Cardiology, the clinical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the heart/vascular system, is governed by The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialty of Cardiology (ACVIM Cardiology). The ACVIM Cardiology is responsible for establishing training requirements, evaluating and accrediting training programs, as well as 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 graduating from veterinary school, and pass a series of rigorous examinations administered by the ACVIM. 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 LSU Cardiology Services has one board certified veterinary cardiologist on staff and a cardiology resident.
How To Make A Cardiology Appointment
Please phone (225) 578-9600 to make an appointment. Primary appointments, appointments by referral, and second opinions are seen daily Monday-Friday. Breed-related certifications for congenital heart disease are also available. Appointments are generally seen from 9 AM - 1 PM, Monday-Friday.
After hours, a veterinarian is on duty to accept triage and manage emergency cases that present to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Emergencies are seen 24 hours a day.
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone (225) 578-9600
Fax (225) 578-8477