Ultrasound Technician Training & Veterinarian Education

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Ultrasound veterinary imaging services are some of the most rewarding procedures a veterinarian can offer. Purchasing an ultrasound system does not, however, guarantee success. Only by acquiring quality technology and scanning skills will an ultrasound investment pay off. Commitment to this basic truth is what distinguishes Sound™ Academy of Veterinary Imaging.

THE INDUSTRY LEADER

Each year the Sound™ Academy of Veterinary Imaging provides more ultrasound instruction than all other vendors and North American Universities combined.

OUR GOAL FOR YOU IS SIMPLE

As a graduate of the Sound™ Academy of Veterinary Imaging, you will possess the training to perform specific ultrasound exams accurately, efficiently, and confidently.

ULTRASOUND SEMINAR

The nationwide Sound Seminar Series offers hands-on graduated course content for true basic, intermediate and advanced level education progression. Each level of training is designed to fit with the next, for optimal review without unnecessary repetition.

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INSTRUCTORS

Sound™ instructors are hand-picked board certified specialists chosen for their clinical application and ultrasound teaching experience. With low instructor to student ratios, attendees are guaranteed one-on-one attention during each hands-on scanning session.

AVAILABILITY

With over thirty courses annually, the ultrasound learning curve is realistically addressed. On-going customized training, webinar instruction and individual seminars are also available.

Ultrasound Training for Veterinarians and Technicians - Courses 2016

2016 Course Schedule

Ultrasound Training for Veterinarians and Technicians

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  • Become familiar with advanced techniques to evaluate systolic function
  • Learn how spectral Doppler can be used to help assess:
    • Left ventricular filling pressures and how this relates to the diagnosis of congestive heart failure and prognosis
    • ...
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 08:00 to 13:00
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 08:00 to 13:00
  • Understand the basic principles of Doppler echocardiography as it applies to color, spectral pulse wave (PW) and spectral continuous wave (CW) Doppler
  • Become familiar with the clinical strengths and limitations of color, PW and CW Doppler
  • Know/learn how...
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 08:00 to 15:00
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 08:00 to 15:00
  • Become familiar with the following aspects of common congenital heart defects in the dog and cat:
    • Breed predilections
    • Clinical signs and physical examination findings
    • Contrast studies (bubble studies)
      • Become familiar with the role of...
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 14:00 to 18:00
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
for Trauma, Triage, and Treatment (in Veterinary Medicine)

(Practical everyday quick assessment ultrasound of the abdomen (AFAST), thoracic (TFAST), and Vet BLUE Exams for patient surveillance.)

This course will cover three practical everyday quick assessment ultrasound formats: AFAST, TFAST, and Vet BLUE (veterinary bedside...

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
  • Review of common cardiac diseases and principles of diagnosis, staging and management with emphasis on the role of echocardiography
  • This course will be predominantly case based and attendees will be encouraged to participate in the evaluation of presented case...
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
  • Discussion of canine neoplasms as well as case-based discussions in canine medicine will be presented
  • Case discussions will integrate the clinical history, clinical exam findings, laboratory data, and radiographic/ultrasonographic findings in determining a...
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
  • Discussion of feline neoplasms as well as case-based discussions in feline medicine will be presented
  • Case discussions will integrate the clinical history, clinical exam findings, laboratory data, and radiographic/ultrasonographic findings in determining a...
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
  • This course will serve as an introduction to echocardiography encompassing cardiac anatomy and artifacts
  • Right-sided imaging planes of the heart will be taught
  • Cardiac measurements and what they mean
  • Taught by June Boon
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
  • This course will include group presentations of real, small animal clinical cardiac cases.
  • 7 to 8 cases with disease will be presented
  • Interpretation and discussion of initial history, physical exam and clinical findings will be followed by live...
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00

Companion to: Echocardiography Diagnostics and Clinical Utility
Cases will emphasize the evaluation of 2D and M-mode echocardiographic studies in dogs and cats.
Taught by a board certified cardiologist

