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VIN DIAG412-0422: Practical Point-Of-Care Ultrasound for the Everyday General Practice

The lecture for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenters: Soren Boysen DVM, DACVECC
Serge Chalhoub BSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Course Open: April 19-May 6, 2022
Real Time Session (RTS): Tuesday, April 26, 2022; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 2
RACE Category: 2 hours Medical

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Course Information:
“When something is visualized, the truth of its occurrence or existence can no longer be doubted - Seeing is Believing”. This proverb has particular meaning when it comes point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS); diagnostic confidence increases in 89.2% of human patients when general practitioners add bedside POCUS to patient evaluation! Forget about winter, “POCUS is coming,” so get ready! Recent surveys suggest 50-80% of veterinary clinics in North America have an ultrasound machine. Unfortunately, despite POCUS revolutionizing all facets of veterinary medicine, many ultrasound machines are underutilized in general small animal practice. This should not be the case! By asking clinically relevant, often binary yes/no questions, veterinary POCUS can be rapidly and efficiently learned and applied by anyone in almost any setting! So, dust off that ultrasound machine, go beyond looking for the urinary bladder to get a urine sample, and start using ultrasound to make a difference in how you manage your daily patients! This banter filled lecture, delivered by an internist and a criticalist (who rarely agree on anything), will define veterinary POCUS, discuss its evolution, and cover the key binary diagnostic questions that can rapidly and easily be answered with minimal training. We will summarize the clinically driven questions you want to ask and answer in different settings, and discuss which POCUS skills are easy to learn, vs. those that require more practice.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • define point-of-care ultrasound in veterinary medicine and how it differs from formal consultative ultrasound.
  • describe the different settings in which point-of-care ultrasound is used.
  • list the key organ systems and key clinical questions that can be answered with point-of-care ultrasound.
  • categorize POCUS questions as easy, moderate or difficult with regards to the skills and training needed to answer these questions.
  • briefly demonstrate how to obtain the correct windows for the easiest POCUS skills to master (POCUS windows to answer moderate and more difficult POCUS questions will not be covered due to the interests of time).

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians. It is designed to introduce the general practitioner to point-of-care ultrasound and will emphasize what clinically driven questions are easy to learn, especially for the novice sonographer.
This course is not open to veterinary students.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 2 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-898687)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session April 26, 2022): Practical POCUS For Everyday General Practice
Presenters: Soren Boysen DVM, DACVECC and Serge Chalhoub BSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

Enrollment maximum has been reached. Enrollment is closed.

Tuition: Free to VIN Members
This course is not open to veterinary students.

Please enroll only if planning to attend the Real Time Session. The course content, the course transcript, message board and library will be made available to the general VIN membership after the course closes.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on April 19, 2022 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

VIN CE Services:
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