Demystifying ECGs | Centre for Veterinary Education

Demystifying ECGs

Demystifying ECGs

Arrhythmias can produce a broad range of symptoms, from the barely perceptible to cardiovascular collapse.

In the diagnostic work-up of arrhythmias, electrocardiography is the key element.

If you’re like most vets, reading ECGs is probably a little bit of a nightmare! This course will help you develop a step by step guide to the interpretation of ECGs, starting with grasping the concepts of electrocardiography, and the normal ECG. Using case-based material, we will cover the most common ECG abnormalities in dogs and cats and review basic treatment strategies to help you provide better diagnostic and treatment options for your patients and clients.

Learning objectives

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Confidently read an ECG and interpret it
  • Identify the most common ECG abnormalities seen in dogs and cats
  • Understand the key treatment strategies for canine and feline arrhythmias.


  1. The normal ECG

  2. Canine arrhythmias

  3. Feline arrhythmias

  4. Antiarrhythmic therapy


Monday 8 April - Sunday 5 May 2019
Delivered Online


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. Since August 2018 Nick has been based in The Netherlands. While he has an ongoing role at Sydney University, he is also a clinical consultant at Veterinaire Specialisten in Vught. Some of his active research interests are heart failure therapy, cardiac CT imaging, and stem cell therapy for heart disease. Niek is also the tutor in the CVE Cardiorespiratory Medicine Distance Education course.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members