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00

This course is designed to compliment concepts covered in Advanced Echocardiography and Doppler in Acquired Heart Disease (Parts 1 & 2). Small group break-out sessions using computer based echocardiographic case studies will be utilized to gain experience with...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
  • A review of clinical cardiology with emphasis on; the indications and interpretation of the physical examination, ECGs and thoracic radiographs and the diagnosis, staging and treatment of common acquired heart disease in the dog and cat
  • Review of the common...
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 08:00 to 16:00
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 08:00 to 16:00
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 08:00 to 16:00
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 08:00 to 16:00
  • Obtain a better understanding of disease processes pertaining to felines in both soft tissue and cardiac
  • Normals and abnormals of the liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, pancreas, and GI
  • Review standard imaging planes and measurements, emphasis on...
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
  • Principles governing image generation
  • What, when, and why of equipment controls
  • Recognition of normal organ structure
  • Hands-on scanning of FAST exam
  • Hands-on scanning of the “Big 5” (liver, spleen, kidneys, and bladder)
  • ...
Friday, January 8, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:15
Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Monday, March 28, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:15
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:15
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:15
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:15
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:15
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:15
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
(in Veterinary Medicine)**
  • The main objective of this course is to enhance the participant’s skills and knowledge to utilize ultrasound in clinically relevant musculoskeletal and cervical regions
  • Review relevant normal anatomy and scanning tips for superficial cervical and clinically-...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
  • This course will cover a basic to intermediate level of the abdomen, encompassing anatomy, physics, principles, knobology, image acquisition and protocols, normals, abnormals, case studies, “what to do if” scenarios, and touch on Doppler
  • This course is designed...
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00

  • Expand on skills acquired in Basic and Diagnostic courses
  • Hands-on scanning only, no lecture
  • A board certified radiologist will be present for a Q/A session and the hands-on scanning
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 08:30 to 17:00
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 08:30 to 17:00

This program is designed to meet the growing demand for veterinarians to become competent in the acquisition, measurement, interpretation, and reporting of diagnostic soft tissue and cardiac ultrasound exams. The course will prepare veterinarians to acquire and measure the...

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 08:00 to 15:00
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, April 22, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 08:00 to 13:00
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 08:00 to 13:00
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 08:00 to 15:00
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 08:00 to 15:00

This program is designed to meet the growing demand for veterinary technicians to become competent ultrasound imagers. This course will prepare technicians to acquire the standard images and measurements necessary for a diagnostic cardiac and soft tissue ultrasound....

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 08:00 to 15:00
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 08:00 to 13:00
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 08:00 to 13:00
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 08:00 to 15:00
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 08:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 08:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 08:00 to 17:00
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 08:00 to 15:00
  • This course will continue refinement of scanning skills of the more difficult organs (pancreas, adrenals, GI, etc…) and pathology of such
  • This course will cover Doppler imaging and its applications for portosystemic shunt evaluation
  • Case studies and...
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:30
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:30
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
  • This course will include group presentations of real, small animal clinical soft tissue cases
  • 7 to 8 cases with pathology will be presented
  • Interpretation and discussion of initial history, physical exam and clinical findings will be followed by...
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:00
  • Learn pathology and differential diagnoses of common soft tissue diseases
  • Refinement of abdominal scanning techniques through hands-on instruction
  • Imaging of the more difficult organs (pancreas, adrenals, lymph nodes, etc.) as well as a review of the “...
Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:30
Monday, January 11, 2016 - 08:00 to 15:00
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:30
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 08:00 to 15:00
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:30
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 08:00 to 15:00
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:30
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 08:00 to 15:00
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 08:00 to 17:30
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 08:00 to 15:00
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 08:00 to 17:30
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 08:00 to 15:00

* All courses, dates and locations maybe subject to change without notice.

* CE credit hours are subject to regulatory review by state and may change without notice. Course meets the requirements for noted number of hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB’s RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.

Ultrasound Training for Veterinarians and Technicians - Class Registration 2016

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Class Registration 2016

Please fill out the following form. All fields are required.

Confirmation for attendance to a course is based on availability. Your registration is NOT confirmation, please wait at least 3 business days for confirmation of attendance to a course as some courses may be FULL but not yet noted on the registration page. If you have not received confirmation in 3 business days you may contact the Education Department @ 760-444-8606.

* Education packages do not include Equine, DVM Imaging Program, Veterinary Technicians Imaging Program, Small Animal Ultrasound Camps of any kind, or Resident and Specialists Small Animal Ultrasound Camps.

To request and purchase a pre-pay education package please email wwoodward@soundvet.com

Seminar Location

Academy of Veterinary Imaging
2409 Avenue J, Suite C
Arlington, TX 76006

(800) 268-5354 opt 4

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Course Fee : $1,590 Standard Pricing, $1,540 Sound Loyalty Pricing
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Course Fee : $750 Standard Pricing, $710 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $790 Standard Pricing, $750 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee (per week): $3,465 Standard Pricing, $3,150 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee (per week): $1,650 Standard Pricing, $1,500 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $790 Standard Pricing, $750 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $1,590 Standard Pricing, $1,540 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $750 Standard Pricing, $710 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $1,590 Standard Pricing, $1,540 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $2,915 Standard Pricing, $2,650 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $790 Standard Pricing, $750 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $790 Standard Pricing, $750 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $1,590 Standard Pricing, $1,540 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $750 Standard Pricing, $710 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $1,590 Standard Pricing, $1,540 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $1,590 Standard Pricing, $1,540 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $1,590 Standard Pricing, $1,540 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $1,590 Standard Pricing, $1,540 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $750 Standard Pricing, $710 Sound Loyalty Pricing
Course Fee : $750 Standard Pricing, $710 Sound Loyalty Pricing

