Basic echocardiography

Key Information

CPD Hours: 16 hours

Course Length: Two days

Course Format: A combination of lectures, practical scanning sessions and interactive sessions

Course Programme

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A really good course with the right balance of theory and practical work with some excellently behaved dogs. The concept of sending us away for a month is fantastic and will give me a great opportunity to reflect and practice before I’m back in February.

Course Information

Key Areas
  • Ultrasound physics, artefacts and equipment
  • Echocardiographic technique
  • Echocardiographic changes in common acquired cardiac disease
  • Echocardiographic measurements
  • Echo changes associated with left sided heart disease
  • Echo changes associated with right sided heart disease
  • Mystery cases
  • Practical hands-on workshop
About this course

Have an ultrasound machine in your practice, but reluctant to use it to image the heart? Already doing abdominal ultrasound, but nervous to go north of the diaphragm?

This course is designed to provide participants with the foundations required to perform a basic echocardiographic examination, and a protocol to follow to obtain standard two-dimensional echocardiography (2D echo) images. You will learn how to identify normal cardiac anatomy and normal variations on 2D echo, as well as changes seen with common diseases. This forms the backbone of all echocardiography. This is a two-day course split by two weeks, the first day Wednesday 8th May and second day Wednesday 22nd May allowing some time to practise in between!

Why do this course?
This course will provide you with the means to make clinical decisions in cardiac patients that are very challenging without echocardiography.


David Connolly, BSc BVetMed PhD CertSAM CertVC DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Professor in Veterinary Cardiology
The Royal Veterinary College

Virginia Luis Fuentes, VetMB PhD CertVR DVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Professor of Veterinary Cardiology
The Royal Veterinary College

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