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 three 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 two board certified veterinary cardiologists on staff and a veterinary technician.