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Fees and Packages

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2016

Single Education Courses

 

Standard Pricing

 

Sound Loyalty Pricing

Small Animal Veterinarian Ultrasound Imaging Program (Certificate) - per week   $3,465   $3,150
Small Animal Veterinary Technician Ultrasound Imaging Program (Certificate) - per week   $1,650   $1,500
Introductory Ultrasound: The Basics   $1590   $1540
Soft Tissue: Intermediate Diagnostics   $1590   $1540
Soft Tissue: Advanced Diagnostics   $1590   $1540
Advanced FAST: Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma   $790   $750
Musculoskeletal & Cervical Ultrasound   $790   $750
Soft Tissue Clinical Case Workshop   $750   $710
Scan Only Instruction: Soft Tissue   $790   $750
Feline Only: Soft Tissue and Cardiac Ultrasound   $1590   $1540
Applied Ultrasound in Veterinary Oncology: Canine   $1590   $1540
Applied Ultrasound in Veterinary Oncology: Feline   $750   $710
Residents and Specialists Only - Soft Tissue Camp   $2,915   $2,650
Echocardiography: Diagnostics & Clinical Utility   $1590   $1540
Echocardiographic Case Study Companion Course #1   $750   $710
Advanced Echocardiography & Doppler in Acquired Heart Disease: Part 1   $1590   $1540
Basic Echocardiography: Echo Made Easy   $790   $750
Advanced Echocardiography & Doppler in Acquired Heart Disease: Part 2   $1590   $1540
Advanced Echocardiography and Doppler in Congenital Heart Disease: Part 3   $1590   $1540
Echocardiographic Case Study Companion Course #2   $750   $710
Applied Echocardiography: Treatment & Management of Heart Disease in the Dog and Cat   $1590   $1540
Cardiac Clinical Case Workshop   $750   $710

*Sound loyalty pricing requires the customer to have purchased their ultrasound machine from Sound.
**Standard pricing is for non-Sound ultrasound customers.

Packages

       

Getting Started (Pick 4)

       
Suggested for Veterinarians or Technicians with no ultrasound experience.        
4-course attendances within one year, available to practitioners and technicians employed by the hospital. One delegate confirmed per course. Two people may share this package and for each person in attendance, a course will be subtracted from the education package.        
         
Introductory Ultrasound: The Basics        
Advanced FAST: Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma        
Soft Tissue: Intermediate Diagnostics        
Basic Echocardiography: Echo Made Easy        
Scan Only Instruction: Soft Tissue   $3,980   $3,580
         

Becoming a Pro (Pick 6)

       
Suggested for Veterinarians or Technicians with basic to intermediate ultrasound skills.        
6-course attendances within one year, available to practitioners and technicians employed by the hospital. Three people may share this package and for each person in attendance, a course will be subtracted from the education package.        
         
Soft Tissue: Intermediate Diagnostics        
Soft Tissue: Advanced Diagnostics        
Scan Only Instruction: Soft Tissue        
Advanced FAST: Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma        
Musculoskeletal & Cervical Ultrasound        
Echocardiography Diagnostics & Clinical Utility        
Advanced Echocardiography & Doppler in Acquired Heart Disease: Part 1        
Advanced Echocardiography & Doppler in Acquired Heart Disease: Part 2        
Advanced Echocardiography & Doppler in Congenital Heart Disease: Part 3        
Applied Echocardiography: Treatment & Management   $5,350   $4,650
         

4 Course Pack

       
4-course attendances within one year, available to practitioners and technicians employed by the hospital. Two people may share this package and for each person in attendance, a course will be subtracted from the education package.   $3,980   $3,580
         

6 Course Pack

       
6-course attendances within one year, available to practitioners and technicians employed by the hospital. Three people may share this package and for each person in attendance, a course will be subtracted from the education package.   $5,350   $4,650
         

Sole Practitioner Package

       
Unlimited attendance for one pre-specified delegate for 18 months. Some restrictions may apply.   $4,680   $4,440
         

Unlimited Package

       
2 pre-specified delegates can attend an unlimited number of courses for one full year. Some restrictions may apply.
  $6,780   $6,440
         
We are offering reduced pricing for any One Day Lecture Only course if purchased at the same time of any of the above listed packages. These courses can also count as a course in your package, if you wish.   $399   $399
         
Should you purchase any of the One Day Lecture Only courses at any time you have an active package in progress, reduced pricing is available.   $549   $549

* Education packages do not include Equine, Small Animal Veterinarian Ultrasound Imaging Program, Small Animal Veterinary Technician Ultrasound Imaging Program, or Residents and Specialists Only - Small Animal Ultrasound Camps.

