1 May 2023

Small Animal Cardiology Online Learning


Small Animal Cardiology Online Learning


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.


The modules will assist you in consolidating your knowledge of feline and canine cardiology via a variety of taught and practical modules. . There will be a high number of case based examples to illustrate the modules.


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 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.

Delegates wishing to complete the Postgraduate Certificate examination will be required to attend all of the online modules.

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Small Animal Cardiology Online Learning Modules

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: Chris Linney BVSc MSc GPCertSAP CertAVP(VC) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
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

Booking Options

Payments Initial
Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
GPCert Programme 12 monthly payments £525.00 £1,399.00 £7,699.00
GPCert Programme deposit and remaining balance £5,600.00 £1,399.00 £6,999.00
PgC Programme 12 monthly payments £710.00 £1,399.00 £9,919.00
PgC Programme deposit and remaining balance £7,600.00 £1,399.00 £8,999.00

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.

Key information

Small Animal Cardiology Online Learning
1 May 2023
30 Sep 2024
14 Day Course
Elizabeth Bode, Chris Linney, Kieran Borgeat, Yolanda Martínez, Domingo Casamian, Pedro Oliveira, Ilaria Spalla, Hannah Stephenson, Jordan Vitt, Brian Scansen, Lance Visser, Sid Sudunagunta, Valentina Palermo
From £8,999.00 + VAT


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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