Basic echocardiography

Key Information

CPD Hours: 16 hours

Course Length: Two days - one month apart

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

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This course may run again in the future. To register your interest please contact us.

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Good number of dogs to tables, good number of students per station, very informative guidance from tutors.

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

We are hoping to deliver this course in 2022 however due to the ongoing pandemic and wider implications on the RVC we can not take bookings at this time. In the meantime please register your interest with us and we will contact you when the course is bookable.

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 with a month between day 1 and day 2 to allow you 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.

Please note this is a popular course with limited spaces so book early to avoid disappointment.


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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