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VIN DIAG411-1121: Ultrasound in the ER/GP Trenches Part 2

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

Presenters: Daniel Heder, DVM
Brianne Miller, DVM
William Blevins, DVM, MS, DACVR
Course Open: November 3-December 18, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, November 10, 17, December 1, and 8, 2021; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 8
RACE Category: 8 hours Medical

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Course Information:
Ultrasound plays an invaluable role in case management from the initial assessment of an emergent patient to further exploration of clinical and laboratory abnormalities. This modality can be somewhat intimidating at first and a learning curve does exist.

This course builds on the concepts and content of Ultrasound in the ER/GP Trenches - The Basics. In part 2 of this course, we continue discussion of the abdomen including small organs like adrenal and pancreas. Case examples of common pathology will be used to illustrate strategic use of imaging alongside other diagnostics. And we move out of the abdomen to explore cardiac evaluation.

In the final session, learn to collect an image set suitable for telemedicine or to share with colleagues on VIN and elsewhere. We will also discuss some basic technical aspects of image storage and management.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • recognize common sonographic abnormalities and develop a strategy to manage further testing in the case.
  • understand the limitations of ultrasound and when to consider other modalities.
  • perform basic echo planes for cardiac assessment and know how to augment these with color Doppler.
  • obtain the most important cardiac views for consultation with a specialist.
  • recognize echo changes associated with heart failure.
  • evaluate common structural changes in the adrenal glands and understand the importance of adrenal testing.
  • know the sonographic changes that accompany pancreatitis and pancreatic neoplasia.
  • appreciate some potential uses of ultrasound outside the abdominal cavity.
  • discuss considerations for guided tissue sampling in common clinical scenarios.
  • develop a strategy to record an exam for telemedicine referral.
  • find a solution for keeping your images safely stored and available when you need them.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists actively interested in ultrasound basics, learning how to optimize scans, and ultrasound fundamentals.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 8 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 20-847539)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session November 10, 2021): Your Assumptions Are Probably Right - Common Things in Veterinary Ultrasound
Presenters: Daniel Heder, DVM and Brianne Miller, DVM
In this session we will discuss the very common imaging pathologies that you’ll find in general practice and what to do about them. We will also discuss limitations of ultrasound, and when you need to consider other imaging modalities (or surgical intervention) to get a definitive diagnosis.

Week 2 (Real Time Session November 17, 2021): Basic Cardiac Evaluation
Presenters: Daniel Heder, DVM
Learn how to get the “money shots” required for cardiac assessment. We will discuss how to produce an image set that will be appropriate for remote reading. Recognize the cardiac changes that represent CHF and be able to recommend meaningful therapy when indicated. Advanced reading will be available in the course library - please come prepared - we will be moving really fast in this session.

Week 3 (Real Time Session December 1, 2021): Ultrasound Everything Else
Presenters: Daniel Heder, DVM and Brianne Miller, DVM
In this session we will discuss ultrasound imaging of the pancreas and adrenal glands. In addition, we will cover ultrasound use outside the abdomen and the heart. Come ready for some fun.

Week 4 (Real Time Session December 8, 2021): Sampling and the Technical Side of Imaging
Presenters: Daniel Heder, DVM and Brianne Miller, DVM
Learn about sampling with ultrasound-guidance, how to collect an image set that is appropriate for remote reading and more ideas to store, manage, view and report your studies. Don’t take shortcuts; it does not take that much longer to record the full exam. We will show you our proven strategy to make sure you don’t miss lesions.

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.


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Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by October 20, 2021)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by October 20, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on November 10, 2021 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 @vspn.org and @vin.com 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

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