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6 Jan 2021

PgC/GPCert Small Animal Cardiology

Swindon

Aims

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. Problem solving and case based material will feature strongly throughout the course enabling you to extend your knowledge of cardiology in an informative and interactive manner.


Objectives

The modules will assist you in consolidating your knowledge of feline and canine cardiology via a variety of taught and practical modules. Most modules will include a practical element where relevant to enhance the learning experience. There will be a high number of case based examples to illustrate the modules.

Summary

The Small Animal Cardiology programme is provided by Improve International in collaboration with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS) and Harper Adams University.

Complete the one-year programme (all modules) and achieve the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) by passing the required assessments with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Continue on to the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) that combines the GPCert clinical studies, plus reflective practice, and successful completion of the Advanced Practitioner Module with Harper Adams University. The PgC represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. It provides 60 transferable academic credits.

After successfully completing your PgC, you may apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. This is subject to meeting all of the other entry requirements set out by the RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes.

The Programme Tutor will discuss which learning option you wish to progress and advise the necessary requirements to support you.

All of our PgCs are recognised by the RCVS as eligible entry qualifications for application to Advanced Practitioner status with the exception of the PgC Endoscopy and Endosurgery for which the RCVS has no designated award.

All delegates studying for a PgC will receive a subscription to Harper Adams 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 PgC programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey.

Registration is from 9.15am, course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 5.00pm on taught modules.

Modules with ultrasound elements:
Day 1 - 9.30am to 5.00pm
Day 2 - 9.00am to 4.30pm

A buffet lunch and refreshments are provided on each day.

Delegates wishing to complete the Postgraduate Certificate examination will be required to attend all of the taught modules (including the practical sessions). These modules can be completed in one year or delegates can extend the programme over two or three years. Modules can be attended in any order, to suit individual preferences.

The full programme course fees INCLUDE registration with Harper Adams University and all examination and assessment fees including the Advanced Practitioner fee. These are NOT included in the individual or paired module fees and if you choose to do the course in this way additional fees will apply on exam registration.

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PgC/GPCert Small Animal Cardiology Modules

The Cardiac Patient
6 Jan 2021 | Swindon

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.

Speaker: Luca Ferasin DVM PhD CertVC PGCert(HE) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) GPCert(B&PS) FRCVS EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
The Cardiovascular System
7 Jan 2021 | Swindon

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: Luca Ferasin DVM PhD CertVC PGCert(HE) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) GPCert(B&PS) FRCVS EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
Electrocardiography (ECG)
22 Mar 2021 | Swindon

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

Speaker: Pedro Oliveira DVM MRCVS DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Thoracic Radiography
23 Mar 2021 | Swindon

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: Pedro Oliveira DVM MRCVS DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Echocardiography I
25 May 2021 | Swindon

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

Speaker: Pedro Oliveira DVM MRCVS DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Echocardiography II
26 May 2021 | Swindon

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

Speaker: Pedro Oliveira DVM MRCVS DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Pathophysiology of Heart Failure
26 Jul 2021 | Swindon

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

Speaker: Andrew Francis BVSc CertVC DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure
27 Jul 2021 | Swindon

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: Andrew Francis BVSc CertVC DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
Endocardial Disease
27 Sep 2021 | Swindon

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

Speaker: Andrew Francis BVSc CertVC DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
Cardiac Tumours and Pericardial Disease
28 Sep 2021 | Swindon

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: Chris Linney BVSc GPCertSAP CertAVP(VC) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
Canine Myocardial Disease
18 Oct 2021 | Swindon

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

Speaker: José Novo Matos DVM DipECVIM (Cardiology) MRCVS European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology
Congenital Abnormalities
19 Oct 2021 | Swindon

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: José Novo Matos DVM DipECVIM (Cardiology) MRCVS European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology
Feline Myocardial Disease
6 Dec 2021 | Swindon

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: Luca Ferasin DVM PhD CertVC PGCert(HE) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) GPCert(B&PS) FRCVS EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
The Fainting Patient and Cardiovascular Manifestations of Systemic Disease
7 Dec 2021 | Swindon

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: Luca Ferasin DVM PhD CertVC PGCert(HE) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) GPCert(B&PS) FRCVS EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Booking Options

Payments Initial
Payment
Total
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Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
PgC/GPCert Programme £9,495.00 £0.00 £9,495.00
PgC/GPCert Programme (Deposit and 12 Monthly Payments) £750.00 £995.00 £9,995.00
PgC/GPCertProgramme (Deposit and Payment in Full) £8,500.00 £995.00 £9,495.00

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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.

Key information

PgC/GPCert Small Animal Cardiology
6 Jan 2021
7 Dec 2021
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14 Day Course
Swindon
Andrew Francis, Chris Linney, Luca Ferasin, Pedro Oliveira, José Novo Matos
£9,495.00 + VAT