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6 November 2020 09:00 - 1 January 2021 17:00

Learn online: Cardio-mergency

Online , Online , Gloucester Gloucestershire, GL2 2AB


Start date:
   Friday 6th November 2020
Tutor:          Kieran Borgeat
Fees:           BSAVA Member: £120 Inc VAT;  Non Member £180 Inc VAT

This Learn online course is intended for veterinary surgeons wokring in clinical practice who would like to develop confidence in their approach to patients with cardiac conditions that present as emergencies. Cardiac emergencies pose a broad spectrum of challenges, from respiratory distress, to hypotension, and life-threatening arrhythmias. During this course, we will review the complete spectrum of cardiac emergencies, discussing not only pathophysiology of the disorders we must contend with, but also how to practically approach the most difficult cases in the setting of primary care practice. Specific topics to be covered are management of the most severe congestive heart failure patients, diagnosis and treatment of tachy- and brady-arrhythmias and pericardial effusions. At the end of the course, real-life cases will be used to illustrate crucial points and reflect on the material covered.
Online activities (including quizzes and case studies) will support your learning and discussions on the online forum will be encouraged. We also provide additional resources to complement the course - the ‘BSAVA Bonus Bits’. These will include congress podcast recordings, JSAP and companion articles as well as a free chapter from the relevant BSAVA Manual (as well as a discount voucher for purchasing the whole book).

The first weekly unit will be released on the First Friday of the month, with the next weekly units being released on the following two Fridays. The discussion forum is open for the first three weeks of the course and the course content will remain available for a total of 8 weeks. You can complete the work how and when you choose over these 8 weeks.

Weekly Units

1.   Acute presentation of heart failure
2.   Arrhythmias
3.   Pericardial effusion

Learning Objectives

1.    Understand the common causes of acute heart failure in dogs and cats, and be able to translate the material covered into practical tips for refining your clinical practice
2.    Review the common emergency room arrhythmias, and integrate this knowledge into your approach to ECGs
3.    Appreciate the different anti-arrhythmic drugs that can be used and scaffold this information on a background of basic cardiac electrophysiology
4.    Challenge yourself with interactive case discussion and use this peer-to-peer dialogue to reflect upon your own clinical experience and plan for how to manage cases in the future


Kieran worked in general practice for 6-years after graduation, where he became interested in cardiology and gained an initial post-graduate qualification in the subject. In 2011, he undertook a cardiology residency and Masters degree at the Royal Veterinary College in London. He is an American and European college Diplomate in Cardiology, and an RCVS Recognised Specialist in the subject. He works as Clinical Lead in Cardiology at Langford Vets, University of Bristol, where he treats all species and works alongside two other Diplomates and two residents in training. Alongside a busy cardiovascular interventional caseload in dogs and horses, he works with the feline centre to treat cats with heart disease. He has published widely on a variety of topics, but has a particular passion for feline cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease. He had the privilege of speaking all over the world to help vets learn more about cardiology, and is supported at home by his incredibly patient wife and four children - as well as a troublesome cat called Boris.


Terms and Conditions: All courses must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

To qualify for an applicable refund, cancellations must emailed to or requested by telephone on 01452 726700. With over 30 days’ notice we will refund 70% of the course fee.  With between 15-30 days’ notice we will refund 50% of the course fee.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations with notice of 14 days or less, however if we are able to resell your place on the course we will provide a full refund.

BSAVA reserves the right to alter the programme or the speaker should this become necessary due to unavoidable circumstances.  BSAVA reserves the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances.  Registrants should note that the BSAVA member's rate applies only when the person attending the course is a member of the Association.  To qualify for the reduced member's rate for courses, non-members must join BSAVA prior to the course.

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