C–VC.2 Cardiovascular Diagnostics

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About the course


The module is focused on making a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease using the appropriate techniques.  It is not concerned with the therapeutics or management of animals with cardiovascular disease as this is the concern of modules C-VC.3.

The module is aimed at veterinary surgeons in private practice, or at a veterinary school with a substantial case load of small or large animals, or a mixture, of which a significant number have primary cardiovascular disease, or require thorough examinations of their cardiovascular system for investigation of other systemic illnesses, or injury.  At least 200 of these should be examined and assessed primarily by the candidate.

The module may be taken from a large animal or a small animal perspective, or a mixture of the two.  It is suggested that candidates intending to proceed to a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cardiology) via modules C-VC.1 and C-VC.3, will present a C-VC.2 made up of a balanced distribution of species with at least 2 being represented.  Alternatively, if candidates are intending to proceed to the advanced clinical practice (cardiology) with a large animal/equine bias) via Equine Practice, the case diary should be made up of 90% large animals.  Candidates not wishing to use the module to attain the certificate in advanced Veterinary Practice (Cardiology) can present case books made up exclusively from small, or large animal cases.

Module C-VC.2 is mandatory for those aiming to achieve the CertAVP (Cardiology).


Kieran Borgeat, BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC MRCVS DipACVIM 
Visiting Lecturer in Veterinary Cardiology, 
Royal Veterinary College 

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