** No show charge: all registrants: the course fee pertaining to that course.

Small Animal Veterinarian Ultrasound Imaging Program (4 weeks + optional 5th week)

DVM Imaging Program - Veterinary Technician Training

This program is designed to meet the growing demand for veterinarians to become competent in the acquisition, measurement, interpretation, and reporting of diagnostic soft tissue and cardiac ultrasound exams. The course will prepare veterinarians to acquire and measure the standard images necessary for diagnostic cardiac and soft tissue ultrasound. They will know how to systematically interpret studies and prepare a comprehensive report. Veterinarians who successfully complete this program will be able to immediately incorporate diagnostic ultrasound imaging into their veterinary practice. To complete this program veterinarians must have access to a digital ultrasound machine with color and spectral Doppler capability as well as be able to save and export still images and cine loops in DICOM format. This four-week program is comprised of four one-week sessions spanning 12 months.

Following successful completion of both the echocardiograph and soft tissue and cardiac components of this program, attendees will receive a Small Animal Veterinarian Soft Tissue Ultrasound Imaging Certificate of Completion and a Small Animal Veterinarian Echocardiographic Imaging Certificate of Completion respectively. Attendance alone will not result in certificates. Veterinarians will receive 35 hours of RACE approved CE for each week completed.

Course Objectives for Small Animal Veterinarian Ultrasound Imaging Program

Week 1

  • Understand the practical physics of ultrasound
  • Identification of common ultrasound artifacts
  • Learn patient positioning and preparation
  • Learn probe selection and knobolgy (optimize image quality)
  • Learn relevant cardiac and abdominal anatomy
  • Understand basic relevant cardiac and abdominal organ physiology
  • Acquire standard diagnostic two-dimensional abdominal and cardiac right parasternal images
  • Know how to select and measure standard two-dimensional cardiac images
  • Acquire and measure standard cardiac M-mode images
  • Recognize M-mode measurement enlargement patterns
  • Recognize normal cardiac and abdominal ultrasound anatomy
  • Recognize features of diagnostic ultrasound images
  • Measure when appropriate, label, save and transmit images/studies

Week 2

  • Week 1 objectives will be reviewed and reinforced during week 2
  • Soft tissue
    • Acquire standard diagnostic two-dimensional abdominal images with emphasis on smaller organs (adrenal glands, GI tract and pancreas)
    • Learn and practice techniques for ultrasound-guided fine needle aspirates and biopsies (on phantoms)
    • Begin to recognize abdominal ultrasound pathology
    • Learn to write a comprehensive abdominal ultrasound report
  • Cardiac
    • Acquire standard diagnostic two-dimensional cardiac left parasternal images
    • Understand the relevant physics of color Doppler
    • Know the strengths and limitations of color Doppler
    • Acquire and identify normal and abnormal color flow
    • Perform a complete 2D and M-mode ultrasound study including all standard measurements
    • Learn to write a comprehensive report including relevant color Doppler interpretation

Week 3

  • Week 1and 2 objectives will be reviewed and reinforced during week 3
  • Soft tissue
    • Practice case-based image interpretation and correlate ultrasound findings with clinical presentation
    • Describe the role of abdominal ultrasound in the work up of small animal clinical cases
    • Perform a complete abdominal ultrasound
    • Generate a comprehensive abdominal ultrasound report
  • Cardiac
    • Understand the relevant physics of spectral Doppler
    • Spectral Doppler image optimization
    • Clinical utility of spectral Doppler with emphasis on the role of pulsed versus continuous wave
    • Acquisition and identification of normal and abnormal pulse and spectral flow
    • Measurement of spectral flow profiles
    • Estimation of pressure gradients and clinical interpretation
    • Perform a complete 2D, M-mode and Doppler ultrasound study including all standard measurements
    • Generate comprehensive report

Week 4

  • Week 1, 2 and 3 objectives will be reviewed and reinforced during week 4
  • Soft tissue
    • Identify non-cardiac thoracic ultrasound anatomy
    • Acquire non-cardiac thoracic images
    • Identify neck (thyroid, parathyroid) anatomy
    • Acquire neck (thyroid, parathyroid) images
    • Learn to acquire and interpret color and pulse wave Doppler in the abdomen with emphasis clinical utility
    • Refine case-based image interpretation and correlate ultrasound findings with clinical presentation
  • Cardiac
    • Recognize the 2D, M-mode, color and spectral Doppler features of common acquired canine and feline heart disease and the components of a comprehensive report for each disease
    • Perform a complete 2D, M-mode and color and spectral Doppler ultrasound
    • Generate comprehensive report

