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Cardiology service

Cardiac abnormalities can be the most challenging clinical findings to fully characterize and can play an important role in limiting equine performance, particularly in high-level equine athletes. Our Cardiology Service is staffed by leaders in their field with advanced training in equine cardiology and interpretive expertise. We utilize the latest in ultrasound technology to diagnose and treat all equine athletes. We welcome referrals for investigations of poor performance, murmurs and arrhythmias (rhythm changes) discovered at pre-purchase examinations, routine health checks or during an illness.

  • Echocardiography (Ultrasound)
  • Electrocardiography (EKG)
  • Continuous 24-hour electrocardiography (Holter monitoring)
  • Cardiac troponin I analysis
  • High-speed treadmill testing
  • Cardiac stress testing

We follow a multi-disciplinary approach that enables our Cardiology Service to work in collaboration with board-certified clinicians within Sports Medicine, Internal Medicine, Imaging and Surgery, resulting in the most comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of your horse.

Our Team

  • Dr. Kate Chope

    Kate Chope


Dr. Kate Chope

Kate Chope


Dr. Kate Chope is a lifelong horse owner and competitor, having successfully shown through Grand Prix in show jumping. She is also one of the few academically trained veterinary ultrasonographers specializing exclusively in equine ultrasound. Dr. Chope became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and brings strong expertise in clinical ultrasound in her work as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Before joining the faculty at Tufts, Dr. Chope earned her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also undertook a fellowship in equine cardiology and served as an academic lecturer. She has lectured and taught wet labs on equine ultrasound extensively at national and international conferences and has contributed to several clinical articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals.

Ultrasound Service
  • Phone

  • Emergencies (24/7)

  • Business Hours

    Monday - Friday, 8AM to 6PM

  • Address

    Tufts Equine Center
    at the Hospital for Large Animals
    Cummings Veterinary Medical Center
    53 Willard St.
    N. Grafton,  MA  01536

  • Pharmacy

    We have an on-site pharmacy including two registered pharmacists who consult on cases to ensure the best treatment, advise on drug interactions and new therapies.

  • Fax



Tufts Equine Center

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  • New England's largest team of board-certified specialists
  • Specialized medical, diagnostic and surgical care
  • Depth of experience and expertise: the right answer at the right time