Small Animal Ultrasound

Modular programme leading to a GPCert and optional PgC

Overview

Technological developments in recent years have led to rapid advances in veterinary ultrasonography. Meanwhile, the importance of echography and echocardiography examinations have also grown in veterinary medicine. These techniques enable the accurate diagnosis required to support a successful surgical or therapeutic intervention. The Small Animal Ultrasound program is comprised of 14 modules, focusing on thoracic and abdominal ultrasound examinations and echocardiography. The number of participants is strictly limited to ensure that each delegate has sufficient opportunity to discuss content with the lecturer and to practice using the equipment during the practical sessions.

Description

The modules will assist delegates to recognise when to use ultrasound, particularly its abdominal and cardiac varients.  The delegates will understand the limitation of the technique and diagnostic potential for each organ and be able to integrate ultrasound findings with the overall clinical picture for each patient in order to make therapeutic decisions.

Summary

This practical programme will bring together abdominal ultrasonography and echocardiography in a series of interactive modules.  Additionally Improve International's online learning management system, Moodle will provide access to course notes, discussion forums and other study resources.

A dedicated Programme Tutor will support every individual during their GPCert programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey.

Delegates wishing to complete the Postgraduate Certificate examination will be required to attend all of the taught modules (including the practical sessions). These modules can be completed in one year or delegates can extend the programme over two or three years. Modules can be attended in any order, to suit individual preferences, subject to availability. 

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Abdominal Ultrasound Level 1 Part 1

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Know the basics of abdominal ultrasound from the physical through to the main artifacts

Implement a B mode abdominal ultrasound configuration program

Execute the basic movements of displacement, rotation and sweeping with the micro-convex probe

Be capable of locating and exploring the canine abdominal organs

When

Where

Speaker

27 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) Greve Luís Mesquita

Abdominal Ultrasound Level I Part II

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Translate a 2D ultrasound view into a 3D abdominal location

Understand the principal problems which can arise during examination and know how to resolve them using appropriate movements

Understand the reproductive patterns which are diagnosable echographically as well as pregnancy diagnosis and follow-up

Integrate basic echographic patterns with the patient’s clinical signs

When

Where

Speaker

28 Oct 2020 (9:00-16:30) Greve Luís Mesquita

Abdominal Ultrasound Level II Part I

Module Information

Recognise the complex patterns of the abdominal organs and integrate them with differential diagnoses

Be aware of the most frequent errors in the algorithms for inflammation vs neoplasia

When

Where

Speaker

24 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Greve TBC
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Abdominal Ultrasound Level II Part II

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Perform ultrasound examination of the pulmonary field and know how to identify A & B lines, pleural effusions and pneumothorax

Know of and perform basic ultrasound protocols using micro convex and linear probes on the eyeball, neck and musculoskeletal system

When

Where

Speaker

25 Nov 2020 (9:00-16:30) * Provisional Date Greve TBC
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Abdominal Ultrasound Level III Part I

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Understand the physical principals of Doppler mode in abdominal ultrasound

Perform optimal adjustment of Doppler mode on the ultrasound system

Apply the semiquantitative indices to the ultrasound protocol

Take velocimetric measurements from the porta hepatis knowing the advantages and disadvantages of the technique

When

Where

Speaker

26 Jan 2021 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Greve TBC
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Abdominal Ultrasound Level III Part II

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Understand the different variants of portosystemic communications and the technique for the intersplenic injection of microbubbles

Perform a search protocol for communications in the canine patient

Be able to obtain adequate samples using echo-guided techniques

When

Where

Speaker

27 Jan 2021 (9:00-16:30) * Provisional Date Greve TBC
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Echocardiography Level I Part I

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Understand the physics of ultrasound involved in the generation of the echocardiographic image

Understand the uses of echocardiographic probes and the techniques for ultrasound use

Be able to perform right and left echardiographic views in the canine patient

When

Where

Speaker

25 Feb 2021 (9:30-17:00) Greve Brigite Pedro

Echocardiography Level I Part II

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Develop a critical view of the image obtained by knowing about possible artifacts and main errors and using them in the assessment

Know the basic echocardiographic measurements and their uses in clinical practice

Integrate the images, measurements and indices obtained from the patient in decision making, prognosis and choice of treatment

When

Where

Speaker

26 Feb 2021 (9:00-16:30) Greve Brigite Pedro

Echocardiography Level II Part 1

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Know the physical fundamentals of Doppler and its applications in echocardiographic exploration

Optimise colour mode Doppler and the traces of continuous and pulses modes in the canine patient

When

Where

Speaker

23 Mar 2021 (9:30-17:00) Greve Chris Linney

Echocardiography Level II Part II

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Be knowledgeable of and be able to perform the echocardiographical protocol for canine dilated cardiomyopathy and filariasis

Understand and perform the echocardiographical protocol for feline cardiomyopathies

Integrate echocardiographical patterns in acquired diseases with the patient’s clinical signs and learn how to write a report

When

Where

Speaker

24 Mar 2021 (9:00-16:30) Greve Chris Linney

Echocardiography Level III Part I

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Know the pressures of each cardiac chamber and be able to perform haemodynamic estimation for each pathology

Identify diagnostic ultrasound patterns of congenital heart diseases

Integrate an echographical diagnosis with therapeutic decisions and a prognosis for each congenital pathology

When

Where

Speaker

29 Apr 2021 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Greve TBC
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Echocardiography III Part II

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Know the Ultrasonographic diagnostic parameters for pulmonary hypertension

Follow and perform ultrasound protocols to rule out congenital heart pathologies

When

Where

Speaker

30 Apr 2021 (9:00-16:31) * Provisional Date Greve TBC
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Echocardiography Level IV Part I

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Understand the advanced methodology for the use of the calculation of gradients in echocardiography

Perform a standard echocardiographic protocol with all views and projections

When

Where

Speaker

24 May 2021 (9:30-17:00) * Provisional Date Greve TBC
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Echocardiography Level IV Part II

Module Information

Key Learning Objectives

Know the parameters for diastolic evaluation in echocardiography

Integrate advanced echocardiographic diagnostic elements with clinical ones and situation of the patient to make correct clinical decisions

When

Where

Speaker

25 May 2021 (9:00-16:30) * Provisional Date Greve TBC
* Provisional Dates may be subject to change

Small Animal Ultrasound Pricing

Booking Options

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Total
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Full Course £8,495.00 £0.00 £8,495.00
Deposit and 12 monthly payments £660.00 £995.00 £8,915.00

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Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £840.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  3. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  4. We will charge VAT by default if you are part of an EU country outside of the UK. However, if you can supply a valid intra-community VAT number the invoice will be exempt from VAT.

Registration Information

  1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
  2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
  3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.
  4. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.
Please note: 
All exam fees with ESVPS are included in the prices above. If you wish to progress to a PgC then the following is applicable.
  • HAU fees:
    • £329.00 for Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging in order to gain university credits and a PgC award.
    • Diagnostic Imaging delegates wishing to gain the PgC would need to also complete the Advanced Practitioner module, delivered by HAU at a cost of £1,250.00.

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Start: 27 Oct 2020
Venue: Greve

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ABOUT IMPROVE

Improve International was established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons from across the UK. We run Continuous Professional Development training for veterinary professionals to help develop the skills and knowledge required in practice. Our programmes utilise a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and, where applicable, hands-on practical sessions. We are an international organisation with offices in the UK and Portugal.

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