Veterinary Cardiology

‌‌If you wish to work towards a designated ‘Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Veterinary Cardiology)’ at the University of Liverpool, you must successfully complete the following modules:

1x compulsory A-Module:  
A-FAVP.1 Foundations in Advanced Veterinary Practice
Plus one of the following modules  
B-SAP.1 Small Animal Practice
B-EP.3 Equine Practice
Plus three of the four following modules
C-VC.1 Cardiology Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

Cardiovascular Diagnostics

C-VC.3 Cardiovascular Therapeutics
C-E.2 Equine Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disease
 Plus, 1x other B or C-Module: Pick from the complete list of modules

Compulsory modules, A-FAVP.1 and B-SAP.1/B-EP.3 should be completed in order before continuing to other C-modules.

PLEASE NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure that you have access to sufficient appropriate cases where you were the primary decision maker to produce adequate material for the module. This may not be possible with some internship positions. You must also be aware of any limitations of your facilities that may make the accumulation of appropriate cases difficult or impossible.

Echocardiography is intrinsic to the investigation of cardiac disorders and has become the standard of care, therefore you will be expected to have access to ultrasound in order to successfully complete the cardiology module. Your echo skills are not expected to be advanced and nor do you need top of the range equipment or a wide range of probes but you should be confident in obtaining basic views. 

Upon successful completion of all six modules, candidates must also pass a Synoptic Examination, in order to be awarded a designated certificate. Synoptic Examinations take place once per year, in spring, at the University’s Leahurst campus.

Please be aware that the Synoptic Examination is not an examination of module content; rather, it is an all-encompassing examination on the subject of Veterinary Cardiology, wherein candidates present themselves to be examined as an Advanced Practitioner in the subject.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are aware of the scope and content of your chosen designation, and that you are adequately prepared for the examination. We are unable to provide access to lectures, notes or other module content for modules that you are not currently studying with us.