Cardiology

Postgraduate Certificate

This clinically based programme will address the fundamental principles underlying cardiac disease, discuss common presentations of cardiac disease and thoroughly review current diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.

You will have the opportunity to become fully informed about commonly utilised diagnostic procedures via practical ECG interpretation, film reading and hands on echocardiography. Wherever possible, modules will include an interactive, practical element.

Your learning options: 

  • Extend your knowledge and skills in a specific area, by choosing a single or paired module of your interest
  • Complete the one-year programme (all modules) and achieve the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) and attain 40 academic credits at Masters Level 7
  • Continue on to the second year of the programme to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) that combines the GPCert clinical studies with reflective practice (the Advanced Practitioner Module is 20 academic credits at Masters Level 7.) The PgC is 60 academic credits 
  • After completing your Postgraduate Certificate, you can apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. This is subject to meeting all of the other entry requirements set out by RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes

Inclusive learning support

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A subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts

Access to our online learning management system: Moodle – This provides access to course notes, discussion forums and other study resources, including surgical videos and webinars

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A dedicated Programme Tutor will support every individual during their programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey

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Places on the programme are limited to ensure the best possible learning experience

Practical Modules 

Echocardiography I 

– Develop your understanding of echocardiographic imaging and basic machine settings 
– Familiarise yourself with M-mode, how to interpret what you see and what it can tell you about your patient 
– Review B-mode and the different images used to assess cardiac function at different levels of the heart
– Explore 3D acquisitions and how they can advance your skills in echocardiography
– Practical scanning: Increase your knowledge of ultrasound machine functionality and improve your ability to obtain clear echocardiographic views. 

Echocardiography II

– Develop your understanding of Doppler studies 
– Consolidate your ability to obtain the conventional echocardiographic views
– Recognise the potentials and pitfalls of echocardiographic assessment
– Practical scanning – Review taking repeatable measurements in M-mode and B-mode 

Frequently Asked Questions

Postgraduate Certificates

What is a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)?
What is the criteria for enrolment?
Over what time period can I take the taught modules?
Are Improve’s Postgraduate Certificates academically equivalent to the RCVS CertAVP and other postgraduate certificates?
I have previously achieved a GPCert. Can I use this towards a PgC?
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Where are the taught programmes held?
How are Improve’s PgC programmes different to other providers?
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How will I be assessed?
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The Cardiac Patient

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Explore the topic of human perception of health-related quality of life of cardiac patients
  • Appreciate the importance of best standard of care in veterinary cardiology
  • Collect a directed and targeted patient’s history
  • Recognise clinical signs associated with cardiovascular disorders
  • Become familiar with cardiovascular examination with a particular emphasis on chest percussion techniques and cardiac auscultation.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*9 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Luca Ferasin
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

The Cardiovascular System

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Recall and understand cardiovascular anatomy
  • Revise the embryological development of cardiac structures and how developmental defects can lead to common congenital abnormalities
  • Integrate your knowledge of the cardiac cycle, excitation-contraction and control of cardiac output into your understanding of the cardiovascular system
  • Improve your comprehension of haemodynamics
  • Discover the intricacies of cardiac action potentials

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*10 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Luca Ferasin
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Electrocardiography (ECG)

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Perfect your ability to acquire and analyse Electrocardiograms
  • Recognise tachyarrhythmias, bradyarrhythmias and their clinical significance
  • Understand anti-arrhythmic therapy and your pharmacological options
  • Familiarise yourself with pacemaker therapy
  • Consider Electrophysiological studies and radio frequency ablation

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*23 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Pedro Oliveira
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Thoracic Radiography

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Review how to obtain thoracic radiographs of diagnostic quality
  • Develop a systematic approach to the interpretation of thoracic radiographs
  • Improve your ability to recognise radiographic signs of congestive heart failure
  • Review non-cardiac radiographic abnormalities of the thorax and common artefacts
  • Explore selective and non-selective angiography as an investigative tool

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*24 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Pedro Oliveira
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Echocardiography I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop your understanding of echocardiographic imaging and basic machine settings
  • Familiarise yourself with M-mode, how to interpret what you see and what it can tell you about your patient
  • Review B-mode and the different images used to assess cardiac function at different levels of the heart
  • Explore 3D acquisitions and how they can advance your skills in echocardiography
  • Practical Scanning:
    • Revise your knowledge of ultrasound machine functionality: buttons and probes
    • Improve your ability to obtain clear echocardiographic views

