118.757 Cardiorespiratory Medicine for Small Animal Veterinarians (15 credit)

Lecturer: Jacqui Huxley BVSc, DVC, MRCVS

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.

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. Jacqui 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.

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.

Your lecturer

Jacqui graduated from the University of Bristol, U.K. in 2003 and worked in first opinion small animal and mixed practices for six years. She has spent the last decade working in cardiorespiratory medicine in referral hospitals, both as part of a team and as the sole cardiologist. In 2016, she set up ‘Apex Cardiology’ (a mobile cardiology service) and, last year, she moved with her family and cardio-kit, to Palmerston North. Jacqui has completed a residency in Veterinary Cardiology with the University of Nottingham and is proud to have been awarded the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology and specialist status here in New Zealand.

Course features

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

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • Self-assessed activities
  • Tutorial case material online
  • Electronic library access
  • 3 day workshop (contact course): face to face or an online option for some sessions

Learning community

  • MVM Commons community site
  • Online case discussion required
  • Social forum


  • Online test
  • Case interpretation assignment
  • Online final examination (remote proctoring)

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

Jacqui Huxley

"Doing this paper has been very informative and in-depth. It is so great that we can learn a subject in this detail and still stay working. I am applying what I have learnt every day in general practice."

"I wanted to say thanks for running a really interesting course, I have learnt heaps and am now finding cardiology a bit less scary.  Thanks to your great introduction to echos I am not as scared to pick up the ultrasound probe and have a go."

"Fantastic course. Finally start to comprehend cardiorespiratory medicine."

Contact/virtual workshop Information

*Due to COVID-19, contact workshops may have to be virtual. Please check your Stream site once enrolled for the current information or contact mvm@massey.ac.nz for the current information before you enrol.

The workshop is an opportunity for real-time interaction 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. 

For the best workshop experience, we recommend that you attend in real-time. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course.

MEGA 2 2020

The contact workshop for Cardiorespiratory Medicine will run alongside those for the Diagnostic Imaging, Gastroenterology, and Clinical Pathology courses. This format provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme and to combine with them for some sessions.

Dates and Timings*

Enrolments open October 2019
Course start July 2020
Contact Workshop Check dates here
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.


You will find more detailed information on the 118.786 Course Page. Enrolments open October 1st in the year prior to study.

For more information on delivery and course content please contact the MVM team.