Veterinary Ultrasound Bootcamp

Course Duration: 3 Days (per session)

User Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Location: Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario

Course Instructors: 

Dr. Stephanie Nykamp, MSc, Dipl ACVR

Dr. Shawn MacKenzie, DVSc, Dipl ACVR


Veterinary Ultrasound Bootcamps are just what you need to get the most out of your CME’s.  Our Bootcamps are fast paced, hands-on and extremely effective.  Programs are designed to cater to all skill levels.   You either enhance the skills you already have, or learn something entirely new for your practice!

Part 1:

Introduction to Companion Animal Abdominal Ultrasound

 In this course participants will learn how to perform a full abdominal ultrasound including liver, spleen, urogenital system, gastrointestinal tract, adrenal glands and lymph nodes.  Participants will also be given the guiding principles and techniques for ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration and biopsies and an opportunity to practice these techniques in the lab using a phantom.  The objectives of the course are:

  • To provide the participants with a foundation in how to perform a complete ultrasound examination and how to appropriately document the study for submission to a radiologist.
  • Understand the indications for and limitations of abdominal ultrasonography
  • Be able to perform ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration and biopsy
  • Be able to perform and interpret the AFAST/TFAST examinations for emergency situations

The course is designed for both the beginner and those who may have scanned before but would like a refresher.

NOTE: Day 3 is dedicated to AFAST/TFAST and can be taken on its own as a one day course for that are just intersted in this area of ultrasound or need a refresher/review on emergency scan/assesment exams.  Please call or email for more information.

Part 2:

Interpretation of Abdominal Ultrasonography in Veterinary Medicine

In this course the participants will learn the ultrasonographic appearances of common diseases of all the organ systems.  The emphasis will be how to differentiate non-specific ultrasonographic findings from those that are more specific for a given disease and determining the next appropriate diagnostic or treatment steps. The objectives of the course are:

  • To understand the ultrasonographic manifestations of disease in the major abdominal systems
  • To improve on ultrasound scanning skills through supervised practice

The course is designed for those who have either taken a previous introductory course where the basics of scanning have been covered, or have a considerable amount of previous scanning experience as the mechanics of how to conduct an ultrasound examination will not be specifically reviewed.

Fees: $1799 per session, discount fee applies when you sign up for both sessions.

AFAST/TFAST one day session: $599

Breaks are scheduled throughout each day.  Lunch is included.  CME certificate of completion issued.


Upcoming Dates and Location for this course:

Coming soon for FALL 2017!

DON’T FORGET! -> sign-up for both Parts 1 and 2 at the same time and SAVE $$ on your registration fees.

Completed registration forms can be emailed to or faxed to our office at 1-866-699-0918