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*26 May 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Pedro Oliveira
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Echocardiography II

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Develop your understanding of Doppler studies (CW, PW, HPRF, Colour)
  • Consolidate your ability to obtain the conventional echocardiographic views
  • Recognise the potentials and pitfalls of echocardiographic assessment
  • Practical Scanning:
    • Review taking repeatable measurements in M-mode and B-mode

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*27 May 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Pedro Oliveira
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Pathophysiology of Heart Failure

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Familiarise yourself with the progressive model of heart failure
  • Transform your understanding of activation of the sympathetic nervous system
  • Revise activation of the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone system
  • Understand alterations in the peripheral vasculature
  • Develop your knowledge of the complexity of myocardial remodelling and reversed remodelling

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*27 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Andrew Francis
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the classification systems of heart failure in veterinary cardiology
  • Recognise clinical manifestations of acute and chronic heart failure
  • Improve your management of acute heart failure cases
  • Maximise longevity with better management of chronic heart failure
  • Advance your ability to manage refractory heart failure patients

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*28 Jul 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Andrew Francis
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Endocardial Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the aetiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of chronic myxomatous valve disease (MMVD)
  • Improve your skills in staging patients with MMVD
  • Advance your clinical management of MMVD
  • Develop your knowledge of the aetiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of infective endocarditis
  • Become familiar with clinical management of infective endocarditis

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*23 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Andrew Francis
Available*28 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Andrew Francis
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Cardiac Tumours and Pericardial Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the classification and clinical presentation of intracavitary and extracavitary cardiac tumours
  • Become familiar with the management of primary cardiac tumours
  • Revise the anatomy and physiology of the pericardium
  • Understand the aetiology and pathophysiology of pericardial effusion and tamponade
  • Transform your ability to manage clinical cases of pericardial effusion

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*24 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Chris Linney
Available*29 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Chris Linney
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Canine Myocardial Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Enhance your understanding of the aetiology and breed predisposition of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Consolidate your knowledge of the clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis of canine DCM
  • Become familiar with clinical management of occult and overt canine DCM
  • Understand the pathophysiology and management of canine tachycardiomyopathy
  • Improve your familiarity with the aetiology and management of myocarditis

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*7 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon José Novo Matos
Available*19 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon José Novo Matos
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Congenital Abnormalities

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Review the pathophysiology and clinical management of patent ductus arteriosus
  • Understand pathophysiology and clinical management of pulmonic and aortic stenosis
  • Develop your understanding of the pathophysiology and clinical management of mitral and tricuspid dysplasia
  • Perfect your clinical management of ventricular and atrial septal defects by fully comprehending the pathophysiology of these conditions
  • Become familiar with advanced techniques for diagnosis and treatment of cardiac congenital defects

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*8 Nov 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon José Novo Matos
Available*20 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon José Novo Matos
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Feline Myocardial Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the complexity and limits of feline cardiomyopathy (CM) classification
  • Review the pathophysiology of feline CM
  • Become familiar with clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis of feline CM
  • Transform your management of feline CM and arterial thromboembolism in your clinic

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*2 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Luca Ferasin
Available*7 Dec 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Luca Ferasin
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

The Fainting Patient and Cardiovascular Manifestations of Systemic Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Differentiate syncope from other causes of falling
  • Understand and manage episodic falling and “exercise-induced collapse”
  • Successfully investigate fainting patients
  • Become familiar with available diagnostic techniques and therapies for fainting
  • Pathophysiology and management of:
    • Systemic hypertension
    • Pulmonary hypertension

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*3 Dec 2019 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Luca Ferasin
Available*8 Dec 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Luca Ferasin
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Cardiology Pricing

Booking Options

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Full Course £7,995.00 £0.00 £7,995.00
Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments £625.00 £995.00 £8,495.00
Deposit and Payment in Full £7,000.00 £995.00 £7,995.00

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  1. A non-refundable initial payment is due on registration. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  3. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS and Harper Adams University.
  4. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  5. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

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  1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
  3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.
  4. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.

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