Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound – Liver, Spleen, Gastrointestinal & Urinary Tract – A 2-Day Practical Course

Sat, 31 August, 2024 - Sun, 01 September, 2024


Small Animal

Contact Hours

15 hours

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 21 July, 2024

Registration Deadline

Sat, 03 August, 2024




Diagnostic Imaging

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

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Attendees are encouraged to bring their own dog(s). Please let the VetPD Team know if you would like to bring your own.


This 2-day practical course covers how to systematically and thoroughly examine the abdomen of dogs and cats ultrasonographically and how to identify and evaluate the different organs.  It is aimed at small animal practitioners wanting to learn and increase the use of ultrasonography in their daily clinical work, motivating them to add an ultrasound examination more frequently to their diagnostic work-up of routine and emergency patients.

Over the 2 days the machine set-up and the normal ultrasonographical appearance of the large abdominal organs (liver, spleen, gastrointestinal tract, upper and lower urinary tracts & peritoneal space) will be discussed, as well as the most common pathologies and their ultrasonographic features. The following 7 hours of face-to-face lectures and extensive case-discussions will cover the foundations of abdominal ultrasound up to intermediate level:

  • Ultrasound Physics
  • How to get the most out of your Ultrasound Machine
  • Identifying and Examining the Liver & Spleen
  • Gastrointestinal Tract – Stomach, Small & Large Intestines
  • Upper and Lower Urinary Tract – Kidney, Bladder & Urethra
  • Abdominal Ultrasound Case-Discussions

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 the experienced instructors, the 6-7 hours of practical sessions in small groups (max. 3-4 attendees per machine and live dog) allow attendees to train and improve their own skills on how to recognize normal organs and create the best images for interpretation.  Each attendee will rotate through the following live dog stations:

  • Setting up your Machine & Scanning Techniques
  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Stomach
  • Small & Large Intestine
  • Upper Urinary Tract – Kidney & Ureters
  • Lower Urinary Tract – Urinary Bladder & Urethra

By the end of this course, the participants will be comfortable setting up their ultrasound machine, choosing the most suitable probe and competently identifying and examining the liver, spleen, entire gastrointestinal tract and the upper and lower urinary tract ultrasonographically. Attendees should furthermore be confident in differentiating normal from abnormal abdominal organ appearances.

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course note 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 limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course. 

Simona graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Milan, Italy in 1994.
She has worked for more than 20 years in Small Animal practice as clinician and sonographer consultant in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. She is also NAVLE boarded (2013) and took the ECFVG main certification in 2014.
She had been involved in Canine and Feline Heartworm Disease research projects publishing numerous articles in peer reviewed journals.
Simona is now working as sonographer in multiple referral hospitals and universities in the UK and has been working as instructor in national and international ultrasound courses since 2005.

Dr.Liuti graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Camerino in 2001, Italy. In 2003, she was appointed as a ECVDI resident in Diagnostic Imaging, at the University of Ghent (Belgium). Since 2008, she is working as a Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging, at the University of Edinburgh. 
She is teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, including residents enrolled in the ECVDI Diagnostic Imaging Residency programme, small and large animal track. 

Dr.Liuti is an ECVDI Diplomate and she defended her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, on the morphological assessment of paranasal sinuses and teeth in the horse with the use of computed tomography. She is Pg.CAP and FHEA. 
Dr.Liuti is author of multiple international publications in ultrasound and Computed Tomography, small and large animal. Her main interest is ultrasound in small animal, Computed Tomography small and large animal (equine).

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DUOVet AG, Säriswil, Heidmoosweg 19

From Bern airport (closest Airport for International Flights):

Take Aemmenmattstrasse, Viehweidstrasse, A6, A1/E25/E27 and Staatsstrasse to Heidmoosweg/Moosstrasse in Wohlen bei Bern/ Head north-east on Flugplatzstrasse for 73m/ At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Route 8/ Route 8 turns slightly right and becomes Flugplatzstrasse/ Continue onto Aemmenmattstrasse for 1.3Km/ Turn left to stay on Aemmenmattstrasse/ Slight right onto Kummenstrasse/ At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Rubigenstrasse heading to Münsingen/Rubigen/ Continue onto Viehweidstrasse for 2Km/ At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Viehweidstrasse/ Continue onto Belpstrasse for 220m/ Slight left onto the slip road to Bern/ Merge onto A6 (Toll road 10.1Km)/ Use the 2nd from the right lane to take exit 37-Bern towards Bern/Ostermundigen/Bolligen/Wankdorf/ Keep left, follow signs for Fribourg/Lausanne/Bern-Neufeld/E25/E27/A1 (Partial toll road for 2.2Km)/ Continue onto A1/E25/E27 (Toll road for 1.5Km) Take exit 36-Bern-Neufeld towards Bern-Neufeld/Bremgarten/ At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Neubrückstrasse/ Continue onto Brüggbodenstrasse/ Continue onto Halenbrücke/ At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Uettligenstrasse/ Continue onto Uettligenfeldstrasse/ Merge onto Ortschwabenstrasse/ Continue onto Säriswilstrasse/ Continue onto Staatsstrasse/ Turn right onto Heidmoosweg/Moosstrasse.


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Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1457.62

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USD 728.81

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USD 1384.17

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USD 694.91

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