Intermediate Abdominal Ultrasound – Urinary & Gastrointestinal Tracts incl. Pancreas in Dogs and Cats

Fri, 28 June, 2024 - Sat, 29 June, 2024


Small Animal

Contact Hours

15 Hours (RACE Accreditation Pending)

Early Booking Deadline

Sat, 11 May, 2024

Registration Deadline

Thu, 27 June, 2024




Diagnostic Imaging

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

The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take place!

This 2-day practical ultrasound course covers how to perform an ultrasonographic examination of the abdomen of dogs and cats with a specific and in-depth focus on the urinary and gastrointestinal tracts incl. pancreas.  This course is aimed at small animal practitioners who already have experience with abdominal ultrasonography and who want to increase its use in their daily clinical work as part of the diagnostic work-up of routine and emergency patients.

Over the 2 days the normal ultrasonographic appearance of the urinary tract from the kidney to the urethra and of the gastrointestinal tract including the pancreas will be discussed, as well as the most commonly encountered pathologies and their ultrasonographic features. The following 6 hours of face-to-face lectures and extensive case-discussions will prepare the attendees well for the practical sessions:

  • Ultrasonic Expedition:  The Journey from Kidney to Urethra in Dogs & Cats
  • Why is my dog/cat vomiting?  The Stomach, Duodenum & Pancreas
  • Ultrasound of the Pancreas – anything new, and do we dare to poke?
  • Gastrointestinal Ultrasound – Are fine needle aspirates worth the risk?  
  • Drips & Drops:  Exploring Canine Ectopic Ureters Ultrasonographically
  • Unveiling Congenital Kidney Disease in Dogs & Cats Through Ultrasound
  • Challenging Ultrasound Case Discussion

There will be plenty of opportunity for attendees to ask questions and share their own experiences with the group. 

Following the theory and under the supervision of highly experienced instructors, the 7 hours of practical sessions in small groups (max. 3-4 attendees per machine and animal) will provide the attendees with an ideal environment to train and improve their skills on how to recognize normal organs and create the best images for interpretation.  Each attendee will rotate through the following live dog and cat stations:

  • Kidney, Ureters, Bladder & Urethra – Female Dog
  • Kidney, Ureters, Bladder & Urethra – Male Dog
  • Pancreas, Stomach & Duodenum
  • Small & Large Intestine
  • The Feline Abdomen
  • Free Abdominal Scan Session     

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course note and a RACE certificate of attendance. The course fee also includes transportation from Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando-South Lake Buena Vista hotel to the clinic each day and to the Orlando International Airport on Day 2. Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course. 

Dr. Simona Buoncompagni's expertise lies in internal medicine, ultrasound, and extracorporeal therapies. Her career has taken her across continents, starting in Italy, where she graduated with honors with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2002. She continued her academic pursuits with a Master's degree in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy of Small Animals.

Dr. Buoncompagni’s commitment to excellence led her to the United States, where she completed a Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Oklahoma State University. She holds numerous certifications, including ACVIM Small Animal Internal Medicine Board Certification, hemodialysis certification from the University of California, Davis, and Clinical Fellowship Certification in Urinary Disease & Extracorporeal Therapies from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Buoncompagni has held clinical positions worldwide throughout her career, leaving a lasting impact at each institution. Notably, she founded Veterinary Internal Medicine Express (VIME), a pioneering mobile internal medicine referral service in Oklahoma.

An avid educator, Dr. Buoncompagni has lectured internationally and contributed to veterinary literature, reflecting her dedication to advancing the field. Currently, she serves as a Clinician in Internal Medicine, Ultrasound, and Extracorporeal Therapies at Miami Veterinary Specialist, where she continues to uphold the highest standards of patient care and clinical excellence. Dr. Buoncompagni's journey exemplifies her’ unwavering dedication to improving animal health and advancing veterinary medicine.

Dr. Susanne Stieger-Vanegas is a board-certified veterinary radiologist. She earned her degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, in 1995. Initially, she worked in a small animal clinic in Vienna before pursuing a doctoral program at the same university, focusing on gallbladder disease in dogs. Subsequently, she completed a comprehensive diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, in collaboration with the Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 2001. Following her residency, she served as a lecturer at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden. From 2003 to 2007, she undertook a PhD program concentrating on ultrasound imaging of tumor angiogenesis and utilizing ultrasound to enhance vascular permeability. This was conducted at the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis. In 2009, she joined the team at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, where she is currently a full professor. Her research interests encompass a wide range of areas, including computed tomography and ultrasound applications in gastrointestinal, complex cardiac, and musculoskeletal diseases in dogs and New World Camelids. Additionally, her research delves into 3D modeling and printing of intricate disease processes in various species, including small, large, and exotic animals. The primary aim of this work is to gain a deeper understanding of complex disease mechanisms, offer tools for improved student learning, and enhance patient outcomes by providing personalized treatment planning and care through 3D models. 

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2611 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34741


2611 W Vine Street
FL 34741

Phone: (407) 910-4771

Website:  https://osceolapetemergency.com/


International Airport

18 miles: Orlando International Airport 

Domestic Airport

2 miles: Kissimmee Gateway Airport 

Via Public Transport

Bus and train approximately 2 hours 

From - Orlando International Airport 

Orlando International Airport Bus 42 from Destination Pky and Tradeshow Blvd approx. 17 min (10 stops) to Sand Lake Sun Rail > walk 1 minute to Sand Lake Road and board SunRail P337 Southbound 16 min (3 stops) to Kissimmee Station > Walk 2 minutes to Pleasant St and Neptune Rd and board  bus No. 55 at W Irlo Bronson Mem Hwy and Legacy Blvd 10 min (9 stops) get off at W Vine St and Orange Blvd the destination is a 1 minute walk to 2611 W Vine St. 


Hotel Details

Distance to Clinic

Guide Price (pppn)

Royal Park Orlando ***

1500 N Thacker Ave, Kissimmee, FL 34741

Tel: +1 407-483-4901 

Website: https://www.park-royalhotels.com/park-royal-orlando 

Email: info@hoteldistefano.it 

1 mile

From $60

Hampton Inn Kissimmee North ***

151 Centerview Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34744

Tel:  +1 407-997-7700 

Website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/orlanhx-hampton-kissimmee-north/ 

4 miles

From $170


Quality Inn & Suites Heritage Park**

2039 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34744

Tel: +1 407-449-4777 

Website: https://www.choicehotels.com/en-uk/florida/kissimmee/ 

4 miles

From $80

Star Island Resort & Club ****

5000 Ave of the Stars, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Tel: +1 407-997-8000 

Website: https://www.star-island.com/ 

Email: reservations2@star-island.com 

4 miles

From $130

Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando-South Lake Buena Vista

4971 Calypso Cay Way, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Room Block under VetPD and Esaote Small Animal Event



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Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 2490.00

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