Small Animal Cardiology

Online Learning Programme

The Cardiology Online Learning Postgraduate Certificate 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 electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation, film reading and hands-on echocardiography.

This programme contains 14 mandatory modules with 3 optional practical on-site sessions at the end of the course. You can choose to attend these hands-on modules which will cover ECG, thoracic radiography, and echocardiography. For those completing the full Cardiology Programme, you can purchase these modules at an exclusive price. For more information click on the tab Optional Modules.

Providing a logical approach to even the most complex cases, this programme will provide the basis for renewed clinical enthusiasm and satisfaction. The structured content covers all aspects of cardiology giving you the skills to confidently investigate, diagnose, and treat your cardiac patients utilising our world-leading learning management system.

The Cardiology Programme grants you the possibility of obtaining an ISVPS General Practitioner Certificate and Postgraduate Certificate in partnership with Harper Adams University.

Take this opportunity and access the most comprehensive cardiology training whilst working around your busy practice life.

Key features of this programme:

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14 varied modules

Covering key clinical subjects in veterinary cardiology delivered over 2 years 

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Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is recognised in their subject field

The specialist in the subject area will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions 

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Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors 

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Know-How

Join the global veterinary online CPD specialists and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources 

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100% online

Giving you access 24/7 via our world-leading Learning Management Platform 

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Dedicated Programme Coordinator

A dedicated Programme Coordinator who will support you every step of the way 

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3 optional hands-on modules

You can choose to attend 3 optional practical modules at the end of your programme, covering ECG and Thoracic Radiography and Echocardiography  

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Leading online learning experience

Presentations, written notes, diagrams, interactive quizzes and exercises test your knowledge as you work 

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Recognised Course Director

Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS, oversees the program ensuring the latest Cardiology content 

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Four sessions per month

Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month. Sessions comprise separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace 

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Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments encourage you to reflect on your learning and evaluate your progress 

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Interactive and engaging modules

Which allow you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment  

Programme Details:

Modules summary
  1. The Cardiac Patient 
  2. Anatomy and Physiology 
  3. Thoracic Radiography 
  4. ECG and Arrhythmias 
  5. Echocardiography I 
  6. Pathophysiology of Heart Failure 
  7. Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure 
  8. Endocardial Disease 
  9. Myocardial Disease in Dogs 
  10. Feline Cardiomyopathy 
  11. Congenital Heart Disease 
  12. Echocardiography II 
  13. Cardiac Neoplasia and Pericardial Disease 
  14. The Fainting Patient and Cardiovascular Manifestations of Systemic Disease 

Optional three practical attendance modules which can be taken at the end of the programme: 

  1. ECG and Thoracic Radiography 
  2. Echocardiography I 
  3. Echocardiography II 
Qualifications

Our Cardiology Online Learning Programme offers you a comprehensive range of structured learning with the ultimate flexibility to access the training you want whilst working around your busy practice life. 
You can let the Programme give you new knowledge and skills to take back to practice, or you can work towards a recognised qualification. 

General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) 

By attending the full online structured programme and following successful assessment, including an exam, you can gain the GPCert awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS). 
Only registered veterinary surgeons who have been qualified for one year can apply to undertake a General Practitioner Certificate. 

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) 

A route to a PgC in Cardiology is available through our partnership with Harper Adams University (HAU). 
The PgC is a recognised higher education qualification demonstrating that you have achieved the required standard within a designated subject. The qualification represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. Additional assessments will be necessary to apply for this route; please contact us for further information. 
Please see our pricing table for GPCert and PgC fees in the pricing tab. 

RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status 

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 in the RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes. You will also need to provide evidence of Key Professional Skills knowledge to the RCVS when applying for the Advanced Practitioner Status.  

Optional Modules

At the end of your Cardiology Online Learning Programme, you can choose to book the three optional attendance practical modules.  

For those wanting to book the full Cardiology Programme, these modules will be available at an exclusive price and you can book these at a later date by contacting your Programme Tutor. However, we will also be opening these up to our wider veterinary community so please let us know as soon as possible, so we can guarantee your place! 

Entry Requirements

Initial registration for the optional practical attendance modules is open on a first come first serve basis to participants booking onto the Small Animal Cardiology Programme. Any bookings made thereafter will be subject to review and acceptance. Improve International has the right to refuse a booking if it does not meet the entry requirements stated above. Please contact us for further information. 

