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 common presentations such as dyspnoea, acute posterior paralysis, murmur, and syncope
  • Gain an understanding of when to use which diagnostic aids in the work-up of these common presentations
  • 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

Course Fees

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

Repeat CPD Participant Discount*

If you have:

  • Completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on future DE courses.
  • Participated in a CVE DE, TimeOnline or face-to-face CPD in the past 12 months you are eligible for a 10% discount for further registrations (excluding DE, workshops, the Practical Ultrasound -Intensive Short Course and the Recent Graduate Survival Seminar).

*Discounts are not cumulative. For further information about discount options for multiple registrations at the one event, please read the full Terms & Conditions.

To redeem your discount contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm) or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au.