SMALL ANIMAL CARDIOLOGY

May 1st, 2021

Confidently approach your cardiology cases

The new Cardiology Distance Learning CE Program 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 utilized diagnostic procedures via practical electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation, film reading and hands-on echocardiography.

This program 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 take place in Swindon (UK) and cover ECG, thoracic radiography, and echocardiography. For those completing the full Cardiology Program, 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 CE program 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 utilizing our world-leading learning management system.

The Cardiology Program grants you access to an ISVPS General Practitioner Certificate and has been submitted to RACE for approval.

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



Program Features:

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14 varied modules

Covering key cardiology subjects delivered over 2 years

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3 optional hands-on modules

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

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Support and guidance from a Module Tutor

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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Multiple learning processes

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

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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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Regular assessments

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

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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 include separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace

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100% online

Giving you access 24/7 wherever you are using your laptop, tablet or even your smartphone

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Know-How

Join the global veterinary distance learning CE specialist and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources

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Dedicated CE Tutor

A dedicated tutor who will support you every step of the way

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Interactive and engaging modules

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

VIDEO

Watch an introductory video from Kieran Borgeat - BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS, the course coordinator to this CE program.

CE Program 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 program:

  1. ECG and Thoracic Radiography
  2. Echocardiography I
  3. Echocardiography II
Tutors
  • Chris Linney - BVSc MSc GPCertSAP CertAVP(VC) DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
  • Hannah Stephenson - BVMS (Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
  • Ilaria Spalla - DVM PhD MRCVS MVetMed DACVIM DECVIM
  • Kieran Borgeat - BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
  • Pedro Oliveira - DVM MRCVS DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
  • Yolanda Martínez - DVM, CertVC, DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), MRCVS
Qualifications

Our Cardiology Distance Learning Program offers you the possibility of working towards a recognized qualification. All professionals will also have the opportunity of requesting, at any moment of the program, a statement regarding their earned credits to present to their respective board.

General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)

By attending the full online structured program and following successful assessment including an exam you can gain the GPCert awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS).

Only registered vets who have been qualified for a minimum of 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). For more information about this please contact us.

This course includes

This program has been submitted to RACE for approval. The course prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees.
Anatomy and Physiology
May, 2021 | 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 hemodynamics
  • Discover the intricacies of cardiac action potentials


Speaker: Yolanda Martínez (DVM, CertVC, DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), MRCVS)
The Cardiac Patient
Jun, 2021 | Online

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
  • Recognize 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
Jul, 2021 | 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 recognize radiographic signs of congestive heart failure
  • Review non-cardiac radiographic abnormalities of the thorax and common artifacts
  • 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
Sep, 2021 | Online

Key learning objectives

  • Perfect your ability to acquire and analyze Electrocardiograms
  • Recognize 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))
Echocardiography I
Oct, 2021 | 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: Lance Visser (DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology))
Pathophysiology of Heart Failure
Nov, 2021 | Online

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 remodeling and reversed remodeling


Speaker: Elizabeth Bode (BVSc PhD DipECVIM-CA(cardio) FHEA MRCVS)
Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure
Jan, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives

  • Understand the classification systems of heart failure in veterinary cardiology
  • Recognize clinical manifestations of acute and chronic heart failure
  • Improve your management of acute heart failure cases
  • Maximize 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
Feb, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives

  • Understand the etiology, 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 etiology, pathophysiology, and diagnosis of infective endocarditis
  • Become familiar with the clinical management of infective endocarditis


Speaker: Jordan Vitt (DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology))
Myocardial Disease in Dogs
Mar, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives

  • Enhance your understanding of the etiology 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 etiology and management of myocarditis


Speaker: Ilaria Spalla (DVM PhD MRCVS MVetMed DACVIM DECVIM)
Feline Cardiomyopathy
Apr, 2022 | 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
May, 2022 | 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: Brian Scansen (DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology))
Echocardiography II
Jun, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives

  • Develop your understanding of Doppler studies (CW, PW, HPRF, Colour)
  • Consolidate your ability to obtain the conventional echocardiographic views
  • Recognize the potentials and pitfalls of echocardiographic assessment


Speaker: Valentina Palermo (RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology)
Cardiac Neoplasia and Pericardial Disease
Jul, 2022 | Online

Key learning objectives

  • Review the classification and clinical presentation of intracavitary and extracavitary cardiac tumors
  • Become familiar with the management of primary cardiac tumors
  • Revise the anatomy and physiology of the pericardium
  • Understand the etiology 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
Sep, 2022 | 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)
APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 140 CE credits
ACCREDITED BY
This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.

