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On course
  1. Harry Carslake


Harry Carslake, equine medicine specialist at the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital, Liverpool, reviews a fiveday course on advanced cardiac ultrasound scanning that he completed recently.

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Harry Carslake (centre) scans a horse

Picture: Rachel Clay

Who is the course for?

The course was titled ‘Equine echocardiography for the specialist’ and was open to, as the name suggests, specialists in equine internal medicine. Numbers were restricted to six, which meant there was a very good tutor:delegate ratio.

Why did you do it?

It offered the opportunity to learn new echo techniques including speckle tracking and tissue Doppler, in a very small group and with a large practical component. The instructors (Celia Marr, John Keen and Alastair Foote) were also a draw.

How is the course structured?

There were seminars in the mornings, and then the afternoons were mostly spent scanning hearts. Each day there were also journal and case presentations. The focus was on cardiac imaging, but arrhythmias were also covered, and there was an excellent pathology practical.

How much effort did it entail?

You had to present a paper and a case. There was a trip to see a 1950s swing band on the Thursday night and dancing was compulsory.

How much does it cost?

£500, but the course was sponsored by the Sarah Leigh Legacy and Beaufort Cottage Educational Trust and the equipment was provided by BCF Technology.

Was it worth it?

Definitely. It was an excellent way to learn about newer techniques in echocardiography and provided an excellent forum for the discussion of equine cardiology in general.

Top tip

Scan the horses in the correct order.

Is there an exam?


Where do I get further details?

Rachel Clay at Rossdales, e-mail:

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