Abdominal ultrasound: the basics – Worplesdon – 15th December 2020

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Course information

*Re-scheduled from 5th May 2020*


About this course 

When it comes to small animal ultrasonography are you baffled by the buttons? Do you battle with B-mode, struggle with spleens or sicken at the prospect of scanning a stomach?

Then this one-day course for veterinary surgeons is here to help you.

Via a blend of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions you will gain the fundamental knowledge to improve your abdominal ultrasonography skills or get started if you don’t know where to begin.

With an emphasis on hands-on time with the ultrasound machine, this course covers basic ultrasound physics and image optimisation, indications for abdominal ultrasound examination, and a logical approach to ultrasonography of the main organs within the abdomen, including; liver and gall bladder, spleen, kidneys, urinary bladder and GI tract. Our supportive practical environment will allow you to put these newly learnt skills into practice.


Key learning objectives

  • Essential ultrasound physics – understand how an image is formed and when things are not as they appear.
  • Get familiar with the machine - learn the core controls and how to get the best image.
  • Indications for ultrasound – when it is a useful diagnostic tool and why?
  • A logical approach – learn the foundations for carrying out an abdominal ultrasound exam that you can continue to build on.
  • The normal abdomen – learn to identify the appearance of the liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidneys, urinary bladder and GI tract.
  • Put it into practice – use the techniques and knowledge gained on the day to practice your ultrasound skills on real dogs.


Equipment and Facilities

IMV imaging will provide all the necessary ultrasound equipment.

Please note that because of the difficulty providing animals for scanning, delegates are kindly requested to bring a friendly dog with them for the duration of the day. Kennelling accommodation for the dogs will be available to use if required. 

It is important that the dogs can be clipped as required for a full abdominal ultrasound exam.

Did you know - every delegate who brings a dog is entered into a prize draw on the course day to win a £75 Amazon voucher??!! 



The day will be informal and relaxed with maximum time for hands-on learning.

Arrive for tea and coffee from 8:30am, ready to begin the lecture at 9am. We’ll aim to finish by 4.30pm which will count for 7 hours of CPD.

Places are limited to a maximum of 12 delegates so book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Course notes, refreshments and lunch will be provided.



15th December 2020


Pete Mantis




Merrist Wood House

Merrist Wood College






CPD Points

6 hours CPD/10 CVE points for day



IMV customers £425 plus VAT
Non-IMV customers £475 plus VAT


For pre-paid or complimentary course places organised with our Account Managers, please contact [email protected] or complete our booking form online.


For any other booking or payment enquiries please contact [email protected].

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3. Your Animals

We do require a minimum of 4 dogs to run the ultrasound courses.

If you cannot bring any dogs, please call us on +44(0)1506 460 023 to discuss your booking.

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Above prices include VAT.

Please contact [email protected] before proceeding with payment if you have a complimentary course place or discount to apply to your booking.

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