State of the Heart - Cardiorespiratory Conference | Centre for Veterinary Education

State of the Heart - Cardiorespiratory Conference

Cardiorespiratory Conference

This exciting Cardiorespiratory Conference is headlined by international speakers Etienne Côté, well-known co-author and co-editor of The Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2017 ('The Ettinger’) and Niek Beijerink, well known with Australian vets.


They are joined by renowned Australian speakers: Mariano Makara, Erin Mooney, Rita Singh & Mariko Yata.  

Designed to be practical, relevant and interactive for the busy practitioner, each day will end with interactive discussion and case examples focussing on the best diagnostic and treatment options. The pièce de résistance is the workshop where you will focus on developing and refining your cardiac ultrasound skills and ability to recognise common cardiorespiratory emergencies.

2 x Workshops* - limited to 12 participants per session

Morning session: 9am-12pm *SOLD OUT*

Afternoon session: 1pm-4pm *SOLD OUT*

Highly practical and focused on cardiac ultrasound in the emergency setting, you choose either the morning or afternoon workshop (identical).  Your participation will improve your confidence and competence in recognising common cardiorespiratory emergencies. These workshops will be filled on a 'first come, first served' basis.

As ultrasound machines become increasingly affordable and ultrasound training more widespread, veterinarians are increasingly using ultrasound as a point-of-care test. While extensive training is required to identify small or complex lesions with ultrasound, focused ultrasound examinations can be performed competently with only limited training. This session with a mix of lectures and hands-on experience will provide training in how to diagnose cardiorespiratory abnormalities such as pleural effusion, pericardial effusion, congestive heart failure, left atrial enlargement, and myocardial failure. 

*Note: Workshops are open only to participants who enrol in all 4 days of the conference.

Daily rates available.

Learning Outcomes

By attending this conference you can expect to be able to:

  1. identify the clinical signs of respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease based on history taking and physical examination findings

  2. implement a sound clinical approach (including diagnostic work-up) for symptoms such as coughing and respiratory distress, as can be caused by pulmonary parenchymal diseases, pleural space diseases and diseases of the mediastinum

  3. implement a sound clinical approach (including diagnostic work-up) for symptoms such as syncope, ascites, murmurs, sudden paresis/paralysis and arrhythmia

  4. describe the diseases that may cause respiratory symptoms or cardiovascular disease

  5. discuss the management, treatment and prognosis of the major respiratory and cardiovascular diseases seen in small animals


Monday 18 - Thursday 21 February 2019
1/2 day workshop (morning or afternoon)
22 February 2019
9.00 - 5.30
Early Bird
7 January 2019
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
Camperdown NSW



Dr. Etienne Côté is a veterinary cardiologist and professor at the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada. He was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, and trained at Cornell University and California Animal Hospital. He is the author or editor of several familiar textbooks, including the Clinical Veterinary Advisor, Feline Cardiology, and Ettinger’s Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine. His research has produced 20 peer-reviewed articles in veterinary cardiology. His teaching has been recognized with several teaching awards, including induction into Canada’s 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2015. His 5 year-old daughter and one very large Newfoundland dog keep him and his wife busy, and his hobbies include travel, languages, running, hiking, snowshoeing, and Shotokan karate.

DVM PhD Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology)

Niek Beijerink graduated with a veterinary degree from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He completed a PhD (canine endocrinology and reproduction) in 2007 and then a residency in Small Animal Cardiology in 2010. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). In 2011 Niek commenced working as a Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology at Sydney University and is responsible for the clinical service and teaching in this area. Some of his active research interests are heart failure therapy, cardiac CT imaging, and genetics of mitral valve disease. In 2018 Niek moved back to The Netherlands, but he continues to hold a part-time position at Sydney University. Niek is the tutor in the CVE Cardiorespiratory Medicine Distance Education course.

DrMedVet Dipl. ECVDI

Mariano Makara has a veterinary degree from the University of La Plata, Argentina. He undertook a radiology internship with Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine, under the guidance and direction of Dr. Joe Morgan. He then moved to the University of Zurich in Switzerland where he completed a residency program in diagnostic imaging and passed his certification exams for the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in March 2010. Following this he was promoted to Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich where he was responsible for diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, and CT in both small and large animals. He has also served as an Associate Professor at St. George’s University. His research interests have centred around computed tomography angiography and he has completed research projects in thoracic computed tomography angiography contrast medium injection technique and use in diagnosis of infections with Angiostrongylus vasorum in dogs. Mariano is currently the Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging, at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science at Sydney University.


Erin graduated with honours from the University of Sydney in 2007. Following graduation she undertook an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at a referral hospital in Connecticut, USA. This was followed by a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Erin became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2012.

Following her residency, Erin returned to Australia to work as a specialist clinician and lecturer at the University of Melbourne, a role that fostered her passion for teaching and research. Erin's clinical interests lie in pulmonary disease, mechanical ventilation, trauma, transfusion medicine, and peri-operative care. Erin is delighted to be back in her home city of Sydney, where she was the first full-time ECC specialist in NSW, and is also involved with student teaching at the University of Sydney.


Registered Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology. Rita obtained her veterinary degree from Murdoch University in Perth, WA in 1995. After a two-year stint in the UK, she returned to Australia to complete a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Sydney. This was followed by a three-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Veterinary Specialist Centre in Sydney. It was during this time as a resident that she came to realize that cardiology was her true passion. In 2008 Rita commenced a cardiology residency at the University of California, Davis and became a Diplomate of the American College of Internal Medicine in Cardiology in 2011. Rita loves all aspects of veterinary cardiology but particularly enjoys treatment of arrhythmias, performing surgical and interventional procedures and the more unusual aspects of the specialty such as the echocardiography of exotic species. 

BVSc (hons) MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine)

Mariko graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in 2007 and began working in a small animal general practice in Canberra. Since moving back to Sydney in 2009, she worked as an emergency and critical care veterinarian at referral clinics across Sydney. Mariko completed a rotating internship at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in 2011 and subsequently obtained her membership in small animal medicine with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She has an interest in the field of veterinary cardiology and, in 2013, commenced a PhD investigating therapeutics of canine and feline congestive heart failure under the supervision of Dr Niek Beijerink. Throughout Mariko’s PhD candidature, she has also worked with Dr Niek Beijerink in the cardiology service at the UVTHS.

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Student Member$562$592$176$185$1250$1315
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