Integrating Echocardiography and Clinical Practice

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About the course

Key Areas

  • The older dog with a murmur
  • The large breed dog with a murmur or arrhythmia
  • The asymptomatic cat with a murmur
  • The cat presenting with respiratory distress
  • The weak, hypotensive dog or cat

About this course

“I’ve done the echo, now what?!”

Developing proficiency in practical echocardiography is a challenge in itself, but obtaining good images is only the start. The purpose of echocardiography is to help with clinical decision-making. This course will focus on how to use the results of your echocardiography to make better clinical decisions on a day to day basis in canine and feline patients with suspected heart disease. It is designed to be suitable for participants with some echocardiography experience, but practical skills will be covered in detail in the companion course on the following day (‘Practical echocardiography scanning day’) so it isn’t essential for you to already be an expert echocardiographer to get something out of this course.

The role of echocardiography will be critically evaluated in a problem-based approach, looking at common presenting problems in dogs and cats. For each diagnostic challenge, the role of other diagnostic tests will also be reviewed, as well as guidance on treatment.

Why do this course?
Many courses focus solely on echocardiographic imaging and measurements, but this course will show you how to apply your echo imaging to get the best outcome for your patients.

Course details
Course format: Lectures and case-based discussions
Course length: One day

Tutors

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

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