Benefits

Benefits for you:

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Progress your career and achieve academic recognition

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Develop a logical approach to cases and problem solving
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Grow your small animal caseload and revenue stream
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Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with more complex cases

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Recognised programmes for application to the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

Benefits for your clients:

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Accelerated diagnosis
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Improve animal care

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Increase in treatment options
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Reassure your client that their pet is in safe hands

Benefits for your practice:

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Increase practice revenues

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Improve productivity

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Reduce external referrals and increased practice capabilities

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Transfer knowledge and skills within practice

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Demonstrate your commitment to enhancing practice standards

Why study with us?
  • Established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons providing the highest quality training programmes
  • Now operating in 20 countries worldwide and various locations in the UK
  • Originators of modular CPD for veterinary professionals and still a company which is run by vets
  • More than 20,000 veterinarians have benefited from our modular training
  • We use world-class speakers to deliver the academic syllabus whilst ensuring content is relevant to practice
  • Our practical training facilities are purpose-built and contain the latest technology
  • Postgraduate programmes accredited by the International School of Veterinary Studies (ISVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University (HAU)

Tutors:

Domingo Casamian

DVM Cert SAM DVC DipECVIM-CA MCRVS

Hannah Stephenson

BVMS (Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS

Ilaria Spalla

DVM PhD MRCVS MVetMed DACVIM DECVIM

Kieran Borgeat

BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC FHEA MRCVS DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)

Pedro Oliveira

DVM MRCVS DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)

Sid Sudunagunta

BVetMed CertAVP(VC) AHEA DipECVIM-CA(Cardiology)
Yolanda Martínez

Yolanda Martínez

DVM, CertVC, DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), MRCVS
Anatomy and Physiology
1 May 2023 | Online

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

Speaker: Yolanda Martínez DVM, CertVC, DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), MRCVS
The Cardiac Patient
1 Jun 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Explore the topic of human perception of health-related quality of life of cardiac patients
  • Appreciate the importance of the 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

Speaker: Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC FHEA MRCVS DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Thoracic Radiography
3 Jul 2023 | Online

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

Speaker: To be confirmed.
ECG and Arrhythmias
1 Sep 2023 | Online

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 radiofrequency ablation

Speaker: Pedro Oliveira DVM MRCVS DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Echocardiography I
2 Oct 2023 | Online

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

Speaker: To be confirmed.
Pathophysiology of Heart Failure
1 Nov 2023 | Online

Key learning objectives:

  • Familiarise yourself with the progressive model of heart failure
  • Transform your understanding of the 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

Speaker: To be confirmed.
Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure
1 Jan 2024 | Online

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

Speaker: Hannah Stephenson BVMS (Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
Endocardial Disease
1 Feb 2024 | Online

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 the clinical management of infective endocarditis

Speaker: To be confirmed.
Myocardial Disease in Dogs
1 Mar 2024 | Online

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 the 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

Speaker: Ilaria Spalla DVM PhD MRCVS MVetMed DACVIM DECVIM
Feline Cardiomyopathy
1 Apr 2024 | Online

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

Speaker: Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC FHEA MRCVS DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Congenital Heart Disease
1 May 2024 | Online

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

Speaker: To be confirmed.
Echocardiography II
3 Jun 2024 | Online

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

Speaker: To be confirmed.
Cardiac Neoplasia and Pericardial Disease
1 Jul 2024 | Online

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

Speaker: Sid Sudunagunta BVetMed CertAVP(VC) AHEA DipECVIM-CA(Cardiology)
The Fainting Patient and Cardiovascular Manifestations of Systemic Disease
2 Sep 2024 | Online

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

Speaker: Domingo Casamian DVM Cert SAM DVC DipECVIM-CA MCRVS

At the end of your Cardiology Online Learning Programme, you can choose to book the three optional attendance practical modules, delivered by Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS details below. These modules will be delivered at our state-of-the-art training venue using the latest equipment and capped to a maximum of 12 delegates. For those wanting to book the full Cardiology Programme, these modules will be at an exclusive price. You can book these at a later date by contacting your Programme Tutor, however, we will also be opening these up to our wider veterinary community so please let us know as soon as possible, so we can guarantee you a place!

Entry Requirements

Initial registration for the Optional Practical Attendance Modules is open on a first come first serve basis to delegates booking onto the Small Animal Cardiology Online Learning Programme until 1st December 2021. Any bookings made thereafter will be subject to review and acceptance. Improve International have the right to refuse a booking if it does not meet the entry requirements stated above. Please contact us for further information.

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Small Animal Cardiology Online Learning Pricing

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GPCert Programme deposit and remaining balance£1,399.00£5,600.00£6,999.00
PgC Programme deposit and remaining balance£1,399.00£7,600.00£8,999.00
All prices exclude VAT
Monthly Payment Options
Programme prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees. PgC option also includes Harper Adams University registration and assessment fees.
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Small Animal Cardiology Online Learning
1 May 2023 – 30 Sep 2024
Elizabeth Bode, Kieran Borgeat, Yolanda Martínez, Domingo Casamian, Pedro Oliveira, Ilaria Spalla, Hannah Stephenson, Jordan Vitt, Brian Scansen, Lance Visser, Sid Sudunagunta, Valentina Palermo, TBC (To Be Confirmed)
GPCert or PgC
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available
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