Week 5 (optional cardiac only-lecture only)

Advanced Echocardiography and Doppler in Acquired Heart Disease (1.5 day; 11 hr CE, lecture only)

  • Become familiar with advanced techniques to evaluate systolic function
  • Learn how spectral Doppler can be used to help assess;
    • Left ventricular filling pressures and how this relates to the diagnosis of congestive heart failure and prognosis
    • Diastolic function and its clinical significance in common diseases
    • Risk of thromboembolism in the cats with cardiomyopathy
    • Assessment of the hemodynamic significance of aortic insufficiency
    • Help diagnose pulmonary hypertension
  • Learn how to perform and interpret a echocardiographic contrast study (bubble study)
  • Small group break-out sessions using computer based case studies will be utilized to strengthen and consolidate the information presented in this course, gain experience with echocardiographic report generation and to facilitate related treatment discussions.

Advanced Echocardiography and Doppler in Congenital heart disease (1.5 day; 11 hr CE, lecture only)

  • Become familiar with the following aspects of common congenital heart defects in the dog and cat:
    • Breed predilections
    • Clinical signs and physical examination findings
    • Contrast studies (bubble studies)
      • Become familiar with the role of contrast studies in the identification of shunting defects
      • Learn how to perform a contrast study
    • Become familiar with the therapeutic and procedural options
    • Two dimensional and M-mode features
    • Color flow Doppler features
    • Spectral Doppler features
      Emphasis will be on understanding how 2D, M-mode, color and spectral Doppler echocardiography can help assess the severity and hemodynamic significance of congenital heart defects
  • Small group break-out sessions using computer based case studies will be utilized to strengthen and consolidate the information presented in this course, gain experience with echocardiographic report generation and to facilitate related treatment discussions.

Applied Echocardiography: Treatment and management of heart disease in the dog and cat

  • Review of common cardiac diseases and principles of diagnosis, staging and management with emphasis on the role of echocardiography
  • This course will be predominantly case based and attendees will be encouraged to participate in the evaluation of presented case materials (physical examination, ECG, chest radiographs, blood pressure, cardiac biomarkers, blood work and echocardiography) to develop diagnostic, treatment and follow-up plans
  • In addition attendees are encouraged to bring case materials from cases
  • This course is taught by a board certified cardiologist

Course Objectives for Small Animal Veterinary Technician Ultrasound Imaging Program

Course Objectives

Week 1

  • Understand the practical physics of ultrasound
  • Identification of common ultrasound artifacts
  • Learn patient positioning and preparation
  • Learn probe selection and knobolgy (optimize image quality)
  • Learn relevant cardiac and abdominal anatomy
  • Understand basic relevant cardiac and abdominal organ physiology
  • Acquire standard diagnostic two-dimensional abdominal and cardiac right parasternal images
  • Know how to select and measure standard two-dimensional cardiac images
  • Acquire and measure standard cardiac M-mode images
  • Recognize M-mode measurement enlargement patterns
  • Recognize normal cardiac and abdominal ultrasound anatomy
  • Recognize features of diagnostic ultrasound images
  • Measure when appropriate, label, save and transmit images/studies

Week 2

  • Week 1 objectives will be reviewed and reinforced during week 2
  • Soft tissue
    • Acquire standard diagnostic two-dimensional abdominal images with an emphasis on smaller organs (adrenal glands, GI tract and pancreas)
    • Learn to document ultrasound exam findings in a written report
  • Cardiac
    • Understand the relevant physics of color Doppler
    • Color Doppler image optimization
    • Know the strengths and limitations of color Doppler
    • Acquire and identify normal and abnormal color flow
    • Perform a complete 2D and M-mode ultrasound study including all standard measurements
    • Learn to write a comprehensive report describing relevant 2D, m-mode and color Doppler information

Week 3

  • Week 1and 2 objectives will be reviewed and reinforced during week 3
  • Soft tissue
    • Learn and practice techniques for ultrasound guided fine needle aspirates and biopsies (on phantoms)
    • Perform a complete abdominal ultrasound
    • Generate comprehensive report
  • Cardiac
    • Relevant physics of spectral Doppler
    • Spectral Doppler image optimization
    • Clinical utility of spectral Doppler with emphasis on the role of pulsed versus continuous wave
    • Acquisition and identification of normal and abnormal pulse and spectral flow
    • Measurement of spectral flow profiles
    • Reporting of pressure gradients
    • Perform a complete 2D, M-mode and Doppler ultrasound study including all standard measurements
    • Generate comprehensive descriptive report

