Intro to VPOCUS

Course Duration: 1 day
User Skill Level: Beginner/Novice
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Location: miEducation Training and Resource Centre, Guelph ON

Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 22, 2024
December 8, 2024


*Enhance your learning experience with us!  Sign-up for a Beginner’s Guide to Ultrasound or a Scan Day on the same weekend!

About this one-day lecture and lab workshop:

Join us for a FAST-paced one-day workshop and master the basics of performing fast scans of the thorax and abdomen. In just five quick assessments, learn how to evaluate abnormal fluid and air and guide effective treatment. Perfect for the trauma patient or the medically unwell, our ultrasound-guided Fast scans can be easily incorporated into a routine physical exam. With little preparation needed and flexible patient positioning, these scans are an efficient and effective assessment tool that you can master with no prior ultrasound experience. Don't miss this opportunity to take your medical skills to the next level.

Who should attend?

Clinicians and general veterinary practitioners who are novice or beginning to use ultrasound as a routine assessment tool in their day-day practice.

Note: this workshop is NOT a pre-requisite for POCUS with Dr. Boysen and Dr. Chalhoub.

Meet your instructor:

Carolyn Bennett graduated from the 2-year Veterinary Technician program at Centralia College in 1982.  After graduating, she worked at various veterinary hospitals in Ontario. In 2002 she began working in the Diagnostic Imaging department at the Ontario Veterinary College. In her role as a DI technician, she performed small animal ultrasound, small and large animal radiographs as well as small and large animal CT. She perfected her ultrasound skills with the guidance of board-certified radiologists. She took numerous courses to perfect her imaging skills including travelling to Milwaukee to become proficient at CT. Carolyn became the lead hand of the DI department, assuming other administrative and supervisory roles while continuing in her technician duties.

During her time at OVC she did some part-time weekend work going into clinics to teach ultrasound and hands-free radiology. She has lectured at the OAVT conference and McMaster University.

For the past 12 years she has worked for MiEducation. Originally the work was as an ultrasound instructor at bootcamps. After leaving OVC in 2021, she became more involved with MiEducation and now travels across Canada teaching ultrasound, created the Beginners Guide to Ultrasound lecture which is now part of the MiEducation curriculum, assists with FAST and hands-free radiology as well as being the Education Coordinator for MiEducation.  

In her spare time Carolyn enjoys tennis, golf, and gardening. She is an avid birder and is actively involved with bird conservation groups. Her happy place is in a forest with a pair of binoculars in hand.