Equine Cardiology Case Days

Lüsche,Germany, September 29 to October 1, 2017


in cooperation with Tierklinik Lüsche


Equine Cardiology Days accredited by the Akademie für tierärztliche Fortbildung (Academy for Continuous Veterinary Education, Germany) September 29 with 7 hours, September 30 with 7 hours, October 1 with 6 hours.

Aim of the course is that the participants at the end will be comfortable to: 1) determine which horses are most likely real (future) patients and which ones do not need further work up per se based on the clinical exam; 2) diagnose the cause of a murmur and define the status of compensation / decompensation by performing ultrasound; 3) differentiate physiological arrhythmias from pathological ones after the clinical exam and ECG identifying to select the patients that are at risk or need anti-arrhythmic therapy. We encourage you to bring along your own equipment! We can take up to 24 participants only.



Friday, September 29, Tierklinik Lüsche, Lüsche: 10:00 to 18:45 lectures and practical work with Mary Durando, Gunther van Loon and Inge Wijnberg

  • Clinical exam including arrhythmia on auscultation and laboratory
  • Murmurs: where do they come from and how to make your differential diagnosis?
  • Ultrasound: the basics and getting decent 2D and M-mode images.
  • Practical sessions: participants rotate to the different instructors; the horse remains with the instructor; 70 min / station):
    1) Clinical exam and auscultation;
    2) Ultrasound: Getting good images;
    3) Ultrasound: Getting good images
  • 18:45 End

Saturday, September 30, Tierklinik Lüsche, Lüsche: 9:00 to 18:00 lectures and practical work with Mary Durando, Gunther van Loon and Inge Wijnberg

  • ECG recording technique (rest, exercise, holter)
  • ECG interpretation of common arrhythmias
  • Ultrasound and valvular disease
  • Practical sessions (75 min / station): Participants will be divided into three groups examining horses.
    1) ECG recording at rest and exercise;
    2) Imaging left and right chest in 2D;
    3) M mode and Doppler ultrasound to distinguish causes of murmurs and make a prognosis.
  • Barbecue

Sunday, October 1, Tierklinik Lüsche, Lüsche: 8:30 to 17:00 lectures and practical work with Mary Durando, Gunther van Loon and Inge Wijnberg

  • Sudden death
  • Treatment of supraventricular arrhythmias
  • Treatment of ventricular arrhythmias
  • Ultrasound: most important measurements to make and interpretation
  • Round table discussions (60 min each):
    1) ECG interpretations;
    2) Important ultrasound measurements;
    3) Case discussions (Coffee breaks of 15 min each at 14:00 and 15:15).


Mary Durando
received her DVM degree from the University of Georgia before completing a residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of Florida. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal) in 1996 and completed doctoral work in Physiology at the Medical University of South Carolina with research on endotoxemia and endotoxin tolerance. After this, she completed two years in a cardiology/ultrasound training program in the Sports Medicine section at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center before taking a position as a Lecturer in Equine Medicine at the University of California, Davis for 3 years. Mary returned to New Bolton Center to work in their treadmill facility for 3 years, before working as an associate clinical professor in Large Animal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Currently, she is a part owner of Equine Sports Medicine Consultants, an ambulatory consulting practice focusing on sports medicine and imaging, cardiology and internal medicine.

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”. In 2004 he became Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and in 2011 Associate Member 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, biomarkers), and thoracic and abdominal ultrasound.

Inge Wijnberg
graduated from the Veterinary faculty of Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1990. During her study she received a doctorate certificate for the study period in the USA on radiology, anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in 1988. Since 2000 she is registered as Specialist KnMvD Equine Internal Medicine. She became Assistant Professor Equine Internal Medicine at the University, Dept. of Equine Sciences, Utrecht University, in 2002 and since 2004 she is a diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine. Her areas of expertise are cardiology, neuromuscular disorders/clinical neurophysiology and neonatal intensive care.

What you need to know...


In Bremen

for those arriving by plane or train on September 28 or very early on September 29 (we leave from the hotel Holiday Inn Express Bremen Airport to the clinic at 8:45 hours)

Holiday Inn Express Bremen Airport
Hanna-Kunath-Straße 5, 28199 Bremen
Phone: +49 (0) 421-322852002; reservation@express-bremen-airport.de

Other in Bremen: www.bremen.de

Near the clinic in Lüsche

Park Hotel Cloppenburg
Burgstraße 8, 49661 Cloppenburg
Phone: +49 (0) 4471-6614; Fax: -6617;
info@parkhotel-cloppenburg.de; www.parkhotel-cloppenburg.de

Bahnhofstraße 30, 49661 Cloppenburg
Phone: +49 (0) 4471-7020–70; Fax: –77;
info@muensterlaenderhof.info; http://www.muensterlaenderhof.de/

Date & Location

September 29 to October 1, 2017

Tierklinik Lüsche, Essener Str. 39 a,
49456 Lüsche, Germany
Phone +49 (0) 5438-95850; Ute Pansegrau
upansegrau@tierklinik-luesche.de; www.tierklinik-luesche.de

Further information

Arbeitsgruppe Pferd – Task Force Horse
Arno Lindner
Heinrich-Röttgen-Str. 20, 52428 Jülich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2461 340-430; Fax: -484;
contact@agpferd.de; www.agpferd.com

  • Nearest airports: Bremen (BRE); Hamburg (HAM); Hannover (HAJ)
  • On Bremen: www.bremen.de
  • Bio of speakers in agpferd.com
  • More equine professionals education: Please check under events in www.agpferd.com


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