Ultrasound Bootcamp Part 1:

Introduction to Companion Animal Ultrasound

Course Duration: 3 Days
User Skill Level: Beginner /Intermediate*
Time: 8:30 am to 5 pm (Friday)
9 am to 4: pm (Sat. & Sun.)
Location: miEducation Training and Resource Centre, Guelph  ON

Upcoming Dates:
April 19 – 21, 2024
June 7 – 9, 2024
September 13 – 15, 2024
November 8 – 10, 2024



*There is no pre-requisite for Bootcamp Part 1.  See below for details.

Note: We strongly recommend a minimum of 8 – 12 weeks between attending Part 1 and Part 2 of Ultrasound Bootcamp.  

About this three-day course:

Are you interested in learning how to perform a full abdominal ultrasound, including the liver, spleen, urogenital system, gastrointestinal tract, adrenal glands, and lymph nodes? Ultrasound Bootcamp Part 1 can help you achieve that and more!

The Bootcamp includes training on the guiding principles and techniques for ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration and biopsies. You will have the opportunity to practice these techniques in the lab using a phantom.

The objectives of the course are to provide participants with a foundation in how to perform a complete ultrasound examination and how to appropriately document the study for submission to a radiologist. Additionally, participants will understand the indications and limitations of abdominal ultrasonography and be able to perform ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration and biopsies.

Our Bootcamps are fast-paced, hands-on, and extremely effective. The program is divided into Bootcamp Part 1 (intro) and Bootcamp Part 2 (advanced). We cater to all skill levels and provide a combination of didactic and hands-on wet labs, so you can enhance the skills you already have, or learn something entirely new for your practice.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to advance your skills and improve patient care. Contact us to learn more about our Bootcamp program and how it can benefit you!

Who should attend this course?

Animal health care clinicians and technicians wishing to begin or further their journey into general abdominal imaging in cats and dogs.  No past experience or courses are required prior to enrolling in Ultrasound Bootcamp Part 1, however, a strong understanding of abdominal anatomy is highly recommended.  

Meet your instructors:

Dr. Stephanie Nykamp (DVM, Dip ACVR) is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph and has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists since 2003, following completion of a residency at Cornell University. While on faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College she was involved in training and mentoring DVM students and numerous diagnostic imaging residents as well as residents on other specialties.  Dr. Nykamp is currently a teleradiology consultant. 

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.