Just like in human medicine, veterinarians look to experts in their field for guidance, especially in specialty areas like cardiology. These experts often join together in groups to discuss important topics and developments in their particular area of veterinary medicine.
The American College of Veterinary Medicine (ACVIM) is a trusted source in the veterinary community. They formed a consensus panel of experts in the specialty of cardiology and created guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of valvular heart disease.1 These guidelines were then shared with other members of ACVIM to gain additional input.
Finally, the ACVIM published their guidelines for all veterinarians to view in the well-known Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Click here to read about the 2009 guidelines for treatment of canine valvular heart disease.