7 Mar 2022

Basic Cardiology (Interprofessional)


Basic Cardiology (Interprofessional)


This two-day course will allow you to triage small animal cardiac patients more efficiently by improving your clinical examination skills, helping you acquire representative BP measurements and diagnostic ECGs.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

Day 1 Learning Objectives.

  • Describe and explain the structure and function of the heart.
  • Define the term heart failure, outlining the most common cardiovascular disorders in both the canine and feline patient, recognising their associated clinical signs via acute and chronic clinical presentation.
    • Describe the nursing considerations of acute and chronic heart failure in the canine and feline patient.
    • Discuss the asymptomatic and symptomatic cardiac patient
  • Become familiar with cardiovascular examination with a particular emphasis on cardiac and lung auscultation.
  • Review how to obtain thoracic radiographs of diagnostic quality.
  • Basic Interpretation of thoracic radiographs.
  • Explain the term Echocardiography and its use in the cardiac patient.
  • Discuss effective patient restraint for cardiac patient and echocardiography.
  • Practical- Radiographic interpretation

    Day 2 Learning Objectives.

  • Describe the examination of the cardiac patient using the ‘hands-off' approach.
  • Implement cardiovascular ‘hands-on' examination with a particular emphasis on chest percussion techniques and cardiac auscultation.
  • Explain the importance of monitoring blood pressure in cardiac patients.
  • Classify various blood pressure monitoring techniques stating their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Demonstrate ECG recording of a basic lead system identifying common abnormalities.
  • Discuss the role of the cardiology nurse through client education of:
  • diet
  • exercise
  • at home monitoring
  • Demonstrate Interpreting ECG; s, blood pressure monitoring, and cardiac/lung auscultation


This course is Interprofessional. Interprofessional courses are suitable for:

· Veterinary nurses

· Veterinary surgeons – new graduates and vets wanting to refresh their skills (ideal for nurses and vets to attend together from the same practice)

Prices are the same for individual vets and nurses with an overall discounted price if a vet and nurse book to attend together from the same practice. Please enquire on booking.

Includes comprehensive course notes, refreshments and lunch on the day.

Basic Cardiology (Interprofessional) Modules

Basic Cardiology for Nurses- Day 1
7 Mar 2022 | Swindon

Speaker: Heidi Ferasin BVSc CertVC MRCVS
Basic Cardiology for Nurses- Day 2
8 Mar 2022 | Swindon

Speaker: Charlotte Pace BA (Hons), RVN, VTS (Cardiology), PGCert (VetEd), FHEA

Booking Options

Payments Initial
Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
Full Course £699.00 £0.00 £699.00

To book any option please click the "Book Now" button and select your preferences in your shopping cart.

Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. Payment for the course can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  3. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

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. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to confirm your booking.

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.


Improve International was established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons from across the UK. We run Continuous Professional Development training for veterinary professionals to help develop the skills and knowledge required in practice. Our programmes utilise a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and, where applicable, hands-on practical sessions. We are an international organisation with offices in the UK and Portugal.

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