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ISVPS General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert)

HAU Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

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May 2023 - September 2024

The Cardiology Online Learning Postgraduate Certificate Programme will address the fundamental principles underlying cardiac disease, discuss common presentations of cardiac disease and thoroughly review current diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. You will have the opportunity to become fully informed about commonly utilised diagnostic procedures via practical electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation, film reading and hands-on echocardiography.

This programme contains 14 mandatory modules with 3 optional practical on-site sessions at the end of the course. You can choose to attend these hands-on modules which will cover ECG, thoracic radiography, and echocardiography. For those completing the full Cardiology Programme, you can purchase these modules at an exclusive price. For more information click on the tab Optional Modules.

Providing a logical approach to even the most complex cases, this programme will provide the basis for renewed clinical enthusiasm and satisfaction. The structured content covers all aspects of cardiology giving you the skills to confidently investigate, diagnose, and treat your cardiac patients utilising our world-leading learning management system.

The Cardiology Programme grants you the possibility of obtaining an ISVPS General Practitioner Certificate and Postgraduate Certificate in partnership with Harper Adams University.

Take this opportunity and access the most comprehensive cardiology training whilst working around your busy practice life.

What you'll learn:

14 varied modules

Covering key clinical subjects in veterinary cardiology delivered over 2 years 

Support and guidance from a Module Tutor who is recognised in their subject field

The specialist in the subject area will provide online support during each module and will be available to answer all your questions 

Discussion forum

A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and Module Tutors 


Join the global veterinary online CPD specialists and benefit from our know-how and high-quality resources 

100% online

Giving you access 24/7 via our world-leading Learning Management Platform 

Dedicated Programme Coordinator

A dedicated Programme Coordinator who will support you every step of the way 

3 optional hands-on modules

You can choose to attend 3 optional practical modules at the end of your programme, covering ECG and Thoracic Radiography and Echocardiography  

Leading online learning experience

Presentations, written notes, diagrams, interactive quizzes and exercises test your knowledge as you work 

Recognised Course Director

Kieran Borgeat BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS, oversees the program ensuring the latest Cardiology content 

Four sessions per month

Each module consists of four sessions spread over one month. Sessions comprise separate lessons and case-based studies to work through at your own pace 

Regular assessments

Pre-module and post-module assessments encourage you to reflect on your learning and evaluate your progress 

Interactive and engaging modules

Which allow you to absorb the learning materials in an online environment  

Programme Details:

Module Summary
  1. Anatomy and Physiology
  2. The Cardiac Patient
  3. Thoracic Radiography
  4. ECG and Arrhythmias
  5. Echocardiography I
  6. Pathophysiology of Heart Failure
  7. Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure
  8. Endocardial Disease
  9. Myocardial Disease in Dogs
  10. Feline Cardiomyopathy
  11. Congenital Heart Disease
  12. Echocardiography II
  13. Cardiac Neoplasia and Pericardial Disease
  14. The Fainting Patient and Cardiovascular Manifestations of Systemic Disease

Please note the module order may be subject to change


Our Cardiology Online Learning Programme offers you a comprehensive range of structured learning with the ultimate flexibility to access the training you want whilst working around your busy practice life. 
You can let the Programme give you new knowledge and skills to take back to practice, or you can work towards a recognised qualification. 

General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) 

By attending the full online structured programme and following successful assessment, including an exam, you can gain the GPCert awarded by the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS). 
Only registered veterinary surgeons who have been qualified for one year can apply to undertake a General Practitioner Certificate. 

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) 

A route to a PgC in Cardiology is available through our partnership with Harper Adams University (HAU). 
The PgC is a recognised higher education qualification demonstrating that you have achieved the required standard within a designated subject. The qualification represents Masters Level 7 within the Quality Assurance Agency’s framework for higher and further education. Additional assessments will be necessary to apply for this route; please contact us for further information. 
Please see our pricing table for GPCert and PgC fees in the pricing tab. 

RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status

After completing your Postgraduate Certificate, you can apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. This is subject to meeting all of the other entry requirements in the RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes. You will also need to provide evidence of Key Professional Skills knowledge to the RCVS when applying for the Advanced Practitioner Status.  

The Course Includes

Initial registration for the optional practical attendance modules is open on a first come first serve basis to participants booking onto the Small Animal Cardiology Programme. Any bookings made thereafter will be subject to review and acceptance. Improve International has the right to refuse a booking if it does not meet the entry requirements stated above. Please contact us for further information. 

Venue: Online
Date: May 2023 - September 2024

PgC/GPCert in Cardiology

May 2023 - September 2024
14 Modules
14 Online sessions
3 Optional Practical Attendance Modules
PgC/GPCert in Cardiology



This course is accredited by ISVPS and allows you to achieve a General Practitioner Certificate


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