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Swiss Equine Cardiology Consulting

Swiss Equine Cardiology Consulting

Providing detailed analysis and rapid feedback, our Large Animal Cardiology Consultancy service allows veterinarians’ worldwide access to experts in the field of large animal cardiology.

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Do you find it time consuming and tricky to analyse and interpret ECGs? Would you like a second opinion? Do you have a case that cannot be transported to an equine hospital but needs a cardiology consult?

The Large Animal Cardiology Consulting service provided by Professor Katharyn Mitchell, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM and Professor Colin Schwarzwald, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ECEIM, of the Equine Department, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich aims to provide in-depth, state of the art analysis of both resting and exercising ECGs, interpretation of echocardiograms and laboratory data in cases of heart disease in horses or other large animal species.

Do you have a difficult equine cardiology case and you would like additional information and advice? Or would you like a detailed analysis of your recorded ECGs (resting and exercising) within a short time frame? Do not hesitate to contact us!

We are happy to look at and interpret any uploaded echocardiography images, videos, ECG recordings or laboratory reports.

Depending on the extent of your request, you can expect a response within 1-3 working days. The turnaround time for comprehensive analyses of long-term ECG recordings and exercising ECGs averages 3-5 working days (depending on length and quality of the recording).

All you need to do is fill in our contact form, providing details (e.g. patient details, medical history, physical exam findings, treatment information) about the case and upload any relevant information (ECG files, echo loops, images etc) using the upload link.

We can loan a Televet® ECG recording system so exercising or overnight ECG recordings can be performed in the field.

In selected cases, we are also available for field consults (echocardiography, exercising electrocardiography) for horses that are located in Switzerland but unable to travel the university animal hospital Zurich for examination.

About us

Professor Colin Schwarzwald has been working in the field of Equine Internal Medicine and Large Animal Cardiology for over 20 years. He is particularly interested in large animal and comparative cardiology, with emphasis on echocardiography, electrocardiography, cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular pharmacology, and cardiac biomarkers. He has published a large number of clinically useful research articles and book chapters in this field. Prof Schwarzwald is a recognized expert in the field and has a wealth of knowledge and experience with the diagnosis and management of cardiac disease in horses and other large animal species.

Ass Prof Katharyn Mitchell has been working in Large Animal Internal Medicine with a focus on cardiology for many years, while she was completing her PhD program on equine arrhythmias. Dr Mitchell has integrated a new method of analysis for ECGs, which includes analysis of both timing and morphology of abnormal complexes. The method can provide a detailed interpretation of any ECG abnormalities, particularly the frequency and timing of abnormal beats. Dr Mitchell’s current affiliation is the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Place an order

Would you like to use our consulting service? Just fill out our contact form.

File upload

Because ECG files, echo images and video loops are typically large files, they can be uploaded to our central uploading portal.

Short ECG recordings can be obtained using conventional paper-based ECG equipment, the AliveCor® device, or other digital ECG recording devices. Files of scanned paper-based ECGs or ECGs exported from digital devices can be uploaded in .jpg, .tiff or .pdf format.

ECGs for comprehensive analyses should preferably be recorded using the Televet® system. They can be uploaded as Televet® files (either .DAT or .ecg files) or as raw ECG files (ASCII .csv files). Files in .ecg format are preferred.

ECGs recorded with the Sentinel Lifecard CF device can also be analysed. Echo cine loops should be in DICOM, AVI or MP4 format, echo images can be in DICOM, JPEG or TIFF format.

Other file formats might be accepted and analysed. Please contact us before you send files in other formats.

Short ECG recordings can be obtained using conventional paper-based ECG equipment, the AliveCor® device, or other digital ECG recording devices. Files of scanned paper-based ECGs or ECGs exported from digital devices can be uploaded in .jpg, .tiff or .pdf format.

ECGs for comprehensive analyses should preferably be recorded using the Televet® system. They can be uploaded as Televet® files (either .DAT or .ecg files) or as raw ECG files (ASCII .csv files). Files in .ecg format are preferred.

ECGs recorded with the Sentinel Lifecard CF device can also be analysed. Echo cine loops should be in DICOM, AVI or MP4 format, echo images can be in DICOM, JPEG or TIFF format.

Other file formats might be accepted and analysed. Please contact us before you send files in other formats.

To ensure proper file identification and case assignment, please ensure that the file names include a unique identifier (e.g. your case ID, owners’s name, horse’s name).

If files of different examinations / days are included, please make sure that we will be able to identify the files of the respective exam (e.g. include date in file name).

* Please note: You can also merge all relevant files into a ZIP-folder prior to uploading and simply name this folder accordingly.

  • Simply drag and drop the files (or .zip folders) you would like to upload into the upload area indicated by the dotted frame.
  • Alternatively, click on “Dateien auswählen oder Datei zum Hochladen hereinziehen» and then select the files (or .zip folders) in the pop-up window and confirm by pressing “Open”.
  • If necessary repeat the process until all files are listed
  • Wait until the upload procedure is completed.
  • The uploaded files will be listed together with the message “Hochgeladene Dateien”, indicating that upload process was successful.

Emergencies

For horses with cardiac emergencies or for an appointment at the Equine Hospital, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, please do not use this web form but call +41 44 635 81 11 (emergencies can be referred 24 hours a day, for scheduling of regular appointments please call Monday – Friday between 9:00 and 17:00).

Small Animal Cardiology

This service is providing information for large animal cardiology cases. For information on small animal cardiology (cats, dogs and pocket pets) please contact the Small Animal Cardiology Service at the Small Animal Hospital, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, on +41 44 635 81 12.

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