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Cardiac Virtual Patients

Virtual patients provide students with a safe environment to work through a clinical case and practice making clinical diagnosis and treatment plans whilst receiving feedback.

They are increasingly used in medical education as an effective means of providing exposure to clinical teaching material for both undergraduate and CPD learners.

Three interactive cardiac virtual patients have been developed at The Royal Veterinary College thanks to funding from Elanco Animal Health. The cases have been translated into French, Spanish, German and Italian, and shared as open access resources.

View 2016 VetEd Symposium poster presentation (pdf).

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Case 1: “Monty”

Monty is an interactive virtual patient who presents with breathlessness - can you investigate his case and work out the best treatment?
Suitable for clinical students before rotations, during rotations and general practitioners.

Case 2: “Dexter”

Ask questions, examine Dexter, order and interpret tests and try to save your patient!
Suitable for clinical students during rotations and general practitioners

Case 3: “Scrappy”

Scrappy comes into your vet practice with a cough. Can you diagnose his problems and select the best treatment plan?
Suitable for clinical students during rotations and general practitioners

Related Cardiology Resources on WikiVet


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Cardiac Virtual Patients
made possible by

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Cardiac Virtual Patients is supported by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company. Elanco® and the diagonal bar are trademarks owned and licensed by Eli Lilly and Company, its subsidiaries or affiliates.

These cases are shared as open access resources with a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License


This area of the website features a selection of computer aided learning programs and other projects completed or under development by the Electronic Media Unit in collaboration with RVC academic staff.

More computer aided learning resources for veterinary students can be found on WikiVet.

“As 'real life' as I imagine you can get for an e-case”

“Puts us in the 'consult' frame of mind, and helps us to think things through rather than to simply memorize steps”

“Love how you get to make all the choices and actually work out heart auscultation and ECG interpretation”

“Really makes you think about collecting the right information and interpreting it correctly”

“Please can we have more of these virtual cases. It was SO SO helpful”

Designed and developed by the RVC Electronic Media Unit