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

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Online Equine Lecture

Online Recorded Equine Lecture

Course Length: Two hours

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  • Equine cardiology
About this course

These lectures are designed for horse owners, riders and anyone with a passion for horses.

Now available as a recorded lecture. 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.

Lectures in this series available to book as recordings:

Breeding horses - from conception to weaning
Through the keyhole - minimally invasive surgery
This horse isn’t right - neurological disorders in horses
Equine sports medicine and rehabilitation 
Don’t be left out in the cold - winter health care


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