Advanced Equine Cardiology: Delving into the Heart of the Matter

November 02, 2023 9:30 AM
Penn Vet's New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA


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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

Complimentary transportation will be provided between the Hilton Garden Inn and New Bolton Center. Shuttle schedule will be announced prior to the beginning of the course.

Off Route 1, the Hilton Garden Inn is a five-minute drive from Longwood Gardens. Brandywine River Museum and Winterthur are within 15 minutes, and there’s a variety of wineries just as close. Philadelphia International Airport is 45 minutes away. Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center is approximately 5 miles and 8 minutes away. They have an indoor pool, 24-hour shop, fitness center, and restaurant open for breakfast and dinner.

**Please note if you are not staying at the Hilton Garden Inn breakfast and transportation will be on your own.**

How to Make Your Reservation: Individuals are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Booking instructions and link will be sent in your confirmation email when you are fully registered for the course. 

Course Information

  • Date: November 2-4, 2023
  • Start Time: 7:30 am ET
  • End Time: 2:45 pm ET
  • Location: New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA
  • Audience: ACVIM and ECEIM Diplomates and Candidates
  • Specialty: LAIM
  • Type: Lecture and Wet lab
  • CE Hours: 22.5

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RACE Application Status:

This program has been approved for 22.5 hours of live, seminar/lecture continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE-approval.

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While there are currently no wellbeing protocols in place, in the event protocols are needed, all course attendees will be asked to participate in and abide by all protocols implemented on-site for the event. We will continue to closely monitor all conditions related to COVID-19 between now and the start of the event and reserve the right to modify health screening protocols in our sole discretion. We will inform you of any such changes and as a condition of participation you would agree to follow these protocols.




Virginia Reef


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

Virginia Reef’s DVM (Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine 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 ACVSMR and is a large animal associate member of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. She 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


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.

Gunther van Loon


Gunther van Loon, DVM, PhD, DECEIM, ECVDI (Assoc)
Ghent University

Prof. Gunther van Loon graduated from Ghent University, Belgium, in 1992 and has worked at 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”. He is author or co-author of 187 A1 publications and 24 book chapters, and gave 230 presentations at international congresses. In 2004 he became ECEIM Diplomate and in 2011 Associate Member of ECVDI. In 2015 he received the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) award for ‘Clinical Research’ (Liverpool, UK) and in addition the prestigious Merial Applied Equine Research Award for outstanding research regarding ‘Advances in Equine Cardiology’, awarded by the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) (Guadalajara, Mexico). Gunther van Loon is head of the department of Large Animal Internal Medicine at Ghent University and the Equine Cardioteam Ghent. He is Past-President of the Belgian Equine Practitioners Society (BEPS). His major interests are in the field of Equine Internal Medicine, especially cardiology (arrhythmias, electrophysiology, cardiac pacing, 3D electro-anatomical.


Celia M. Marr


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


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.

JoAnn Slack


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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