Week 4

  • Week 1, 2 and 3 objectives will be reviewed and reinforced during week 4
  • Soft tissue
    • Identify non-cardiac thoracic ultrasound anatomy
    • Acquire non-cardiac thoracic images
    • Identify neck (thyroid, parathyroid) anatomy
    • Acquire neck (thyroid, parathyroid) images
    • Learn to acquire and interpret color and pulse wave Doppler in the abdomen with emphasis clinical utility
  • Cardiac
    • Perform a complete 2D, M-mode and color and spectral Doppler ultrasound

Syllabus for Small Animal Veterinarian Ultrasound Imaging Program

Course Equipment Requirements

A laptop computer or mobile device (iPad/tablet) to view lecture notes (color pdf format) will need to be brought to the education center to use during the weeks of class.

A digital ultrasound machine with color and spectral Doppler capability and a cardiac measurement package as well as the capability to save, export and send still images and cine loops (3sec) in DICOM format will be needed at the attendees practice to complete the imaging homework.

Note: Equipment that is not more than 5 years old is strongly recommended. This will ensure that image quality; digital capabilities and the ability to review homework submissions are optimized. A mid-high frequency (6-10) curvilinear or a high (8-12) and mid-low (3-5) frequency phased array transducer are required. We encourage you to contact the Academy of Veterinary Imaging directly to make certain your available equipment is appropriate for your specific practice needs and to allow you to complete the curriculum.

Continuing Education

Veterinarians will receive 35 hours of RACE approved CE for each week completed. CE credit hours are subject to regulatory review by state and may change without notice. Course meets the requirements for noted number of hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB’s RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.

Course Outline

This 4-week program is comprised of four one-week (6 day) sessions spanning 12 months. Each of the four one-week sessions will be comprised of a combination of didactic lecture and hands-on laboratory experience (1-2 labs per day). Experienced instructors staff the laboratory sessions (3 students per one instructor) to ensure individualized instruction and development of diagnostic imaging skills.

During the one-week sessions grades will be determined from written quizzes, and one final written and practical exam per week as well as from imaging homework completed between the weeks of class. The practical examination and imaging homework will require acquisition of a diagnostic cardiac and soft tissue ultrasound ultrasound images.

Students must complete all four weeks of the program and achieve an overall grade of >70% for each week in each component (Soft Tissue and Cardiac) to qualify for each certificate. The Soft Tissue and Cardiac components will be graded separately. Any student who does not achieve a passing grade for the course has the option to repeat the weeks that they did not pass. 

The mandatory imaging homework assigned between the four one-week sessions will involve image acquisition and submission and mystery case interpretation (see course equipment requirements). An experienced instructor will review homework and provide constructive feedback to facilitate ongoing development of imaging and interpretive ultrasound skills. Hands-on scanning practice is a vital part of becoming and remaining proficient in ultrasonography, thus the homework portion of this course is considered to be one of the most important.  Completing the homework assignments require commitment as well as adequate planning and time management by successful attendees.  

Course Details

Faculty

June Boon, MA, MS; Sonya Gordon, DVM, DVSc., DACVIM (Cardiology); Joyce Holt, BS, RDCS, Sound Director of Education; Linda Luther, DVM, MVSc, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine); Matt Miller, DVM, MS, DACVIM, (Cardiology); Anthony Pease, DVM, MS, DACVR; Matt Winter, DVM, DACVR

Office

2409 Avenue J, Suite C
Arlington, TX 76006
Fax #
E-mail: education@soundvet.com

Class Times

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday
8:00 AM – 3:00pm Saturday

Recommended Texts and CD-ROM

Prerequisites

Veterinarian (DVM or equivalent degree)

Registration

Click here to go to registration page.
Check the box next to the appropriate week under Veterinary Imaging Program.

Cost

$3,465 Standard pricing (per week)
$3,150 Sound Loyalty Pricing (per week)
Note: 5th week is included if 4 weeks are completed.

Attendance Policies

This course is an active participatory course.  Veterinarians must be present in class, both lecture and lab, in order to demonstrate the hands-on technical expertise needed to complete the course.  Absence for any reason is strongly discouraged. 

Preparation for lecture and lab typically requires time before and after the regularly scheduled class times. 

Makeup exams and quizzes will be given at the instructor’s discretion. Practical lab exams typically are not eligible for make up.

Academic Honesty

Independent work is necessary to complete the course and veterinarians enrolled in the course are expected to adhere to the honor code.

Withdrawal

Veterinarians may withdraw from the program at anytime.  The last day to drop will be the day prior to the beginning of each week.  If a veterinarian begins that week’s training they will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Safety

There are inherent dangers that exist when working with animals.  Any animal bites, scratches, or injury should be reported to a staff member, no matter how minor.  Veterinarians must follow instructions given by staff members at all times. Current rabies vaccination is highly recommended.

