Veterinary AFAST

Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Everyday Practice  

Course Duration: 1 Day Lecture + Wetlab
User Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: Guelph, Ontario

October 23, 2022

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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-


Dr. Soren Boysen graduated from the Western College of Veterinary medicine (WCVM), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1996. Since then, he has worked and interned in a wide variety of academic locations, including Prince Edward Islands, Chicago, Illinois, Massachusetts and Montreal, before arriving at his current position as associate professor in small animal emergency and critical care at the university of Calgary in Alberta in the faculty of of veterinary medicine.

Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. Serge Chalhoub completed a Bsc. in Honours Biology at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, QC. He pursued his veterinary education at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal before practicing as an emergency doctor for two years at the DMV Centre. Dr. Chalhoub moved to live and work in New York City as a resident in small animal internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center and became their first ever nephrology/urology fellow and was trained in advanced urinary procedures, dialysis, and interventional medicine. Since July 2012, Dr. Chalhoub has been an instructor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Who should take this course?  This course is designed for novice to intermediate general veterinary practitioners and ER vets looking to expand the application of emergency ultrasound in their practice.