Abdominal, Thoracic & Soft Tissue Ultrasound – A 1 ½-Day Practical Course

Fri, 20 September, 2024 - Sat, 21 September, 2024



Contact Hours

15 Hours

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 11 August, 2024

Registration Deadline

Fri, 23 August, 2024


English (German & French Moderation)


Printed Set of Course Notes (pick up at venue) - USD 92.62


Diagnostic Imaging

Internal Medicine – Endocrinology, Haematology, Infectious Diseases, Parasitology & Oncology


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This 1 ½-day practical course is suitable for veterinarians from mixed and equine practice who are keen to develop and update their knowledge and especially their practical skills on medical ultrasound of the following anatomic region: Abdomen – GI & non-GI organs (percutaneously & transrectally), thorax, eye, jugular vein etc..  The use of ultrasound for pleural drainage, for collecting biopsy samples and when working up foals will also be discussed. 

The panel of internationally renowned speakers/instructors has a wealth of experience with medical ultrasound and will share common diagnostic pitfalls, erroneous image interpretations, practical tips and pearls of wisdom open and honestly with the attendees.
In the mornings the following topics will be covered in well-illustrated lectures and case presentations (in English, with German moderation): 

  • Gastrointestinal Ultrasound incl. fast localised exam in horses with colic
  • Ultrasound of non-GI Abdominal Organs
  • Ultrasound-guided Biopsy Techniques   
  • Non-Cardiac Thoracic Ultrasound (incl. Pleural Drainage)
  • Ocular Ultrasound        
  • Ultrasound Exam of the Foal
  • Miscellaneous Medical Ultrasound – Thrombophlebitis, choke, transrectal ultrasound etc.

In the afternoons, 5 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and equine specimens and to ask questions in small groups (2 – 4 attendees / ultrasound machine), all under the supervision of specialists. The following practical sessions will be covered during the course: 

  • Fast localised abdominal ultrasound in horses with colic
  • Ocular Ultrasound
  • The complete Abdominal Ultrasound Exam & Biopsy Techniques
  • Thoracic Ultrasound
  • Soft Tissue & Head/Neck Ultrasound

 The course fee includes lunch at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course. 

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:          B-EP.3;  C-E.1;  C-E.2;  C-E.3;  C-E.4;  C-E.11; C-E.15; C-E.16;  C-E.17

Gunther van Loon graduated from Ghent University, Belgium, in 1992 and has worked at the Ghent University, Department of Large Animal Internal Medicine, ever since. In 2001 he finished his PhD on “Atrial pacing and experimental atrial fibrillation in equines”. In 2004 he became Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and in 2011 Associate Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. He is now Professor in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Ghent University and his major interests are cardiology (arrhythmias, electrophysiology, cardiac pacing, echocardiography, TDI, 2D ST), and thoracic and abdominal ultrasound. Areas of research include 2D Speckle Tracking, Tissue Doppler Imaging, cardiac biomarkers, assessment of arterial wall stiffness and great vessel pathology, atrial fibrillation. Gunther has published mainly in the field of equine internal medicine and cardiology and lectures regularly at national and international courses and conferences. 

Verena qualified from the University of Zurich, Switzerland in 1982 and went on to work in mixed practice until 1984 when she began her PhD at the Institute of Veterinary Physiology, University of Zurich. She worked as an assistant in the university’s Veterinary Hospital between 1985-1987. After completing her PhD, Verena moved to England where she spent a year as a Senior Research Assistant at the T.B.A. Equine Fertility Unit in Cambridge, followed by four years as a Graduate Student in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University. In 1992, Verena became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Equine Medicine at the University of Zurich. During this time, she was also a Visiting Research Fellow for the Department of Herd Health of Reproduction at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.  Following this, Verena undertook various teaching positions at the University of Zurich and care of horses for the Hospital Clinic. She is a board member of the Swiss Association of Equine Medicine (SVPM) and of Pferdesamariter-Vereinigung (the Horses Samaritan Association) and also a veterinary specialist FVH for horses. Verena has published a number of articles in various veterinary journals. She currently works as a specialist horse vet at Tierklinik Leimental in Biel-Benken, Switzerland.

Victoria graduated from the Cambridge University in 2006 and then spent three years working as an equine ambulatory vet in a large practice in the Cotswolds. She joined the medicine referral service at Liphook Equine Hospital in March 2009 as a European College of Equine Internal Medicine resident. Victoria obtained her RCVS Equine Internal Medicine certificate in June 2011. She became a European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine in February 2013 and is now part of the medicine referral team at Liphook Equine Hospital. Victoria's research interests include Cushing’s disease, equine metabolic syndrome and liver disease and she is an official veterinary surgeon for the Cria Caballar de Espana (Spanish Stud Book).

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near Basel, Northern Switzerland (Basel or Zurich Airport)


Tierklinik Leimental
Gewerbestrasse 4
Phone: 0041 61 722 10 10
Fax: 0041 61 722 10 11




Please visit the clinic website to calculate your route: www.tierklinik-leimental.ch/kontakt



Distance from Basel Airport: approx. 13.8 km
Distance from Zurich Airport: approx. 96.7 km



Hotel Rynach
Brunngasse 3, 4153 Reinach. 
Tel: +41 61 712 11 22. 
Email: info@hotelrynach.ch


Distance to clinic 
     Rooms from CHF118

Hotel Sonne
Untere Kirchgasse 1, 
4147 Aesch. 
Tel: +41 61 751 17 72. 
Email: achermann@sonneaesch.ch

Distance to clinic 
7.9 km
     Rooms from CHF120

Hotel Gempenblick
Bodenmattstrasse 1 - 5, 4153 Reinach. 
Tel: +41 61 715 90 20. 
Email: info@gempenblick.ch


Distance to clinic 
5.9 km
     Rooms from CHF120

Hotel Eremitage

Gartenweg 2, 4144 Arlesheim. 
Tel: +41 61 701 54 02. 
Email: info@eremitage.ch


Distance to clinic 
9 km
     Rooms from CHF135

Hotel Ochsen

Ermitagestrasse 16, 4144 Arlesheim. 
Tel: +41 61 706 52 00. 
Email: hotel@ochsen.ch


Distance to clinic 
9 km
     Rooms from CHF175

Heidy SCHOCH-VON ARX - Bed & Breakfast 
Chez Heidy, Passwangstrasse
28, 4153
Reinach (BL). 
Tel: +41 61 711 21 53.
Website: www.chezheidy.com

Distance to clinic 
9 km
     Rooms from CHF90

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Qualified Vet

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1186.04

USD 1073.09

Lectures Only

USD 609.97

USD 553.49

2nd vet, same clinic

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1123.92

USD 1016.61

Lectures Only

USD 581.73

USD 525.25

Vet & Vet. Nurse / Vet. Technician

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1976.74

USD 1796.01

Lectures Only

USD 1615.28

USD 1462.79

Intern/Resident (Requires proof of status)

Lectures Only

USD 304.98

USD 304.98

Veterinary Student (Requires proof of status)

Lectures Only

USD 124.25

USD 112.96

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