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Their Hearts Are In It

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A newly formed group of board certified veterinary cardiologists has united to develop a library of cardiology resources and guidelines for veterinarians in general practice. The non-profit Cardiac Education Group (CEG) is committed to providing educational resources and information on the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in dogs and cats. It’s comprised of six independent veterinary cardiologists from both academia and private practice: Dr. John Bonagura, Dr. Whit Church, Dr. Sonya Gordon, Dr. Rebecca Stepien, Dr. Michael Luethy and Dr. Alan Spier.

As part of its objective, the CEG has created a website featuring interactive learning tools that allow users to see, hear and review diagnostic test results as they relate to clinical cases. Audio and video resources, including heart sounds and an interactive X-ray viewer, provide hands-on learning opportunities, and downloadable guidelines are available on how to treat dogs affected with heart disease. The site also provides veterinarians with the opportunity to earn CE credits through RACEapproved coursework.

The CEG is currently funded through non-directed educational grants from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., and IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. cardiaceducationgroup.org