118.757 Cardiorespiratory Medicine for Small Animal Veterinarians (15 credit)

Lecturer: Gil Jacobs DVM DipACVIM(cardiology)

Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) cardiorespiratory medicine course is a detailed, practical course that will give you the skills to understand the most complex of cardiorespiratory conditions.

The course is led by Gil Jacobs, a highly-experienced American lecturer with a practice specialising in cardiology and internal medicine.

Please note: Courses are revised following each offering. Details of content and assessment are subject to change between offerings.

What will you learn?

Cardiac and respiratory diseases are common in canine and feline patients. This course will give you the skills to correctly differentiate these diseases from each other (which we all know is not always as easy as it might seem), and from diseases of other body systems.

You will learn how to choose and interpret appropriate diagnostic tests and how to manage common cardiac and respiratory diseases in dogs and cats. Gil will help you to advise owners of possible options and outcomes and how to distinguish when the case may need to be referred.

You will be reviewing recent clinical material to promote discussion and debate. Gil's passion is to enable you to manage the ups and downs of these challenging cases from a practice-based perspective.

How the course works

This course is taught via distance learning (you may know it as continuing education, distance education or continuing professional development) by recognised international experts in their field.

Course materials include a study guide, online materials and three days of lectures and practical sessions on the contact course.

Expect to participate and have fun doing it. Gil has written a study guide and accompanying online activities, which are rich in clinical material, images and insight.

Your lecturer

Gil graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. Since then he has had extensive academic and practical experience in veterinary science. He spent time in internships or residencies at the University of Georgia, Cornell University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has Board Certification in Cardiology and was a Professor of Medicine at the University of Georgia from 1984 to 2000. In 2000, he started his own specialty practice, primarily cardiology and selected areas of internal medicine, in Athens, Georgia.

Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Lecturer-authored notes
  • Study guide
  • Self-assessed activities
  • Tutorial case material online
  • Electronic library access
  • 2 day workshop: face to face as well as streamed online

Learning community

  • Online case discussion required
  • Social forum


  • Online test
  • Case assessment
  • Final exam online

Course requirements

  • Internet access: you need regular access to a computer and the internet so you can participate in class discussions and assessments online. A high speed internet connection is desirable but not essential
  • No textbook is required for this course

Contact Course Information

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The new format also provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme by combining with them for some sessions.

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).



Dates and timings*

For more information on delivery and cost please visit the Massey University course site.

Enrolments open October 2019
Course start July 2020
Exam period February 2021
Course end February 2021

 *Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates, but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.

If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

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