Veterinary cardiologists at North Carolina State University unveiled today a Web-based resource to help veterinarians and pet owners across United States support dogs and cats with heart disease.
The N.C. State Cardiology Care Network, developed by clinicians with the Cardiology Service at N.C. State’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), provides a range of educational tools, advanced diagnostics, consultative services and treatment options to improve the lives of dogs and cats with various heart conditions.
“The cardiology care network is the first of its kind for veterinary patients,” said Dr. Bruce Keene, a professor of cardiology at N.C. State. “We designed the network to serve as a personalized resource for veterinarians and their clients with the goal of improving both the inpatient and outpatient management of pets with heart disease.”
Veterinarians who participate in the network will have the opportunity to work closely with the VTH Cardiology Service team to develop individual treatment plans that offer the best “therapeutic fit” for both patients and pet owners. The network team will coordinate with the consulting veterinarian and pet owner to access advanced cardiac services.
The network offers:
• Access to the proprietary online cardiovascular drug and dosage calculator;
• Telephone and e-consultation with the cardiology team;
• Referrals to the Cardiology Service when appropriate, including the Heart Failure Clinic;
• Coordinated follow-up care between the Cardiology Service and referring practices;
• Access to clinical trials for appropriate patients; and
• Continuing cardiology education.
The N.C. State Cardiology Care Network was made possible in part by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.