Animal health, safety and well-being is the highest priority. Any problems with the animals will be resolved in an expeditious manner by the attending staff veterinarian.

Religious Holidays

Every effort will be made to allow for observance of religious holidays that occur during course lectures/labs.

Small Animal Veterinary Technician Ultrasound Imaging Program (4 weeks)

This program is designed to meet the growing demand for veterinary technicians to become competent ultrasound imagers. This course will prepare technicians to acquire the standard images and measurements necessary for a diagnostic cardiac and soft tissue ultrasound. Competence in diagnostic image acquisition when used in combination with a tele- medicine service or a veterinarian with expertise in ultrasound interpretation will facilitate incorporation of diagnostic ultrasound imaging into a veterinary practice. Competence in image/study interpretation will not be covered in this program. To complete this program technicians must have access to a digital ultrasound machine with color and spectral Doppler capability as well as be able to save and export still images and cine loops in DICOM format. This four-week program is comprised of four one-week sessions spanning 12 months.

Following successful completion of both the echocardiography and soft tissue and cardiac components of this program, attendees will receive a Small Animal Veterinary Technician Soft Tissue Ultrasound Imaging Certificate of Completion and a Small Animal Veterinary Technician Echocardiographic Imaging Certificate of Completion respectively. Attendance alone will not result in certificates. Attendees will receive 35 hours of RACE approved CE for each week completed.

Syllabus for Small Animal Veterinary Technician Ultrasound Imaging Program

Course Equipment Requirements

A laptop computer or mobile device (iPad/tablet) to view lecture notes (color pdf format) will need to be brought to the education center to use during the weeks of class.

A digital ultrasound machine with color and spectral Doppler capability and a cardiac measurement package as well as the capability to save, export and send still images and cine loops (3sec) in DICOM format will be needed at the attendees practice to complete the imaging homework.

Note: Equipment that is not more than 5 years old is strongly recommended. This will ensure that image quality; digital capabilities and the ability to review homework submissions are optimized. A mid-high frequency (6-10) curvilinear or a high (8-12) and mid-low (3-5) frequency phased array transducer are required. We encourage you to contact the Academy of Veterinary Imaging directly to make certain your available equipment is appropriate for your specific practice needs and to allow you to complete the curriculum.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Certificates will be provided. Thirty-five hours of CE for each week completed.

Course Format

This 4-week program is comprised of four one-week (6 day) sessions spanning 12 months. Each of the four one-week sessions will be comprised of a combination of didactic lecture and hands-on laboratory experience (1-2 labs per day). Experienced instructors staff the laboratory sessions (3 students per one instructor) to ensure individualized instruction and development of diagnostic imaging skills.

During the one-week sessions grades will be determined from written quizzes, and one final written and practical exam per week as well as from imaging homework completed between the weeks of class. The practical examination and imaging homework will require acquisition of a diagnostic cardiac and soft tissue ultrasound images.

Students must complete all four weeks of the program and achieve an overall grade of >70% for each week in each component (Soft Tissue and Cardiac) to qualify for each certificate. The Soft Tissue and Cardiac components will be graded separately. Any student who does not achieve a passing grade for the course has the option to repeat the weeks that they did not pass.

The mandatory imaging homework assigned between the four one-week sessions will involve image acquisition and submission and mystery case evaluation for diagnostic quality (see course equipment requirements). An experienced instructor will review homework and provide constructive feedback to facilitate ongoing development of ultrasound imaging skills. Hands-on scanning practice is a vital part of becoming and remaining proficient in ultrasonography, thus the homework portion of this course is considered to be one of the most important.  Completing the homework assignments will take time and commitment, and adequately planning by the attendee.

Course Details

Faculty

June Boon, MA, MS; Sonya Gordon, DVM, DVSc., DACVIM (Cardiology); Joyce Holt, BS, RDCS, Sound Director of Education; Linda Luther, DVM, MVSc, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine); Matt Miller, DVM, MS, DACVIM, (Cardiology); Anthony Pease, DVM, MS, DACVR; Matt Winter, DVM, DACVR

Office

2409 Avenue J, Suite C
Arlington, TX 76006
Phone # (800) 268-5354 option 4
Fax #
E-mail: education@soundvet.com

Class Times

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday
8:00 AM – 3:00pm Saturday

Recommended Texts and CD-ROM

Prerequisites

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited veterinary technology program or have an AS or BS degree in Ultrasonography.
OR
Applicants who are not graduates of one of the above programs will be considered if they have three years of full-time experience in a veterinary clinic, and they submit two letters of reference from two veterinarians that they have worked with.

