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Small Animal Echocardiography Course

DATE: 5th November, 2017

The course will take place during the West Indies Veterinary Conference; 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM; Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Campus, St. Kitts, West Indies.


The echocardiography course is generously sponsored by:


Dr. Moise is Professor of Medicine in the Section of Cardiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. She received her DVM degree from Texas A&M University and the Masters from Cornell University. She is board certified in the ACVIM in cardiology and internal medicine. She has performed clinical cardiology for more than 30 years with extensive experience in echocardiography. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice, and research. Her research has centered on spontaneous cardiac rhythms in dogs including ventricular arrhythmias and sinus node dysfunction. Her focus now concerns the patterning and beat-to-beat heart rate variability of normal and abnormal rhythms. She also has orchestrated collaborative studies to understand the mechanisms of degeneration of the mitral valve in dogs.  She was awarded the AVMA research award for arrhythmia studies and the Bourgelat Award for international contribution to the clinical practice of veterinary medicine. Dr. Moise was Editor-in Chief (5 years) and Associate Editor (2 years) of the international Journal of Veterinary Cardiology. She was a co-author of the textbook Canine and Feline Cardiology with Dr. Philip Fox and Dr. David Sisson.  She teaches veterinary students and trains cardiology residents. Dr. Moise is extensively involved in the international aspects of academic veterinary cardiology including speaking world-wide, international organizations and training.  Currently she is involved in writing a 2-part book on electrocardiography and arrhythmias with Dr. Roberto Santilli and Dr. Romain Pariaut.


The practical course is open to small animal practitioners, residents and interns wishing to enhance their echocardiography knowledge and skills. This one-day course will include a mix of lectures and hands on practice.

The course objectives are 1) To provide a small group of dedicated veterinarians the opportunity to obtain quality echocardiographic images that will permit the diagnosis of the most common disorders; 2) To show echocardiographic examples of specific diseases including the components that are critical to the diagnosis.

The didactic parts will focus on 1) how to set the ultrasound controls for optimal use of the echocardiographic system and how to define an optimal image during echocardiographic examination. Video loops of the various echocardiographic views will be shown as well as video loops showing the actual motion of the probe in order to obtain the image. Guidance will be given with regards to how to set the controls to optimize the image to get these various views. 2) Numerous video loops will be shown to repeatedly give examples for pattern recognition of disease. In addition to specific diseases, characteristic abnormalities will be shown such as pulmonary hypertension, regurgitate lesions, diastolic dysfunction, systolic dysfunction and others. The most common disorders requiring diagnosis in a general veterinary practice will be emphasized. 3) participants will be given videos to ensure they understand, watching the echocardiographic loops, what structures are, the quality of an image and what is needed to be done to correct the poor image, examples of diseases to make proper diagnoses, and a sampling of advanced echocardiographic to see what the next step in learning entails. 4) Questions to assess the success of the laboratory and understanding of echocardiographic diagnoses will be given. Additionally, examples of more advanced echocardiographic studies will be shown and explained so that the participants can know what their next challenge will be to advance their skills.

During the practical sessions, the views from the right parasternal position will be practiced with guidance not only on how to position the ultrasound probe but also how to properly position the patient. Emphasis will also be placed on the proper identification of the cardiac structures. Optimization of the echocardiographic controls will be learned. The echocardiography views will be practiced a second time but the left side will be examined.


$1,200 for standalone attendees; $900 for WIVC attendees;
Limited availability

Visit the West Indies Veterinary Conference Registration Page.

AAVSB Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)

This program 541-30424 is approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE to offer a total of 56.00 CE Credits (30.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 56.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (30.00 max).

This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of:
Category Two: Non-Scientific-Clinical
Category Three: Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development using the delivery method of Seminar/LectureLab/Wet Lab.

This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program.