Advanced Equine Cardiology: Delving into the Heart of the Matter

October 28, 2021 8:00 AM
Penn Vet's New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA

Health and Safety:

The ACVIM considers the health and safety of all those onsite at the Equine Cardiology course our highest priority, including our attendees, sponsors and ACVIM staff. The ACVIM pledges to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, as well as state and local health organizations regarding this pandemic.

The ACVIM will also abide by any health and safety protocol required by the New Bolton Center, including proof of vaccination before going onsite to the program.  As the event nears, more detailed information about proof of vaccination submission and additional safety protocols will be communicated with participants.

At this time, we are tentatively moving forward with this in-person course and will continue to monitor the ongoing impact of COVID-19, including the latest developments around the surge of the Delta variant. We ask for your continued patience and understanding as we acknowledge how difficult uncertainty can be. Please note that should the consensus be to cancel this course, registrants will be issued a full refund. If you have any questions please contact


Your registration fee includes: 

  • Course materials and lecture proceedings
  • Daily refreshment breaks and lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Course Capacity
Capacity is set at 30 attendees based on small group interactions with the presenters and the hands-on labs.

Please note
Proof of vaccination will be required in order to attend the course.

COURSE IS SOLD OUT - Please add yourself to the waitlist during the registration process!

Existing Users

(ACVIM Diplomates and candidates; previous ACVIM event attendees)

New Users

(No previous ACVIM Forum or ACE course attendance)


Penn Vet's New Bolton Center 
382 West Street Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
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Penn Vet's New Bolton Center rural campus is located on 700 acres in Kennett Square, PA and is approximately 34 miles from the Philadelphia International Airport. New Bolton Center is world-renowned for its large animal hospital and research centers. 


Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square
815 East Baltimore Pike
Kennett Square, PA 19348
(610) 444-9100
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The Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square is located 45 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport and 10 minutes from Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center.  The hotel offers complimentary self-parking and breakfast.

ACVIM group rate:
$139.00 + tax per night

Reservation link coming soon!

Course Information

  • Date: October 28-30, 2021
  • Start Time: 8:00 am EDT
  • End Time: 2:45 pm EDT
  • Location: Penn Vet's New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA
  • Audience: ACVIM Diplomates and candidates
  • Specialty: LAIM
  • Type: Lecture and Hands-on lab
  • CE Hours: 22


Lab Partner


RACE Application Status:

This program will be submitted for 22 hours of live, seminar/lecture and lab medical continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE-approval.

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Mark Whittier & Lila Griswold Allam Emeritus Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Virginia Reef received her DVM from the Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979, was followed by a PennVet large animal rotating internship, large animal internal medicine residency and ACVIM(LAIM) board certification. She is a charter diplomate of the ACVSM and is a large animal associate member of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Reef received the Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine chair (2002), ACVIM Robert W. Kirk award (2013), AAEP distinguished educator award (2015), doctor “h.c.” Ghent University (2016), Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art lecturer (2018) and became an honorary ACVIM Cardiology diplomate (2019).

Annelies Decloedt, DVM, PhD

Annelies Decloedt, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor
Ghent University, Belgium

After graduation as an equine veterinarian in 2008, Dr. Annelies Decloedt 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 worked as a postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders, investigating the influence of pulmonary hypertension and exercise training on right ventricular function. Her areas of major professional interest are equine cardiology and ultrasound. In 2015, Dr. Decloedt was appointed as assistant professor in veterinary clinical and communication skills at Ghent University.

Mary Durando, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)

Mary Durando, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)
Equine Sports Medicine Consultants, LLC

Dr. Mary Durando received her DVM from the University of Georgia before completing a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Florida. After receiving a PhD in physiology with a research emphasis centered on endotoxin tolerance at the Medical University of South Carolina, she completed a fellowship in Ultrasound and Cardiology in the Sports Medicine Section at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. This was followed by a 3-year position in equine cardiopulmonary/exercise physiology research, primarily using horses exercising on a highspeed treadmill, in the Section of Sports Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. Dr. Durando’s clinical interests include cardiology and respiratory disorders and how dysfunction in these systems affects performance, as well as neonatology. 


Associate Veterinary Specialist
Rossdales Equine Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, Newmarket, United Kingdom

Dr. Celia Marr graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1985. Her clinical career has focused on Cardiovascular Medicine, Internal Medicine, Intensive Care & Medical Imaging. She has held positions at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge and the Royal Veterinary College and worked in racehorse practice in Lambourn. Dr. Marr 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.

Cristobal Navas de Solis, LV, MS, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)

Cristobal Navas de Solis, LV, MS, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)
Assistant Professor Cardiology Ultrasound and Internal Medicine 
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Cris Navas received his veterinary degree from the UCH-CEU University in Valencia, Spain, a PhD from UAB, Barcelona, Spain and a Masters Of Veterinary Clinical Medicine from the University of Illinois. He completed a residency in Equine Internal Medicine (University of Illinois) and Fellowship in Cardiology and Ultrasound (University of Pennsylvania) and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine since 2009. Dr Navas joined Texas A&M as Clinical Assistant Professor from 2015-2019 and returned to PennVet in 2019. Dr Navas' clinical activity and research focuses in equine cardiology and he ultrasound.


Associate Professor of Large Animal Cardiology and Ultrasound
University of Pennsylvania 

Dr. JoAnn Slack is an Associate Professor of Large Animal Cardiology and Ultrasound at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center where she serves as the Service Chief of Ultrasound and the Section Chief of Imaging. Her primary clinical and research interests include equine cardiac arrhythmias and their effects on athletic performance, the use of cardiac biomarkers in the horse and cardiology in the critical care setting. Dr Slack’s current research includes cardiac arrhythmias during the cross-country phase of eventing, metoprolol pharmacokinetics in the horse, and pathological atrioventricular block in the horse.

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