Cardiovascular medicine is the study of diseases and disorders pertaining to the heart and vessels. The horse’s heart is a tremendous organ capable of beating up to 250 beats per minute and pumping 250 litres of blood per minute during high intensity exercise. Understanding diseases and disorders affecting the heart is not only essential for our equine athletes but also for our neonatal to senior horses who may suffer from congenital to aging changes in their hearts and circulation respectively. As well there are secondary effects of diseases affecting the body that also compromise the heart making it imperative we understand the underlying pathophysiology.

Our researchers have led the way in cardiovascular research from atrial fibrillation research as it pertains to Standardbred racehorses, investigation of serologic parameters of cardiac disease and assessment at blood flow in the pulmonary artery as it relates to exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). 

Arroyo, LuisOntario Veterinary College, University of Guelph – Clinical Studies
Physick Sheard, PeterOntario Veterinary College, University of Guelph – Population Medicine
Adler, AndyCarleton University, Systems and Computer Engineering
Pearson, WendyOntario Agricultural College, University of Guelph-Animal Biosciences

Areas of Equine Research

Ontario’s equine researchers investigate a wide range of issues involving horses and the horse industry. Click on a link below to see who’s working in that area.


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