Introduction to Small Animal Ultrasound
This course is designed for those veterinary surgeons with limited experience of diagnostic ultrasound. By the end of the course you should be able to achieve a medium level of proficiency in the practical scanning of the normal abdominal organs and of the heart.
Some common pathological conditions affecting the small animal abdomen and heart will be considered. Advice will be given on how to choose an ultrasound machine for your practice.
- Physics of ultrasound
- Machine set up
- Ultrasonography of the liver and spleen
- Ultrasonography of the gastrointestinal tract and reproductive tract
- Ultrasonography of the urinary tract
- The standard echocardiographic views
- The useful ultrasonographic measurements needed to make a diagnosis
Comprehensive course notes, refreshments and lunch on both days.
Payment Terms & Conditions
- Payment for the course can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
- Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
- Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/
- Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
- Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
- Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to confirm your booking.
Introduction to Small Animal Ultrasound
10 Mar 2021
09:30 Course starts
17:00 Course finishes
09:00 Course starts
16:30 Course finishes
Frequently Asked Questions
How are dogs sourced for ultrasound courses?
We have striven to make it as attractive as possible for people to bring dogs for scanning by offering a very generous £100 per dog ‘cashback’. This money is given as a bank transfer not as a discount to your practice off the course, or in vouchers (unless requested).
We have approached practices local to our venues and have mail dropped local residential areas seeking pets belonging to the general public and many of our staff allow their dogs to be scanned multiple times a week and month.
Ideally, we would like delegates to bring dogs with them – you are welcome to bring a friend or colleague’s dog so not owning one does not preclude earning the £100. We are happy to look after these dogs for you during the lectured component of the course and all of our venues are dog-friendly when overnight accommodation is required.
Some of the dogs (including our own staff dogs) are used very frequently due to our issues with supply. Some dogs just have an off day for no obvious reason. It benefits us hugely if these dogs have a positive experience during these courses so would politely remind all delegates that they deserve kind and patient handling at all times.
Will the dogs be sedated?
These dogs are not being scanned for any diagnostic purpose and consequently, it would be unethical to sedate them.
Will the dogs have any abnormalities?
We are only able to provide dogs that are ‘normal’ for scanning courses since the scanning does not take place in a veterinary clinic with appropriate facilities. We believe that being able to accurately identify normal ultrasonographic appearance is the most important part of learning how to scan dogs with abnormalities.
Are the dogs clipped?
We are very grateful to the owners of dogs who allow their dogs to be used. They are made aware of the benefit of clipping these dogs for scanning, but we cannot clip them without permission and sometimes have to choose between not accepting a dog for scanning where permission to clip has been denied and not having enough dogs for the scanning session. Many of the dogs who are return visitors have clipping declined on subsequent visits due to clipper rash after a previous visit. We find using plentiful amounts of water enabling the ultrasound gel to soak in by applying in advance allows non-clipped dogs to be used.
Are cats used for any of the ultrasound courses?
We consider it inappropriate to provide cats for ultrasound scanning due to the stress of transportation and restraint without sedation. We will not be providing live cats for any of our scanning courses/modules.