Please mail or email letters of recommendation to the attention of Joyce Holt-Director of Education: Academy of Veterinary Imaging
2409 Avenue J, Suite C
Arlington, TX 76006
Email: Jholt@soundvet.com

Registration

Click here to go to registration page.
Check the box next to the appropriate week under Veterinary Imaging Program.

Cost

$1,650 Standard Pricing (per week)
$1,500 Sound Loyalty Pricing (per week)

Attendance Policies

This course is an active participatory course.  Students must be present in class, both lecture and lab, to demonstrate the hands-on technical expertise needed to complete the course.  Absence for any reason is greatly discouraged.

Preparation for lecture and lab typically includes time before and after the regularly scheduled class times.

Makeup exams and quizzes will be given at the instructor’s discretion. Lab practical exams typically cannot be made up.

Academic Honesty

Independent work is necessary and students are expected to adhere to the honor code.

Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from this course at anytime.  The last day to drop will be the day prior to the beginning of each week.  If the student has already begun that week’s training they will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Safety

There are inherent dangers that exist when working with animals.  Any animal bites, scratches, or injury should be reported to a staff member, no matter how minor.  Students must follow instructions given by staff members at all times. Current rabies vaccination is highly recommended.

Animal health, safety and well-being is the highest priority. Any problems with the animals will be resolved in an expeditious manner by the attending staff veterinarian.

Religious Holidays

Every effort will be made to allow for observance of religious holidays that occur during course lectures/labs.

Location and Lodging

Seminar Location

Academy of Veterinary Imaging
2409 Avenue J, Suite C
Arlington, Texas 76006
(800) 268-5354 opt 4

Hotel

Hotel Accommodations provided by

Hilton Arlington Hotel
2401 East Lamar Boulevard
Arlington, Texas 76006
817-640-3322
www.arlingtontx.hilton.com

2016 Room rate : $109.00 

$103.00 for any group staying 5 consecutive nights

Concessions:

  • Complimentary upgrade to a higher speed WiFi
  • Complimentary transportation to and from Sound training facility and to and from DFW airport
  • 20% off for any entrée in R Bar and Grill
  • $10.00-$12.00 Box Lunch options
  • Daily complimentary hot breakfast buffet in F1RST/ Breakfast Room
  • Honor 5K points for guests first stay at the hotel – here is the link: http://hhonors3.hilton.com/en/index.html

2015 Room rate : $105.00 

$100  group room rate will apply to guests staying 5+ nights

Room rate will include the following:

  • Daily complimentary hot breakfast buffet in F1RST/ Breakfast Room
  • 10% food discount IN R BAR  for lunch entrée ONLY
  • 20% food discount in R Bar l valid towards entrée ONLY. (not valid toward appetizers, salads, pizza's, etc.) Dine In Only
  • Complimentary transportation to/from hotel to Sound
  • $10.00 (tax included) box lunch menu
  • Complimentary guest – room internet
  • Complimentary transportation to/from DFW Int’l Airport
  • Complimentary transportation to/from local office

PURE ROOMS: Our specially treated PURE™ room provides a healthier and refreshed environment for all guests. Step into a PURE™ Allergy Friendly Room for a breath of fresh air. Discover how a cutting edge purification system can dramatically improve air quality and enhance your hotel experience. Swathe yourself in enhanced comfort and quality with these specialty rooms. A limited number of PURE™ rooms are available for a nominal up charge fee of $20 per night, plus tax. Contact our Reservations Department directly to learn more about these rooms and availability.

Room reservations must be made individually. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate for Sound-Eklin™ Course Attendees. To ensure the discounted rate, please make your reservations no later than 2 weeks before the first day of the course. This special rate will be discontinued 2 weeks prior to the first day of the course. Reservations must be made to guarantee availability. To receive the special seminar rate, please mention Sound-Eklin.

Airport

Dallas/Ft Worth to Hilton Arlington (Approx 10-15 min): Exit DFW Int'l Airport South to Hwy 183 West, follow signs to Hwy 360 South. Take Lamar/Ave. H exit off Hwy 360 and turn right (West). Hilton is on right (North) side of Lamar Blvd.

Transportation

Hotel Shuttle complimentary to and from DFW airport as well as to and from the education center. Please inquire when reserving your room.

Rental Cars are available at the airport. Please call ahead for rental car reservations.

Directions

To Seminar location from Hilton Arlington: Turn right on Corporate Dr W. Turn right on Avenue J. Turn left onto Corporate Dr E and take the second driveway on the left. The site is straight ahead.

Local Entertainment and Activities

(Free transportation to all locations provided for guests of the Hilton Arlington Hotel)