At the end of your Cardiology Distance Learning CE Program, you can choose to book the three optional attendance practical modules which will take place in Swindon (UK). For those wanting to book the full Cardiology Program, these modules will be available at an exclusive price and you can book these at a later date by contacting your CE 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 CE Program until 1st December 2021. 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.


ECG and Thoracic Radiography
17 Oct 2022 | Swindon - UK
  • Perfect the analysis of electrocardiograms
  • Recognize tachyarrhythmias, bradyarrhythmias and when to consider antiarrhythmic treatment
  • Practice a systematic approach to the interpretation of thoracic radiographs
  • Improve your ability to recognize radiographic signs of congestive heart failure and stage mitral valve disease
  • Review some angiograms to test anatomic understanding of radiographs

Practical activities:

  • Revise your approach to the ECG and be able to accurately interpret common abnormalities
  • Review and discuss a range of abnormalities on radiographic imaging


Speaker: Kieran Borgeat (BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC FHEA MRCVS DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology))
Echocardiography I
18 Oct 2022 | Swindon - UK
  • 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: Kieran Borgeat (BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC FHEA MRCVS DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology))
Echocardiography II
19 Oct 2022 | Swindon - UK
  • 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

Practice taking repeatable measurements in M-mode and B-mode


Speaker: Kieran Borgeat (BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC FHEA MRCVS DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology))

Would you like to attend these modules in the US?

The optional hands-on modules are originally scheduled to take place in our venue in Swindon (UK), but there is a possibility to organize these practical sessions in California if we gather a minimum number of participants. If you would like to attend these modules, but could only do it in the US, please subscribe to the waiting list below. A member of our team will contact you shortly with more information.

APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 140 CE credits
ACCREDITED BY
This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.

SMALL ANIMAL CARDIOLOGY
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$8,599-$8,599
Monthly payments$1,500$660 x 12 installments *$9,420

Optional Modules
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$2,155-$2,155
All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees
* Delegates will need to pay the first installment to save their place and then payment plans start the month before the beginning of the course

SMALL ANIMAL CARDIOLOGY
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$8,849-$8,849
Monthly payments$1,500$685 x 12 installments *$9,720

Optional Modules
Payment OptionInitial PaymentNext PaymentsTotal Payable
Payment in full$2,425-$2,425
All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees
* Delegates will need to pay the first installment to save their place and then payment plans start the month before the beginning of the course

Payment Terms & Conditions

1. An initial payment is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.

2. Full payment to be made within 30 days of the commencement of the course.

3. For instalment payment plans, the only payment option is by credit card. Delegates will be notified monthly and shall proceed with payment through their personal delegate area.

4. All program prices include ISVPS registration and examination fees.


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.

5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.


Frequently Asked Questions

Distance Learning

When is the learning content available for each module?
  • At the beginning of the month, the content for weeks 1 and 2 will be released
  • At the beginning of the 3rd week of the month, the remaining content will be released
What additional learning resources are available?
  • Online lessons
  • Notes to support every lesson
  • Reading list
  • Module Tutor (diploma holder in their field)
  • Program Tutor
  • Discussion Forum
What qualifications are needed for taking the program if coming from another non- European country?
  • Qualified Doctor of Veterinary Medicine registered in country of origin
  • ISVPS will require appropriate paperwork at point of registration
What does the GPCert consist of?
  • Complete the full online structured program
  • Case report (2,500 words)
  • Online spot test exam
  • Multiple choice examination
  • ISVPS are responsible for invigilation of the exam via TestReach an independent invigilation company
  • See the assessment criteria on the diagram of the route to a GPCert in the brochure
When do the exams take place?
For detailed information please check the ISVPS section on this webpage.
How do I submit my case report for the GPCert?
All ISVPS assessments are uploaded to the candidates’ area via the ISVPS website. You will be given a login to the candidates’ area when you register with ISVPS.

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SMALL ANIMAL CARDIOLOGY
01 May 2021 - 30 Sep 2022
14 Online Modules
3 Optional Practical Attendance Modules
GPCert
See the pricing tab – pay as you learn options available

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APPROVED BY
Approved by RACE for 140 CE credits

ACCREDITED BY
This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate.