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.
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 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 :)