Equine lecture series 2021: The heart of the matter – equine cardiology

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Course Length: Two hours

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Key Areas
  • Equine cardiology
About this course

In 2021 all lectures will be delivered as pre-recorded webinars. Please note bookings are only via the website.

Cardiac abnormalities (particularly rhythm disturbances and heart murmurs) are often identified on auscultation during routine examination. In many cases these abnormalities have no clinical significance, but in some cases, they may be a cause of poor performance or even worse, pose a risk to the rider. Cardiac abnormalities should therefore be fully investigated. The most common cardiac abnormalities of clinical significance diagnosed in horses are valvular insufficiencies and atrial fibrillation. Diagnostic tests include auscultation, an electrocardiogram (ECG), and cardiac ultrasound. Mike Hewetson, Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine at RVC Equine, will take you on a whirlwind tour through cardiac disease in the horse with the aim of giving you a better understanding of what happens when you vet identifies a problem with your horse’s heart.

This lecture is now available to purchase and view at any time.

The other lectures in this series will be recorded on the dates below:

Through the keyhole - minimally invasive surgery Wednesday 2nd June
This horse isn’t right - neurological disorders in horses Wednesday 4th August 
Equine sports medicine and rehabilitation Wednesday 6th October
Don’t be left out in the cold - winter health care  Wednesday 1st December

Other lectures in this series that have been recorded and are now available to purchase and view at any time:

Breeding horses- from conception to weaning 

£10 per webinar or buy six, get two free. Offer ends 2nd February.


Mike Hewetson, BSc BVSc CertEM DipECEIM MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine (Clinical Educator Track)
The Royal Veterinary College