CPD Events

Two-Day Small Animal Basic Echocardiography Workshop

Date : Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th February 2023

Venue : Conference Room, 1/F, Veterinary Specialty Hospital Kowloon, Hong Kong

Time : The workshops will run on 11 and 12 February 2023 from 8:30am to 5:30pm

Speaker : Dr. Mark Dirven and Dr. Myriam Baranger-Ete

Cost :
  • Both days
    • Members : $10000
    • Non-Members : $12000
    • CPD Hours : 16

Organizer : The Hong Kong Veterinary Association Ltd.

Participants will be scanning in three groups of three to guarantee best practical learning experience and maximise supervised scanning time. Each group will have its own high-end ultrasound system.

Limited to 9 attendants only.

Participants are fully responsible for bringing in their own volunteer animals for the practical scanning session (minimum 1 animal per attendant per day). Animals should be on a leash or kept inside a carrier during lectures and lunch. Sedative and reversal drugs (if required), and stethoscopes are full responsibility of participants. All animals must be up to date on vaccines (Distemper, Parvo, Rabies for dogs, FVRCP for cats) and non-aggressive.

Course Program

Having you confident on how to perform a Basic Echocardiogram examination and confident on how to differentiate between cardiac and non-cardiac causes of dyspnoea in cats, as well as how to identify a dog with myxomatous mitral valve disease and who will benefit from Pimobendan treatment. Maximum practical scanning time under supervision and guidance will be provided during both days.

Lectures will be illustrated with large amount of Case Discussion in order to get you familiar with basic Echocardiography interpretation and ultrasonographic findings in most common acquired cardiac diseases in both dogs and cats.

Day 1 – 11 February 2023 (8:30am – 5:30pm):
Echocardiography Introduction, Requirements, Anatomy
Right Parasternal Window:
Standard Views, B-mode and M-mode Measurements, Basic Doppler interrogation

Day 2 – 12 February 2023 (8:30am – 5:30pm):
Left Parasternal Window:
Standard Views, B-mode and Basic Doppler study. EPIC Scanning Protocol

This course is recognised for by the IVUSS (International Veterinary Ultrasound Society) for IVUSS Certification.

Earn a total of 16 CPD Points Approved by the Hong Kong Veterinary Surgeon's Board & AAVSB's Registry of Approved Continuing Education



Dr. Mark Dirven
DVM DECVIM-CA Cardiology

Mark Dirven graduated as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 2004. After graduation, he worked in several clinics in The Netherlands where he gained experience and received additional training in the fields of internal medicine, abdominal ultrasonography, cardiology and echocardiography. In 2012, he was asked to join the cardiology team of the companion animal clinic of Utrecht University. He combined his work in private practice with his work in the university veterinary hospital, where a worked as a cardiology resident from 2012-2017. In March 2017 he passed his certifying exam to become a European specialist in cardiology (Diplomate ECVIM-CA Cardiology). From 2017 until 2019, he continued to work as a cardiology specialist in a referral only private hospital and the Utrecht university veterinary hospital.

In January 2019, he moved from The Netherlands to Sweden where he is based at one of the largest companion animal hospitals in Europe, Evidensia Sodra animal hospital in the Stockholm area. He leads the Cardio Department of the hospital where he is involved in patient care, research and teaching of vets, nurses and cardiologists in training. He is also responsible for the post graduate cardiology education within the entire Evidensia chain of hospitals in Sweden. Additionally, he is an associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology and a board member of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology. His background in both private practice and academia helps him his clinical work, but also in his way of lecturing and teaching. He is valued for his hands-on approach to translating science into practice.


Dr. Myriam Baranger-Ete

Dr. Myriam Baranger-Ete graduated from Maisons-Alfort National Veterinary University (France) in 1998 then completed a year externship at the Equine hospital of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Saint-Hyacinthe, University of Montreal (Canada). There she completed her thesis with honours in equine locomotor pathology and diagnostic ultrasound in 1999.

A move to Hong Kong in 1999 brought her back to Canine and Feline Medicine and she completed the Distance Education Small Animal Sonology Course with the Post-Graduation Foundation of the University of Sydney in 2008, as well as a European Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine with the ESAVS (European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies), with the University of Luxemburg. During this training, Dr Myriam realized that an early and accurate diagnosis was key for any therapeutic success and she became passionate and obsessed about Diagnostics since then.

After intensive training, she focused on providing referral ultrasound services and promoting ultrasound education in Asia; co-founding Hong Kong first mobile veterinary ultrasound service (HKVUS) in 2013, then developing the services together with her local partners in Singapore (SVI) and Malaysia (MUS). Aside of her referral ultrasound clinical work, Dr Myriam very much enjoys her time teaching other veterinarians ultrasound techniques giving seminars, workshops and courses all around Asia and overseas (particularly in Australia where her family was relocated in between 2018 and 2020 and where she co-founded the Soundiagnosis Academy, in order to provide Ultrasound Education throughout Australia and New Zealand).

She is an active member of the International Veterinary Ultrasound Society, of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology and of the Australasian Association of Veterinary Diagnostics Imaging.

In love with Asia, Dr. Myriam moved back to Hong Kong in August 2021. She is thrilled to be able to continue actively developing Advanced Diagnostics in the region as "Asia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories" Regional Director, and to be able to continue supporting her veterinary colleagues with all their diagnostic needs, with HKVUS/SVI so that they can provide nothing but the best level of care to their patients, always.

Hope to see you there.
Howie Wong
HKVA CPD Coordinators

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