Basic small animal abdominal ultrasound

Key Information

CPD Hours: 16 hours

Course Length: One day

Course Format: Recorded lectures and practical scanning sessions

Course Programme

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Course Information

Key Areas
  • Ultrasonographic examination of the liver, gallbladder, spleen, Gastrointestinal tract, urogenital tract and peritoneum
  • Introduction to the territory of the pancreas, adrenal glands and lymph nodes
  • Common ultrasonographic findings in the abdomen
About this course

Do you want to learn how to perform an abdominal ultrasound exam in small animals? Are you looking to improve your scanning technique? Are you not sure how to get the best out of your ultrasound unit?

This course is an entry level introduction to diagnostic abdominal ultrasound in small animals. The course will help to develop your scanning techniques and routines. It will guide you through a structured approach to ultrasound examination of the abdomen, help you to utilise your ultrasound unit to optimise image quality and allow you to recognise artefacts that may be encountered.

The main focus of the course will be on the approach to the larger abdominal organs (liver, gall bladder, kidney, spleen, bladder, gastrointestinal tract) and recognising normal ultrasonographic anatomy of these organs. Commonly encountered ultrasonographic diagnoses will be discussed.

The online material must be viewed prior to attending the practical session.

Why do this course?
Reviewing the normal ultrasonographic anatomy and common disease patterns will give you confidence to further integrate abdominal ultrasonography in your practice.

Please note this is a popular course with limited spaces so book early to avoid disappointment.


Helen Dirrig, BVetMed MVetMed DipACVR DipECVDI PGCert(VetEd) FHEA MRCVS
Lecturer in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
The Royal Veterinary College

Julius Klever, DipECVDI
Lecturer in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging (CET)
The Royal Veterinary College

Francisco Llabres-Diaz, DVR DipECVDI PGCertVetEd MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging,
The Royal Veterinary College

Thom Watton, BSc BVetMed MVetMed PGDipVCP DipECVDI MRCVS
Lecturer in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging
The Royal Veterinary College

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