Feline Cardiology | Centre for Veterinary Education

Feline Cardiology

The progression in knowledge in feline cardiorespiratory medicine over the last decades has been absolutely breathtaking.

Echocardiography has become more complex (and affordable), new blood tests have appeared, and new drugs have become available. As a result however, keeping up with the advances in feline cardiology is challenging. 

This course encompasses the new developments and translates the scientific advances into clinical useful applicable information. More specifically, this course will guide you through the initial approach to cardiac disease in cats and review common feline cardiac problems that you will encounter in everyday practice. The backbones of every module will be case-based material supplemented with appropriate literature and video cases where required.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Learn which subtle (often missed) hints to look for in the physical exam of cardiac cases.

  • Gain an understanding of how common presentation such as dyspnoea, acute posterior paralysis, murmur, and syncope appear using across key diagnostic aids, and therefore, which aid to use when!

  • Review the latest findings on feline cardiomyopathies, their diagnosis and treatment.

  • Develop an approach to the investigation of common feline arrhythmias, congenital heart disease and systemic hypertension


  1. Clinical evaluation and decision-making of cats with cardiovascular disease

  2. Common diagnostic modalities

  3. Feline cardiomyopathies: diagnosis and treatment

  4. Approach to common feline arrhythmias, congenital heart disease and systemic hypertension

Course Delivery

This course includes:

  • Written notes, photographs,  videos and case studies

  • Self-assessed multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutors

  • An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the course

The estimated time to complete this course is 10 hours and it will be open for 4 weeks.

RACE Approved for 10 CE Hours

This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 10 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.


Monday 10 September - Sunday 7 October 2018
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. Some of his active research interests are heart failure therapy, cardiac CT imaging, and stem cell therapy for heart disease. Niek is the tutor in the CVE Cardiorespiratory Medicine Distance Education course.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$289
Student Member$145
Non-member / eMember$578
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au to register.

Further details

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