AN OUTSTANDING LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR VETERINARIANS
Develop your confidence and competence levels in echocardiography with this practical tutored course.
5 days of 100% practice with live patients.
Fully supported with the presence of a dedicated cardiologist tutor on site throughout the entire course.
Access to different ultrasound machines so you can obtain diagnostic images with different equipment.
Online theoretical content so you are prepared for the practical days and can make the most time of scanning.
IMPROVING COMPETENCE WITH ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY
A full cardiological assessment requires a competent echocardiography, but consistency in your skills can be hard to achieve.
Lack of feedback
A lot of times, we learn echocardiography by taking a course and then having a "let's give it a go" approach, without anyone actually backing us that we are still obtaining the right images.
It's not every day that you have patients for echocardiography. Many of them are referred to your experienced colleague, so you may not have a chance of practising.
Echocardiography and cardiology courses do usually provide practical experience, but the accumulated hours are not enough for you to feel confident in your skills when you have to do one on your own.
Cardiology cases are not the most frequent in practice and tend to be referred to experienced colleagues who have accumulated more hours and training in echocardiography or pursued cardiology training. Because of this, it can be difficult to get started with echocardio, as the cases may not even be assessed in your workplace. This means that you are unable to build more hours of practice, so you remain doubtful about your images and diagnoses.
Lack of opportunity leads to
inability to perform a correct echocardiography.
Learning echocardiography can be very frustrating as the cases are not extremely common, but combining this with the lack of ongoing practice and feedback means that you are unsure about your professional skills and may miss diagnoses or provide wrong diagnoses. Having the possibility of developing your skills and becoming systematic with your echos means you are able to complete this exam consistently feeling confident with your conclusions.
The Echocardio Academy is built with five stepping stones in mind that sediment your learning to become proficient with echocardiography:
We provide an intense focus on developing your skills for 5 days. Our Academy runs from Monday to Friday, morning and evening.
It's all hands-on
You are the one performing the echos. You will also be able to watch how to perform them and interpret images and measurements obtained by others.
An experienced tutor for you
You will be followed by an experienced tutor that works with cardiology, who is there to give you feedback on your technique and images throughout the entire course.
Dedicated to learning and teaching
Our dedicated learning environment allows you to move away from the expectations of clients while working with real patients.
Accommodation and meals are all sorted by us and we help you plan your journey to Portugal. You can focus on your skills!
Before the practical course, you will have access to our Member Area of the website where you will be able to review all the principles of echocardiography, so you waste no time when you visit the training centre Portugal.
We will be using different types of ultrasound machines so you can practice obtaining the images with different equipment. We will also strive to have healthy dogs and cats, as well as patients that require proper investigations.
Learn and Pause
Your arms get tired when doing many ultrasounds, so we want you to be able to take breaks. You will be grouped with one or two other vets and swap between performing echocardio and assisting with image interpretation and measurement recording.
By the end of the Academy, we expect you to be able to perform a complete echocardiography and obtain the minimum images and measurements for diagnosis of the most common cardiac diseases, as well as elaborate a report for other colleagues.
We will also strive to help you actually identify cardiac disease in real patients and propose treatment options.
Dates for the next Courses
For this Academy we accept only veterinary professionals.
May 2023 - 8th to 12th May (Monday to Friday)
Suggested arrival on the 7th and departure on the 13th.
September 2023 - 4th to 8th September (Monday to Friday)
Suggested arrival on the 3rd and departure on the 9th.
TRAVEL, STAY AND MEALS
The Echocardio Academy takes place at the UniVets Global centre in Vila Franca de Xira. This is a small city that is located 20 minutes away from Lisbon airport and has a well-connected train station.
We arrange for your accommodation in Vila Franca de Xira. When we can, we try to give you a taste of local culture by having you stay in your own bedroom in a local thematic bungalow (which you may share with one more delegate). The bungalows are located in a compound that also includes a swimming pool and gym. They are also walking distance from the training centre and the town centre and a very short drive to the motorway to Lisbon.
All your meals are included. Breakfast is provided at the training centre. Lunch and dinner take place in varied restaurants in the area, so you can have a taste for the local gastronomy. We will bring you to those locations and we will also arrange your travel between the bungalows and the training centre.
We will finish each day in time for you to have a stroll around the city and enjoy the river views, or relax at the bungalow compound.
How to Book a Course
Each Echocardio Academy edition has a limit of 9 vacancies. We aim to run this Academy twice a year.
Fill out the pre-registration form to let us know what Academy you’d like to join.
Once we know when you’d like to join, we’ll get in touch with you by email or phone to explain you how the course works and make sure you have no questions.
After speaking to you we can confirm if there is a vacancy and will start your registration if you want to take it by sending you an invitation letter with full terms and conditions.
Deposit and reservation
We will raise the invoice for your deposit. Once your deposit is paid, your reservation is complete and we’ll start processing your accommodation and help you plan your travel.
Three Good Reasons to Join
The Echocardio Academy offers you a unique and unforgettable experience that goes beyond learning skills.
40h of CPD
40 hours of certified CPD with a proficiency diploma at the end.
Practise, practise, practise
Our Academy is the most practical Academy you will find.
The mentor and the mentee
We pride ourselves in bringing you tutors that are passionate about teaching, but we also love to see our delegates move from student to teacher!
Frequently asked question
Here are a few answers to our most common questions
The Echocardio Academy is available only for veterinary professionals who have already graduated and not students. This is because we feel that the theoretical and practical skills are advanced and vet students may struggle to find all relevant or immediately applicable.
Yes you can! Although you will benefit more from the course if you understand the basics of ultrasound and echocardiography, we will provide you with study materials for you to prepare before the in-person Academy, so you are ready to start scanning on the first day of the practical!
The course takes place in our training centre in Portugal , in a city called Vila Franca de Xira. This city is located 20 minutes away from Lisbon airport and can also be reached in 30-40 minutes by public transport.
More than the number, we care about your confidence with the procedure. You'll have other colleagues with you and we want you to do at least one full echocardiography in the morning and one in the afternoon, but want you to assist with at least two more for each period.
There will be one tutor with dedicated experience in Cardiology and cardiac imaging available all the time to help you with image interpretation, little tricks and tips, repositioning the probe and obtaining the right images for the measurements.
During this course, you will be grouped with one or two more vets and assigned an ultrasound machine for the day. You will then swap between assisting with image interpretation while restraining the patients (they are not sedated, unless really necessary) and performing the echocardio yourself.
The fee for the 5-day course with accommodation and meals included is £2800. This value can be paid in two instalments and converted into other currencies.
We will organise accommodation for you at the local bungalows in Vila Franca de Xira, which provide you your own bedroom. You may share the bungalow with another delegate (but not your bedroom). The cost of the accommodation is already included in the course fees. In some cases when there is no availability, we will make alternative arrangements (we will inform you if this is the case).
Yes, we will offer you breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday. We will also accommodate your preferences and limitations.
We will help you organise your travel and provide you with information to comply with COVID-19 travel restrictions. However, you will have to make travel arrangements to travel to Vila Franca de Xira from the airport, which we'll help you with. The training centre is walking distance from your accommodation.
We only ask that you bring scrubs to wear during the course, you can also bring your own stethoscope if you want. And we advise you bring comfy shoes! ;)
At the training center we have a dedicated space for the dogs to rest while we're doing scans and a separate area for us to perform the ultrasound. Of course, you will also have a bathroom available, and a small rest area where you can have snacks (and coffee!). We will be going out for meals :)
Learn to perform echocardiography in Portugal
A unique and supported experience to develop your imaging skills and diagnostic confidence, offering you a remarkable learning environment.
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