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Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in

Small Animal Cardiology

Two year clinical programme

The Cardiac Patient

  • Recognise 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 and blood pressure measurement techniques
WhenWhereSpeaker
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

The Cardiovascular System

  • Understand cardiovascular anatomy and its diversity amongst species
  • Recognise major embryological processes that can lead to common congenital abnormalities
  • Understand cardiac cycle, excitation-contraction and control of cardiac output
  • Understand haemodynamics and endothelial functions
  • Understand cardiac action potentials and arrhythmogenesis
WhenWhereSpeaker
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

Electrocardiography (ECG)

  • Understand ECG acquisition and analysis
  • Recognise tachyarrhythmias, bradyarrhythmias and their clinical significance
  • Understand anti-arrhythmic therapy
  • Pacemaker therapy
  • Electrophysiological studies and radio frequency ablation
WhenWhereSpeaker
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

Thoracic Radiography

  • Obtain thoracic radiographs of diagnostic quality
  • Become familiar with interpretation of normal thoracic radiographs
  • Recognise signs of congestive heart failure
  • Recognise non-cardiac radiographic abnormalities of the thorax and common artefacts
  • Become familiar with selective and non-selective angiography
WhenWhereSpeaker
TBC Swindon - Alexandra House TBC

Echocardiography I

  • Echocardiographic imaging and basic machine settings M-mode, B-mode and 3D acquisitions
  • Doppler studies (CW, PW, HPRF, Colour)
  • Understand all conventional echocardiographic views
  • Understand the potential and pitfalls of echocardiographic assessment
WhenWhereSpeaker
29 Jun 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Pedro Oliveira

A Continuation of Echocardiography I*

A practical scanning session to include:

  • Perform an echocardiographic examination
  • Obtain the standard echocardiographic views and know how to optimise them
  • Obtain the useful ultrasonographic measurements needed to make a diagnosis

• Understand ECG acquisition and analysis.

WhenWhereSpeaker
30 Jun 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Pedro Oliveira

Pathophysiology of Heart Failure

  • The progressive model of heart failure
  • Activation of sympathetic nervous system
  • Activation of the Renin-Angiotension-Aldosterone system
  • Alterations in the peripheral vasculature
  • The complexity of myocardial remodelling and reversed remodelling
WhenWhereSpeaker
01 Aug 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Andrew Francis

Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure

  • Understand classification systems of heart failure in veterinary cardiology
  • Recognise clinical manifestations of acute and chronic heart failure
  • Become familiar with the management of acute heart failure, chronic heart failure and refractory heart failure
WhenWhereSpeaker
02 Aug 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Andrew Francis

Endocardial Disease

  • Understand aetiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of chronic myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD)
  • MMVD staging
  • Clinical management of MMVD
  • Understand aetiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of infective endocarditis
  • Clinical management of infective endocarditis
WhenWhereSpeaker
12 Sep 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Andrew Francis

Cardiac Tumours and Pericardial Disease

  • Classification and clinical presentation of intracavitary and extracavitary cardiac tumours
  • Be familiar with the management of primary cardiac tumours
  • Understand anatomy and physiology of the pericardium
  • Understand aetiology and pathophysiology of pericardial effusion and tamponade
  • Be familiar with clinical management of pericardial effusion
WhenWhereSpeaker
13 Sep 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Kieran Borgeat

Canine Myocardial Disease

  • Understand aetiology and breed predisposition of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Be familiar with clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis of canine DCM and occult and overt canine DCM
  • Understand pathophysiology and management of canine tachycardiomyopathy
  • Understand aetiology and management of myocarditis
WhenWhereSpeaker
24 Oct 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Pedro Oliveira

Congenital Cardiac Abnormalities

  • Pathophysiology and clinical management of patent ductus arteriosus
  • Pathophysiology and clinical management of pulmonic and aortic stenosis
  • Pathophysiology and clinical management of mitral and tricuspid dysplasia
  • Pathophysiology and clinical management of ventricular and atrial septal defects
  • Advanced techniques for diagnosis and treatment of cardiac congenital defects
WhenWhereSpeaker
25 Oct 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Pedro Oliveira

Feline Myocardial Disease

  • Understand complexity and limits of feline cardiomyopathy (CM) classification
  • Understand pathophysiology of feline CM
  • Become familiar with clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis of feline CM
  • Become familiar with clinical management of feline CM
  • Understand the pathophysiology and management of feline tachycardiomyopathy
WhenWhereSpeaker
04 Dec 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Luca Ferasin

The Fainting Patient

  • Differentiate syncope from seizures and falling
  • Understand and manage episodic falling and exercise intolerance
  • Successfully investigate syncopal patients and be familiar with available diagnostic techniques and therapies for syncope
  • Pathophysiology and management of systemic hypertension and pulmonary hypertension
  • Pathophysiology and management of arterial thromboembolism
  • Cardiovascular manifestations of thyroid dysfunctions and of diabetes and hyperadrenocorticism
WhenWhereSpeaker
05 Dec 2017 Swindon - Alexandra House Luca Ferasin
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