Cardiology DL 2021 - NEW Program
Post Graduate Qualification Pathway
Enrolments Now Open

Cardiology DL 2021

A 17 month completely online, comprehensive program that covers all aspects of cardiology.

The NEW Cardiology Distance Learning program will address the fundamentals of underlying cardiac disease, discuss the  presentations of cardiac disease and thoroughly review current diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. You will learn the latest information on commonly utilised diagnostic procedures,  practical electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation, film reading and hands-on echocardiography.

The Cardiology Distance Learning Program (DL) is a new, completely online program – designed for veterinarians interested in and aiming to pursue post-graduate qualifications in Cardiology.  

This brand new global program has been developed by a team of registered specialists and covers all aspects of cardiology. The comprehensive teaching materials and interactive format allow you to gain knowledge, skills and build an informed clinical approach to your patients. 

Each of the 14 modules in the program is supported by a specialist tutor – to answer questions and support you on your learning journey. 

Cardiology DL is accredited by the International School of Veterinary Post Graduate Studies ISVPS as a training program for the General Practitioner Certificate in Cardiology. *All registration fees for ISVPS are included in the course fees for this program 

This is the only accredited path for GPCert in Cardiology in Australia and New Zealand, allowing delegates to achieve a recognised post-nominal qualification, no matter where in the world they study. 

Course Highlights

Confidently investigate, diagnose and
treat your cardiac patients

Find out from the Cardiology DL Program Director why this program will help you with your cardiac cases:

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* Option to enrol in 3 additional practical modules in 2022 – see here for more information 

Cardiology DL
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Cardiology DL Modules

Anatomy and Physiology

Module Speaker:

Yolanda Martinez DVM, CertVC, DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), MRCVS

 

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

 

The Cardiac Patient

Module Speaker:

Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

 

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

Thoracic Radiography

Module Speaker:

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

 

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

 

ECG and Arrhythmias

Module Speaker:

Pedro Oliveira DVM MRCVS DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)

 

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

 

Echocardiography I

Module Speaker:

To be confirmed

 

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

 

Pathophysiology of Heart Failure

Module Speaker:

To be confirmed

 

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

 

Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure

Module Speaker:

Hannah Stephenson BVMS (Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS

 

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

Endocardial Disease

Module Speaker:

To be confirmed

 

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

Myocardial Disease in Dogs

Module Speaker:

Ilaria Spalla DVM PhD MRCVS MVetMed DACVIM DECVIM

 

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

Feline Cardiomyopathy

Module Speakers:

Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

 

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

Congenital Heart Disease

Module Speaker:

To be confirmed

 

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

Echocardiography II

Module Speaker:

To be confirmed

 

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

Cardiac Neoplasia and Pericardial Disease

Module Speakers:

 Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

 

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

The Fainting Patient and Cardiovascular Manifestations of Systemic Disease

Module Speaker:

To be confirmed

 

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

Course Tutors

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

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

Dr Hannah Stephenson BVMS (Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS

Dr Hannah Stephenson BVMS (Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS

Dr Ilaria Spalla DVM PhD MRCVS MVetMed DACVIM DECVIM

Dr Ilaria Spalla DVM PhD MRCVS MVetMed DACVIM DECVIM

Dr Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Dr Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

​Kieran is an American and European Diplomate and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology. He worked for 6 years in first opinion practice, during which time he completed a Certificate in cardiology, then und …

Dr Pedro Oliveira DVM MRCVS DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)

Dr Pedro Oliveira DVM MRCVS DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)

Dr Yolanda Martínez DVM, CertVC, DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), MRCVS

Dr Yolanda Martínez DVM, CertVC, DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), MRCVS

Payment Options

Full Payment Upfront (Total payable AU $10, 395 inc of GST & included ISVPS registration fees)

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All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

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FAQ

What are the criteria for enrolment?

You must be a graduated Veterinary Surgeon with a minimum of 1 year clinical experience.

Please check with Improve, to ensure your suitability.

It is each delegate’s responsibility to ensure you meet the program entry criteria.

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

Who can enrol in the Distance Learning programs?

All applicants must:

  • Hold a veterinary qualification
  • Have spent a minimum of one year in veterinary practice

What additional learning resources are available?

  • Online interactive lessons
  • Notes to support every lesson
  • Reading list
  • Module Tutor (diploma holder in their field)
  • Programme Tutor
  • Discussion Forum
  • Pre and post-module questions
  • Summary videos at the end of each week

How many hours per week will I have to spend on the program?

You will spend on average 3-4 hours per week. Preparation of assessments and revising for the final exam is additional depending on your route.   

Can I defer a module?

Online modules cannot be deferred without losing the real-time interactive engagement with the Module Tutor   

What does the GPCert consist of?

  • Complete the full online structured programme
  • Case report (2,500 words)
  • Online spot test exam
  • Multiple choice examination
  • ISVPS are responsible for invigilation of the exam using an independent invigilation company
  • See the assessment criteria on the diagram of the route to a GPCert in the brochure

When do the online GPCert exams take place?

For up-to-date exam dates please visit www.isvps.org or email australia@isvps.org for any specific queries

Is the GPCert all online?

Yes, all the requirements for the ISVPS are online

How do I submit my case report for the GPCert?

Full details of the ISVPS processes are made available after you have registered with the ISVPS. You will be given a login to the Candidates Area after registration. ISVPS also have individual contact points for each country. australia@isvps.org is the Australian contact address and any questions can be sent to this address for follow-up.

How do I pay the registration fees for GPCert?

  • Registration is made directly to ISVPS – you will be provided with contact details allowing you to complete their registration form.
  • All ISVPS registration fees are included in the Improve International Australia Cardiology DL costs – there are no further costs to pay 
  • Ideally, the decision to aim for the GPCert should be made within the first 2 months of the program start. This allows delegates to benefit from access to the ISVPS candidates’ area.
  • The deadline for the ISVPS certificate registration is one year in advance of the first assessment deadline
    • e.g. If you are undertaking the 2021-2022 Cardiology Distance Learning Program, you should register for the 2023 examination dates. The first assessment deadline and full dates are to be provided by ISVPS 

How long do I have to complete the whole program?

The program must be completed within 6 months of the final module. GPCert candidates then have up to four years to satisfy ISVPS assessment requirements and obtain the GPCert.

I'm not based in Australia. Can I still complete the program and obtain the GPCert?

Yes. Location of study does not affect/change this global program. We can accept delegates across Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific region. Additionally, all content is pre-recorded so can be viewed at any time of day (i.e. time zone differences will not impact your access to content). However, you may need to allow extra time for tutor responses (as tutors will be based in Australia). If you intend to sit the GPCert qualification through ISVPS, this is online. Please contact the ISVPS directly for further information (australia@isvps.org).

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