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Equine Cardiology

New Bolton Center, cardiologyNew Bolton Center's Large Animal Cardiology Service, part of the Section of Sports Medicine and Imaging, is staffed by some of the leaders in the field of equine/large animal cardiology.

Although the occurrence of heart attacks and heart failure is rare in horses, there are certain anomalies and diseases of the heart that are seen in horses, including heart murmurs, congenital heart defects, atrial fibrillation, degenerative valvular deformities, myocardial and vascular disease.

New Bolton Center's board-certified specialists are members of a multidisciplinary group consisting of board certified internists, surgeons and sports medicine and rehabilitation specialists. 
 

New Bolton Center's Cardiology Service offers world-class clinicians and state-of-the-art equipment,  including:

    • Echocardiography
    • Electrocardiography
    • Stress echocardiography
    • Radiotelemetry
    • Electrocardiography
    • Holter monitoring
    • Phonocardiography
    • Cardiac troponin I analyzer
    • Intracardiac pressure monitoring
    • Radiography
    • Biphasic electrical defibrillator

 

Outstanding faculty and staff specializing in cardiac evaluation, diagnosis, and therapy are responsible for performing the assessment and managing the treatment of the large animal cardiac patient.

Clinical Faculty & Staff

 Virginia Reef, Penn Vet, cardiology Virginia Reef, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, DACVSMR, Associate Member ECVDI
  • Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine
  • Director of Large Animal Cardiology and Diagnostic Ultrasonography
  • Chief, Section of Sports Medicine and Imaging
610-925-6190
vreef@vet.upenn.edu
Dr. Joanne Slack, Sports Medicine, NBC JoAnn Slack, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM
  • Associate Professor of Ultrasonography & Cardiology
610-925-6190
slackj@vet.upenn.edu
Gretchen Verheggen, DVM, New Bolton Center
 Gretchen Verheggen, DVM
  • Resident Fellow, Large Amimal Cardiology & Ultrasonography
610-925-6190
gev@vet.upenn.edu
 
Gloria Ballinger, LVT, Sports Medicine, New Bolton CenterGloria Ballinger, LVT
  • Sports Medicine & Imaging Technician
 610-925-6359
sportmed@vet.upenn.edu

A complete cardiac evaluation can be performed on all large animal patients along with state-of-the-art treatments as indicated.

To Make an Appointment

For all routine appointments call 610-925-6359. Appointments may be made by the owner, trainer or referring veterinarian.

If you are experiencing an emergency, call 610-444-5800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.