Advanced Cardiology – A 2-Day Practical Boutique Course (max. 24 vets)

Date: Fri 5th Nov 2021 - Sat 6th Nov 2021
Venue: Pferdeklinik Salzhofen
Location: near Stuttgart, Southern Germany (Stuttgart Airport)
Contact Hours: 16 ATF Stunden
Course Language: English (German Moderation)
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Qualified Vet EUR 940.00 -
2nd vet, same clinic EUR 895.00 -
Veterinary Student EUR 190.00 -
Intern/Resident (Requires Proof of Status) EUR 470.00 -
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - -
Vet L&P / Tech L-only EUR 2740.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Thursday 4th November 2021
Registration Deadline: Thursday 4th November 2021

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all attendees when attending courses in the UK.


Fri 5 - Sat 6 November 2021 - A 2-Day Practical Course


The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take place.


COVID-19 Update
We have firm plans to hold all advertised courses and events scheduled between August and December as announced on our website, provided that restrictions will have been lifted by then. We would like to reassure you that if you register for one of our upcoming courses, you will or can opt to receive a full refund if the course/event should have to be postponed or cancelled due to restrictions associated with Covid-19. We will of course continue to closely monitor developments and government advice, as well as adhering to routine social distancing and anti-viral procedures on the courses. As usual, we urge you to not make any non-refundable travel or accommodation arrangements until VetPD has confirmed in writing that the course/event will indeed take place and to have suitable travel insurance in place, should the situation / government advice suddenly change.


This course is aimed at equine clinicians with a good working knowledge of equine cardiology and is ideal for vets who have previously attended our course on Practical Cardiology for Equine Practitioners. The team of internationally renowned equine cardiologists will be covering the following topics through well-illustrated lectures, video demonstrations and case discussions in English (with German moderation):

  • Advanced Echocardiographic Assessment of Left-Sided Valvular Regurgitation
  • Segmental Approach to the Evaluation of Congenital Cardiac Disease
  • The Many Facets of Myocardial Disease in Horses
  • Continuous ECG monitoring & Exercising ECG
  • Practical TDI Imaging for Evaluation of Atrial and Ventricular Function
  • Practical Application of Speckle Tracking (Evaluation of Myocardial Strain)
  • 4D Echocardiography – Equine Applications
  • Management of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Mapping & Ablation of Atrial Arrhythmias
  • Right Heart Function – Practical Applications

The 10 hours of echocardiography in small groups (max. 4 attendees per instructor), ECG wetlabs and interactive case-discussions will provide ample opportunities for attending vets to further develop their practical skills on live horses under the watchful eyes of the experts.  Each attendee will be rotating through the following stations

  • Echocardiography Stations 1 – 6 (= 6 hours)
  • Exercising ECGs on live horses
  • Interpretation of Exercising ECGs
  • Echocardiography Measurement Station
  • Heart Murmurs & Arrhythmias Case-based Discussions

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:  B-EP.3;  C-E.2;  C-E.3;  C-E.5;  C-E.15;  C-E.16; C -VDI.5

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    Gunther van Loon
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECEIM, Assoc.Member ECVDI


    European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Gunther van Loon graduated from Ghent University, Belgium, in 1992 and has worked at the Ghent University, Department of Large Animal Internal Medicine, ever since. In 2001 he finished his PhD on “Atrial pacing and experimental atrial fibrillation in equines”. In 2004 he became Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and in 2011 Associate Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. He is now Professor in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Ghent University and his major interests are cardiology (arrhythmias, electrophysiology, cardiac pacing, echocardiography, TDI, 2D ST), and thoracic and abdominal ultrasound. Areas of research include 2D Speckle Tracking, Tissue Doppler Imaging, cardiac biomarkers, assessment of arterial wall stiffness and great vessel pathology, atrial fibrillation. Gunther has published mainly in the field of equine internal medicine and cardiology and lectures regularly at national and international courses and conferences. 

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    Virginia Reef
    BA, DVM, Dipl.ACVIM, Dipl.ACVSMR, Cardiology, h.c. (Ghent University)

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation, Cardiology (honorary)
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    Dr. Virginia Reef, a 1979 graduate of The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, completed a rotating internship in large animal medicine and surgery, and a residency in large animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Reef subsequently became the Director of the Large Animal Cardiology and Ultrasound Service.  Shortly thereafter she was instrumental in establishing the Section of Sports Medicine and Imaging at New Bolton Center and has been the Chief of that Section for the past 18 years. Dr. Reef has worked on the faculty at Penn for the past 27 years, advancing through the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor. She has trained the majority of academics focusing on equine cardiology and ultrasonography in the United States, as well as many individuals in private practice and overseas. Based on her many accomplishments, Dr. Reef was granted a prestigious endowed chair at Penn and currently serves as the Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine. She is one of the charter diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a large animal associate member of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. In addition to numerous original publications, she is the author and editor of a standard textbook on equine diagnostic imaging, “Equine Diagnostic Ultrasound.” 

