Veterinary Ultrasound Bootcamp

Course Duration: 3 Days (per session)
User Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: Guelph, Ontario

May 26-28, 2023 – Fully Booked
June 9-11, 2023 – Fully Booked

June 23-25, 2023 – Part 2
September 15-17, 2023
October 20-22, 2023 – Part 2
November 10-12, 2023
November 24-26, 2023 – Part 2

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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!

Part 1: Introduction to Companion Animal Abdominal Ultrasound

In this course participants will learn how to perform a full abdominal ultrasound including liver, spleen, urogenital system, gastrointestinal tract, adrenal glands and lymph nodes.  Participants will also be given the guiding principles and techniques for ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration and biopsies and an opportunity to practice these techniques in the lab using a phantom.  The objectives of the course are:

  • To provide the participants with a foundation in how to perform a complete ultrasound examination and how to appropriately document the study for submission to a radiologist.
  • Understand the indications for and limitations of abdominal ultrasonography
  • Be able to perform ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration and biopsy

The course is designed for both the beginner and those who may have scanned before but would like a refresher.

Part 2: Interpretation of Abdominal Ultrasonography in Veterinary Medicine

In this course the participants will learn the ultrasonographic appearances of common diseases of all the organ systems.  The emphasis will be 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 on ultrasound scanning skills through supervised practice

The course 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.

Course 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. 

Dr. Shawn Mackenzie (DVM, Dip ACVR) is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology who is currently working at the Toronto Veterinary Emergency Hospital and is an adjunct professor at the Ontario Veterinary College. Dr. Mackenzie obtained his DVM in 2010 from the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) in PEI. Following graduation he completed a one year rotating internship followed by a four year combination residency and Doctorate of Veterinary Sciences in diagnostic imaging at the Ontario Veterinary College.

Carolyn Bennett graduated from the AHT program at Centralia College in 1985.  She worked at various clinics as a veterinary technician before she started working at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Guelph in 2002 in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. Carolyn is now the lead hand of the department, working in large and small animal radiology, ultrasound and CT. She has done lectures at McMaster University for radiology technicians and enjoys running wet labs for various ultrasound courses and workshops through out the year.