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 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

All delegates will receive a subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts.

Our online learning management system: Moodle – Provides access to course notes, discussion forums and other study resources, including surgical videos and webinars.

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

Attendance on the taught modules is:

9.30am – 5.00pm

The Cardiac Patient

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Recognise 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 and blood pressure measurement techniques

When

Where

Speaker

29 Jan 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Luca Ferasin

The Cardiovascular System

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand cardiovascular anatomy and its diversity amongst species
  • Recognise major embryological processes that can lead to common congenital abnormalities
  • Cardiac cycle, excitation-contraction and control of cardiac output
  • Haemodynamics and endothelial functions
  • Understand cardiac action potentials and arrhythmogenesis

When

Where

Speaker

30 Jan 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Luca Ferasin

Electrocardiography (ECG)

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand ECG acquisition and analysis
  • Recognise tachyarrhythmias, bradyarrhythmias and their clinical significance
  • Understand anti-arrhythmic therapy
  • Become familiar with pacemaker therapy
  • Electrophysiological studies and radio frequency ablation

When

Where

Speaker

19 Mar 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Pedro Oliveira

Thoracic Radiography

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Obtain thoracic radiographs of diagnostic quality
  • Become familiar with interpretation of normal thoracic radiographs
  • Recognise signs of congestive heart failure
  • Recognise non-cardiac radiographic abnormalities of the thorax and common artefacts
  • Become familiar with selective and non-selective angiography

When

Where

Speaker

20 Mar 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Pedro Oliveira

Echocardiography I

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand echocardiographic imaging and basic machine settings
  • M-mode, B-mode and 3D acquisitions
  • Practical: scanning

When

Where

Speaker

29 May 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Pedro Oliveira

Echocardiography II

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand Doppler studies (CW, PW, HPRF, Colour)
  • All conventional echocardiographic views
  • Understand potentials and pitfalls of echocardiographic assessment
  • Practical: scanning

When

Where

Speaker

30 May 2018 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Pedro Oliveira

Pathophysiology of Heart Failure

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • The progressive model of heart failure
  • Understand activation of sympathetic nervous system
  • Activation of the Renin-Angiotension-Aldosterone system
  • Understand alterations in the peripheral vasculature
  • The complexity of myocardial remodelling and reversed remodelling

When

Where

Speaker

23 Jul 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Andrew Francis

Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand classification systems of heart failure in veterinary cardiology
  • Recognise clinical manifestations of acute and chronic heart failure
  • Become familiar with the management of acute heart failure
  • The management of chronic heart failure
  • The management of refractory heart failure

When

Where

Speaker

24 Jul 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Andrew Francis

Endocardial Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand aetiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of chronic myxomatous valve disease (MMVD)
  • Become familiar with MMVD staging
  • Clinical management of MMVD
  • Understand aetiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of infective endocarditis
  • Become familiar with clinical management of infective endocarditis

When

Where

Speaker

24 Sep 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Andrew Francis

Cardiac Tumours and Pericardial Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand classification and clinical presentation of intracavitary and extracavitary cardiac tumours
  • Become familiar with the management of primary cardiac tumours
  • The anatomy and physiology of the pericardium
  • Understand aetiology and pathophysiology of pericardial effusion and tamponade
  • Become familiar with clinical management of pericardial effusion

When

Where

Speaker

25 Sep 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Chris Linney

Canine Myocardial Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand aetiology and breed predisposition of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • The clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis of canine DCM
  • Become familiar with clinical management of occult and overt canine DCM
  • Understand pathophysiology and management of canine tachycardiomyopathy
  • Aetiology and management of myocarditis

When

Where

Speaker

22 Oct 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Pedro Oliveira

Congenital Abnormalities

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Pathophysiology and clinical management of patent ductus arteriosus
  • Understand pathophysiology and clinical management of pulmonic and aortic stenosis
  • Pathophysiology and clinical management of mitral and tricuspid dysplasia
  • Understand pathophysiology and clinical management ventricular and atrial septal defects
  • Become familiar with advanced techniques for diagnosis and treatment of cardiac congenital defects

When

Where

Speaker

23 Oct 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Pedro Oliveira

Feline Myocardial Disease

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand complexity and limits of feline cardiomyopathy (CM) classification
  • Pathophysiology of feline CM
  • Become familiar with clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis of feline CM
  • Clinical management of feline CM
  • Understand pathophysiology and management of feline tachycardiomyopathy

When

Where

Speaker

3 Dec 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Luca Ferasin

The Fainting Patient

Module Information

Key learning objectives:

  • Differentiate syncope from seizures and falling
  • Understand and manage episodic falling and exercise intolerance
  • Successfully investigate syncopal patients
  • Become familiar with available diagnostic techniques for syncope
  • Available therapies for syncope
  • Pathophysiology and management of systemic hypertension
  • Pathophysiology and management of pulmonary hypertension
  • Pathophysiology and management arterial thromboembolism
  • Cardiovascular manifestations of thyroid dysfunctions
  • Cardiovascular manifestations of diabetes and hyperadrenocorticism

When

Where

Speaker

4 Dec 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Luca Ferasin

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  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £924.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Initial payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the first module in order to be eligible for the discounted rate.
  3. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  4. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS and Harper Adams University.
  5. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.

Registration Information

  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. In order to secure a place you must pay an initial payment – details of which can be found above.
  5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.
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