Practical Cardiology for Equine Practitioners – A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 25th May 2018 - Sat 26th May 2018
Venue: Tierklinik Hattersheim
Location: near Frankfurt, Western Germany (Frankfurt Airport)
Accredited Hours: 15 ATF Hours
Course Language: English (German Moderation)
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet EUR 670.00 EUR 1195.00
2nd vet, same clinic EUR 635.00 -
BEVA Member EUR 570.00 -
Student EUR 135.00 -
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) EUR 335.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Saturday 14th April 2018
Registration Deadline: Thursday 24th May 2018

* 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 25 - Sat 26 May 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course

Please be aware that there are only a limited number of BEVA spaces available.

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


When confronted with horses affected by cardiac abnormalities many equine practitioners are intimidated and shy away from a cardiologic work-up.  This practically-oriented course is intended to help general equine practitioners identify common equine heart diseases and their impact on performance, safety and life expectancy.  Attendees will learn how to perform a thorough physical exam of the cardiovascular system and will be taught how to acquire and interpret a routine echocardiogram and ECG, crucial skills for equine practitioners to provide heart assessments in horses.  The expertise and extensive experience of the team of internationally renowned equine cardiologists, along with a relaxed atmosphere will encourage open and honest discussions and stimulate attendees to assimilate knowledge.

The 7 hours of hands-on auscultation, ECG and echocardiography wetlabs will be held in small groups and a further 2 hours will be devoted to case discussions.  At the beginning of the course attendees will furthermore be provided a few cases to work through which will then be discussed at the end of the course.  The following topics will be covered in well-illustrated lectures and case discussions in English (no translation, but with German moderation):

  • Cardiac Auscultation – Murmurs & Arrhythmias
  • The Foundations of Equine Echocardiography
  • The Essentials of Doppler Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiography – indications, principles, and interpretation
  • Arrhythmias – relevance and treatment
  • Collapse and sudden cardiac death
  • Interpretation of cardiac findings – impact on performance, safety and life expectancy
  • Case discussions – arrhythmias, regurgitations, shunts, etc.

The 7 hours of wetlab sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to further develop their echocardiography and ECG skills in small groups (max 4-6 attendees per instructor) on live horses with heart conditions, all under the supervision of the specialists. Each attendee will rotate through the following practical stations:

  • Auscultation of horses with heart conditions
  • Echocardiography of 5 horses with cardiac abnormalities in small groups (max. of 4-6 attendees per instructor)
  • Acquisition and interpretation of resting and exercising ECG

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, 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).  On the evening of the first day all attendees are invited to attend the wine & cheese reception. 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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    Sophy Jesty
    BS, DVM, Dipl.ACVIM

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Cardiology
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    Dr. Jesty received her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2001.  She spent two years at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania, doing a fellowship in large animal cardiology and ultrasonography. She completed a large animal internal medicine residency at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania and then returned to Cornell University for a cardiology residency. Dr. Jesty then spent two years doing a fellowship in cardiac regenerative medicine at Cornell University. She spent two years in New York City as an associated cardiologist and medical director at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Jesty then joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee, where she was an assistant professor in cardiology. In 2015, she started working as a cardiologist at Charleston Veterinary Center in South Carolina.  Dr. Jesty has given numerous lectures and labs, both internationally and nationally. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is an associate editor for the ‘Journal of Veterinary Cardiology’. Her interests include cardiopulmonary exercise physiology, interventional procedures, and electrophysiology. 

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    Virginia Reef
    BA, DVM, Dipl.ACVIM, Dipl.ACVSMR, Assoc.Member ECVDI

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
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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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    Katharyn Mitchell
    BVSc, DVCS, Dipl.ACVIM


    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    After graduating from Massey University, New Zealand, in 2003 with a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Science (BVSc), Katharyn completed internships in equine medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney (2003) and University of Melbourne (2004-2005), gaining a Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Studies from the University of Sydney. She spent several years in private practice as an associate veterinarian (general mixed and equine practice) between 2006-2007 and 2010-2013. Katharyn completed a residency in large animal internal medicine at Cornell University, USA between 2007-2010 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animals) in 2010. In April 2013, she started a PhD in equine cardiovascular medicine at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and currently divides her time between working as a senior clinician working in Equine Cardiology, researching the development of arrhythmia for her PhD project and providing an ultrasonography and echocardiography service for preclinical studies using rodent models.

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    Annelies Decloedt
    DVM, PhD


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    After graduation as an equine veterinarian in 2008, Annelies 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, she works 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, Annelies was appointed as part-time professor in veterinary clinical and communicative skills at Ghent University. Her areas of major professional interest are equine cardiology, ultrasound and exercise physiology.

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Tierklinik Hattersheim


Tierklinik Hattersheim
Birkenhof 2
65795 Hattersheim


Distance from Frankfurt Airport - approx. 11.8 km


Take the A66 Frankfurt – Wiesbaden, exit Hattersheim-Süd/West (industrial area, Okriftel). Follow in the direction of Hattersheim Süd/West, across the set of lights and turn right after 100m. The clinic is signposted from here.

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Parkhotel Frankfurt Airport***        

Mainzer Landstrasse 33, 65795 Hattersheim. Tel: +49 (0) 6190 89 99 0. Email

Distance to clinic 1.4 km                           

Rooms from €80

Hotel am Schwimmbad ***                     

Staufenstraße 35, 65795 Hattersheim am Main. Tel: +49 (0)511 9 72 56 0. Email: Website:

Distance to clinic 1.7 km                               

Rooms from €89

Gästehaus Frankfurt***                  

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Distance to clinic 1.2 km                               

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