Veterinary AFAST
Nov 15 all day

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**Please Note:  Due to travel restrictions, the Lecture portion will be held virtually on the evenings of November 10 & 11.

Point of Care Ultrasound for Every Day Use! 

This course combines didactic and hands on training. Didactic sessions will include the evolution, indications,
tips and tricks of how to perform, and case based applications of emergency point of care ultrasound used in
small animals including.  This includes AFAST (abdominal fluid), TFAST (pericardial effusion, pleural effusion, pneumothorax), VetBlue (B lines and other peripheral lung pathology), and estimation of volume status (subjective cardiac contractility and caudal vena cava assessment) during resuscitation: all scans any general practitioner can perform!  Hands on training using live animals, cadavers and phantom models will be used to teach normal landmarks and findings,pathology and ultrasound guided centesis/catheter placement tequniques.

Highlights of learning objectives for this course include:

  • Prinicples of interpretation
  • AFAST: Evolution and pitfalls
  • Gall bladder halo and volume estimation
  • Hands-on AFAST technique normal anatomy
  • CVC index, ultrasound guided phantom IV
  • TFAST/Vet BLUE: Evolution, technique and pitfalls: pleural disease and lung ultrasound
  • TFAST/VetBlue interactive cases: lung and pleural space pathology
  • TFAST interactive cases: pericardial and basic cardiac assessment
  • Hands-on pathology for pleuralspace and BLines
    -Not the complete lesson plan-
Beginners Guide to Ultrasound
Dec 6 all day

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  • 1-Day ultrasound workshop and wet lab designed to introduce ultrasound theory and practical use in clinical applications
  • Limited class size for low student:teacher ratio.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • OAVT approved

DVM's and RVT's will find this 1-day workshop helpful in understanding the basics of scanning, and using ultrasound in a clinical setting.

Ultrasound is becoming a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. Learning to properly use an ultrasound machine is very important in order to maximize the usage of this tool in practice. This 1-day lecture and wet lab will teach basic ultrasound physics, the components of an ultrasound machine, artifacts, how to properly prepare a dog or cat, and how to scan all the organs within the abdomen. This course is intended for DVM's, RVT's, and any other healthcare professional that are new to ultrasound and diagnostic imaging. Previous scanning experience is not necessary, however, general knowledge of small abdominal anatomy and clinical pathologies is helpful.

When the ultrasound beam interacts with tissue it can react in a variety of ways. These interactions can also cause artifacts. These artifacts can either be beneficial or detrimental to the image. Recognizing and appreciating these interactions will be discussed in the lecture as well as learning how to recognize artifacts.

All ultrasound machines possess the same knobology and it is important to learn these in order to optimize the quality of your image. It is also important to learn the terminology used in ultrasound.

You will learn how to scan all organs within the abdomen will be discussed and normal vs abnormal findings will be shown with clinical studies. Some abdominal appearances are characteristic of certain diseases and these also will be observed and discussed.

Case studies will be presented of common ultrasound findings that may be seen in the small animal veterinary practice. There will also be some less common, but extremely interesting, cases presented that show abdominal organ changes ultrasonographically.

After the lecture we will take a short break and then proceed to the wet lab. Dogs and cats will be sedated and full abdominal scans will be performed by all participants.

Scanning notes will be provided