Dr Virginia Reef
Dr. Virginia Reef, a 1979 graduate of The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, completed a rotating internship in large animal medicine and surgery, and a residency in large animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Reef subsequently became the Director of the Large Animal Cardiology and Ultrasound Service. Shortly thereafter she was instrumental in establishing the Section of Sports Medicine and Imaging at New Bolton Center and was the Chief of that Section for over 20 years. Dr. Reef has worked on the faculty at Penn for the past 30 years, advancing through the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor. She has trained the majority of academics focusing on equine cardiology and ultrasonography in the United States, as well as many individuals in private practice and overseas. She was granted a prestigious endowed chair at Penn and currently serves as the Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine. She is one of the charter diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a large animal associate member of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. She is an honorary diplomate of the ACVIM College of Cardiology (2019). In addition to numerous original publications, she is the author and editor of a standard textbook on equine diagnostic imaging, “Equine Diagnostic Ultrasound” and was the chair of the ACVIM/ECEIM Consensus statement “Recommendations for Management of Equine Athletes with Cardiovascular Abnormalities”. Dr. Reef received the 2013 ACVIM Robert W. Kirk award, the 2015 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) distinguished educator award (Academic division), a doctor “honaris causa” from Ghent University in 2016 and the AAEP Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art lecturer in 2018.