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    Fe ter Woort
    DVM, DVSc, Dipl.ACVIM

    Belgium, United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Fe is a specialist in internal medicine, with a focus on equine cardiology and ultrasound. She graduated from the University of Liège, Belgium in 2008 followed by an internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. During her internal medicine residency at the University of Guelph, Canada, Fe combined her clinical training with a graduate degree. Her research focused on Inflammatory Airway Disease in actively racing horses and in 2012 she defended her thesis to receive a DVSc degree from the University of Guelph. After becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2013, she pursued her interest in equine sports medicine further: she completed a 2 year Equine Ultrasound and Cardiology Fellowship at New Bolton Center, USA. Fe currently works in Belgium, for Equine Sports Medicine Practice, helping high-level sport horses in different equestrian disciplines reach their peak performance and providing specialty equine cardiology, respiratory and ultrasound services across Europe. 

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    Annelies Decloedt
    DVM, PhD


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    After graduating as an equine veterinarian in 2008, I completed a PhD at Ghent University in equine echocardiography (tissue Doppler imaging and two-dimensional speckle tracking for quantification of left ventricular function). Since 2012, I have worked as a postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders, investigating the influence of pulmonary hypertension and exercise training on right ventricular function. In 2015, I was appointed as assistant professor in veterinary clinical and communication skills at the faculty of veterinary medicine, Ghent University. I was responsible for establishing the skills laboratory where students can practice clinical and communication skills using dummy models and simulations. My areas of major professional interest are equine cardiology and ultrasound, veterinary education and veterinarian-client communication.

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    Celia M. Marr

    United Kingdom

    RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Celia M Marr graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1985 and her clinical career has focused on Cardiovascular Medicine, Internal Medicine, Intensive Care & Medical Imaging, and she has held positions in the University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge and the Royal Veterinary College and worked in racehorse practice in Lambourn. Currently, she is based at Rossdales Equine Hospital and Diagnostic Centre in Newmarket. Celia has published widely on medical disorders of the horse. She is a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine, Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Honorary Member of British Equine Veterinary Association, Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow and Editor-in-Chief of Equine Veterinary Journal..

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    Charlotte Hopster-Iversen
    Med.Vet, PhD, Dipl.ECEIM


    European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Charlotte received her veterinary degree at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany in 2006, and thereafter finished a rotating internship at the equine clinic of this University.

    In the following years, she completed a doctoral thesis in equine cardiology, followed by a PhD in equine gastroenterology and a residency in equine internal medicine.

    She worked as a lecturer in the section of internal medicine at the equine clinic in Hannover, Germany, from 2010 to 2017 and became a diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine in 2015.

    From 2017 to 2018, she worked as a researcher in translational medicine for the Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania.

    Charlotte became assistant professor in large animal internal medicine in August 2018 at the large animal hospital, University of Copenhagen. She has written several articles in equine internal medicine, focusing on cardiology, gastroenterology and equine welfare and lectures regularly at national and international courses and conferences.

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Course Program

Pferdeklinik Salzhofen


Pferdeklinik Salzhofen
Salzhofen 3


Pferdeklinik Salzhofen
Salzhofen 3

75015 Bretten

Telephone: 07252 / 93 64 – 0





From the A5

Take the exit Bruchsal and follow the B35 towards Bretten, after ca. 20 km turn right to Bretten (B294) Follow Pforzheim. Past the village/town turn right towards Sprantal. After ca. 200m turn left to Salzhofen.

From the A8

Take the exit Pforzheim Nord, follow the B294 towards Bretten, ca. 15 km. Turn left before the town sign Bretten towards Sprantal. After ca. 200m turn left to Salzhofen.

From Stuttgart

Take the B10 towards Pforzheim, then follow B35 towards Bretten. Take the exit Bretten-Ost, turn left onto L1103 towards Pforzheim. Past the village/town turn right towards Sprantal. After ca. 200m turn left to Salzhofen.



Stuttgart Airport - approx. 62 km




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"Perfect mix of theory and practical sessions, with excellent practical relevance. The course was very well organized and I would thoroughly recommend it. Well done VetPD!"

Carolin Ehrmann, Clinic for Horses, Giessen University, Germany