Equine Echocardiography Days

Lüsche, Germany, April 28 to 30, 2023

in cooperation with Tierklinik Lüsche

Dominique DeClercq, Mary Durando and Lesley Young will teach echocardiography of horses. Many opportunities are given to improve the own skills while working under the guidance of the experts! We encourage you to bring along your own equipment! 18 participants only.

The Academy for Continuous Veterinary Education (Akademie für Tierärztliche Fortbildung, ATF) credits this course with 20 hours.


Friday, April 28, Gasthof Ewers; Lectures and wet labs; with 2 x 30 minutes coffee break + 1 x 60 minutes lunch

  • 10:00 – Begin
  • 10:05 – Standardized 2-D and M mode imaging and measurement. Why bother? Lesley Young
  • 11:00 – Coffee break
  • 11:30 – How we do 2-D and M mode imaging and measurement. Mary Durando
  • 12:30 – How we use Doppler? All instructors
  • 13:30 – Lunch
  • 14:30 – Participants will rotate between instructors and work on horses for 60 minutes each (stations: 1) 2D an M-Mode from right parasternal; 2) 2D, M-Mode and Doppler from left parasternal; 3) Doppler from right parasternal).
  • 19:00 – End and Barbecue

Saturday, April 29, Tierklinik Lüsche: Lectures and wet labs; with 2 x 30 minutes coffee break + 1 x 60 minutes lunch

  • 9:00 – Discussion on findings and challenges encountered on day 1
  • 10:00 – Advanced echocardiographic imaging. Dominique DeClercq
  • 11:00 – Coffee break
  • 11:30 – Case presentations by participants (need to be submitted 4 weeks in advance including complete anamnesis, images, findings and suggested / implemented therapy)
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Participants will work on horses with the assistance of the instructors in 3 stations for 60 minutes each
  • 18:00 – End

Sunday, April 30, Tierklinik Lüsche; Lectures and wet labs; with 1 x 30 minutes coffee break + 1 x 60 minutes lunch

  • 8:30 – Discussion on challenges encountered on day 2 and case presentations
  • 10:00 – Coffee break
  • 10:30 – Wet labs: The participants make the diagnosis (3 stations, each with a horse with echocardiographic findings to be diagnosed by each group = teamwork = 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!!!!)
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Discussion of findings, diagnosis and treatments of cases presented
  • 16:30 – End

Dates & Locations

April 28

Gasthof Evers: Dorfstraße 9, 49456 Lüsche, Germany
Phone +49 (0) 54 38 / 6 30; https://www.gasthof-evers.de

April 29 and 30

Tierklinik Lüsche: Essener Str. 39 a, 49456 Lüsche, Germany

Phone +49 (0) 5438-95850; www.tierklinik-luesche.de


In Bremen

for those arriving by plane or train on April 27 or very early on April 28 (we leave from the hotel 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


Others in Bremen: www.bremen.de

Near the clinic in Lüsche

Park Hotel Cloppenburg (instructors are accommodated here; a room contingent is reserved for participants until March 15 under the code “equine course”)

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/

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 agpferd.com

Course price is reduced by 5% for FFP members and two or more persons from the same practice / clinic. Early registration date is 15.03.2022 !!

* Includes coffee breaks, lunches and beverages
** Includes food and beverages

You will receive a confirmation of your registration within 24 hours, otherwise please send an email to arnolindner(at)t-online.de to be attended properly.

Dominique De Clercq

after graduating in 1999, she worked at the clinic of Ghent University (Department Large animal Internal Medicine – Belgium). In 2008, she defended her PhD in equine cardiology and in 2012 she passed the ECEIM exam with success and became an EBVS-specialist in Equine Internal Medicine (Dip. ECEIM). Subsequently, she was the head of the clinic at the department of Internal Medicine at Ghent University. Since the end of 2019, she works as an ambulatory consultant – Equine internist specialist – in Europe and she works on regular basis in private specialized Equine clinics in Belgium and Germany. Her ambulatory consulting practice is focusing on cardiology, sports medicine, and all topics of internal medicine.

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.

Lesley Young

graduated from the university of Liverpool in 1987. After a short spell at Glasgow, she attained her RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anesthesia in 1990 and worked as a lecturer in anesthesia at Liverpool vet school until 1991 whereupon she moved north to gain a PhD in the effects of general anesthesia on the equine heart. Her interest in equine cardiovascular physiology then shifted slightly to the clinical cardiology of athletic horses and she ran a referral cardiology and sports medicine service at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, making significant contributions to applied clinical research in both equine cardiovascular function under general anesthesia and sports horse cardiology during that period. She obtained her RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 2000, was awarded a European Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine in 2005 and RCVS recognized specialist status in Veterinary Cardiology in 2006. Since December 2005, she has provided an ambulatory equine cardiology referral service to general practitioners throughout the UK and Europe. She was awarded an honorary chair for her work in equine cardiology by the University of Edinburgh in 2016 and honorary membership of BEVA in 2022.