Heart Murmurs & Coughing in Dogs & Cats | Centre for Veterinary Education

Heart Murmurs & Coughing in Dogs & Cats

This course aims to provide practitioners with a sound, evidence-based approach to dealing with heart murmurs in dogs and cats.

Facilitated by an internal medicine specialist Fleur James and a radiologist Zoe Lenard the course covers your approach to an orderly diagnosis of murmurs using the tools you have available in practice, specifically recognizing the differences between dogs and cats.

Differentiation of cardiac and non-cardiac causes of coughing as well as diagnosing cardiomegaly and heart failure on radiographs should be possible at the conclusion of this practical TimeOnline course.

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understanding how to approach a work up to a heart murmur in a juvenile, middle-aged or older dog or cat

  • Understanding how to diagnose radiographic cardiomegaly in the dog and cat

  • Understanding how to approach a coughing dog or cat in terms of further work up

  • Have developed an understanding of the radiographic features of left heart failure in the dog and cat.


  1. Heart murmur heard in consultation

  2. Radiographic cardiomegaly

  3. My patient is coughing – what do I do?

  4. Is this heart failure or not? 

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.


Monday 6 August - Sunday 2 September 2018
Delivered Online


BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Radiology)

Zoe Lenard graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1999. She worked in small animal practice in inner Sydney for 4 years, before moving to Perth, Western Australia. At Murdoch University, Zoe undertook a residency in Diagnostic Imaging (2003-2006) and became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Radiology in 2007. Zoe is a Director of the Veterinary Imaging Centre and Perth Veterinary Specialists, adjunct Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University and is a tutor for the CVE Abdominal Imaging Distance Education course.


Fleur James is a 2000 Murdoch University Veterinary graduate who enjoyed four years in small animal general practice before pursuing her career dream of specialising in small animal internal medicine. She joined Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital (MUVH) in 2004 and started her formal residency program in 2005. During her residency, Fleur enjoyed the opportunity to attend and present at national and international conferences as well as train with eminent internists and oncologists at MUVH, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cambridge (UK), Liverpool (UK), and Davis California (USA).  Fleur was awarded Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2009.  After her residency, she remained at Murdoch as Senior Registrar in Small Animal Medicine and Oncology for 8 more years. She recently moved to Veterinary Medicine Specialists at Perth Veterinary Specialists to explore new opportunities. She is passionate about her work and continuing education.

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.

The TimeOnline nurse rate is the same as the Recent Grad/Part-time member rate in the table above. 

Discounts and nurse registrations can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au.

Further details

Have a question? Your answer could be on our frequently asked questions page. If you cannot find an answer for your question, please email us or call us on +61 2 9351 7979.