle or Valves
- Coughing and Breathing Problems
- Congenital (Present at Birth) Defects
- Cardiac Rhythm Abnormalities
- Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Catheterization
- Echocardiography Holter Monitoring
- Pacemaker Implantation
- Invasive and Non-Invasive
Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Cardiac Biomarker Analysis
- Heartworm Therapy
- Loop Recorder Implantation