Why a Board-Certified Veterinary Cardiology Specialist? All general practitioners have completed a minimum of two to four years of undergraduate schooling and four vigorous years of veterinary school to achieve the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent (VMD) degree. A veterinary cardiologist has completed an additional three to four years of post veterinary medical training to become specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the companion animal heart. This training often includes either a one-year rotating internship or two years of general practice followed by several years of specialized residency training under the direct supervision of board-certified veterinary cardiologists. During this rigorous training process a resident is required to complete at least 400 new echocardiograms, as well as specific minimally invasive fluoroscopic procedures, including but not limited to transvenous pacemaker implantation, balloon valvuloplasty, PDA ductal occlusion, heartworm retrieval, endomyocardial biopsies and basic angiography. Board certification/diplomate (DACVIM) status is achieved by successfully completing an approved cardiology residency, passing an extensive credentials packet, passing a general internal medicine examination and finally, passing the cardiology board certification examination. At the current time, there are less than 250 board-certified veterinary cardiologists across the United States.
How do I schedule an appointment with Heart to Heart for my pet? Routine Patients Our mobile cardiology service is available for patients that are clinically doing well but need to be evaluated prior to receiving anesthesia, due to a new physical exam finding (murmur) or prior to breeding. If your pet is in need of routine diagnostics, please have your veterinarian contact us to schedule an appointment. Your pet will be examined in the convince and comfort of your veterinarian's office. If timing or scheduling is an issue, routine patients are always welcome at any of the specialty care centers through which we provide services. Owners can contact these facilities directly to schedule an appointment for their pet. Please see our schedule for more details.
Clinically Ill (sick) Patients and Patients Maintaining Chronic Disease For those patients who are clinically ill (sick) or are under long-term care to manage their cardiac disease and need more extensive diagnostics, there are two specialty facilities throughout the northeastern Ohio-area Heart to Heart offers care through. Our services are available on a regular schedule at these specialty hospitals. Please see our schedule for more details. Critical (intensive care) Patients Unfortunately, sometimes patients become critically ill and in need of extensive diagnostics, close monitoring, IV drug therapy and oxygen therapy. These can only be offered in a hospital setting. Our critical cardiac patients in need of hospitalization are admitted for intensive care in Akron, OH at MedVet Akron (formerly known as Akron Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center).