Dr. Kimberly Hawkes is Guardian’s board-certified small animal cardiologist (DACVIM Cardiology).
What does it mean to be a Board Certified Veterinary Cardiologist?
A veterinary cardiologist is a specialist that has advanced training in the heart and circulatory system following graduation from their veterinary college.
After graduation, the veterinarian must complete a one year rotating internship followed by extensive specialized training in an approved residency training program that takes three to five years. The residency program is an intensive training program that meets the standards of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Cardiology who sets up specific criteria and caseload requirements. This training culminates with a comprehensive examination covering all aspects of veterinary cardiology.
Board certified veterinary cardiologists are an integral part of your animal’s health care team from the time a potential cardiac abnormality is noted. Early diagnosis and appropriate therapy of cardiac conditions helps your animal live a longer and healthier life.
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