Ultrasound Bootcamp Part 2:

Interpretation of Abdominal Ultrasonography in Veterinary Medicine

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

Upcoming Dates: 
May 24 – 26, 2024
June 21 – 23, 2024
October 4-6, 2024
November 22 – 24, 2024




*Previous scanning experience is recommended for this course.  See below for details.

About this three-day course:

Ready to deepen your understanding of how and why a radiologist interprets ultrasound studies?  Learn the ultrasonographic appearances of common diseases of all organ systems.  The emphasis will be on how to differentiate non-specific ultrasonographic findings from those that are more specific for a given disease and determining the next appropriate diagnostic or treatment steps. The objectives of the course are:

  • To understand the ultrasonographic manifestations of disease in the major abdominal systems
  • To improve ultrasound scanning skills through supervised practice
  • Practice abdominal exams and scanning protocols during two days of wet labs with our Teaching Team

Our Bootcamps are fast-paced, hands-on, and extremely effective. Bootcamps are divided into Bootcamp Part 1 (intro) and Bootcamp Part 2 (advanced). By combining didactic and hands-on wet labs, the entire Bootcamp program is designed to cater to all skill levels. You will enhance the skills you already have, or learn something entirely new for your practice!

How should attend this course?

Bootcamp Part 2 is designed for those who have either taken a previous introductory course where the basics of scanning have been covered, or have a considerable amount of previous scanning experience as the mechanics of how to conduct an ultrasound examination will not be specifically reviewed.

Note: Previous participation at Bootcamp Part 1* is not required in order to attend Part 2.  However, practical companion animal abdominal ultrasound scanning experience is beneficial.

*We strongly recommend a minimum of 8 weeks between attending Part 1 and Part 2 of Ultrasound Bootcamp.  

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.