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Small Animal Ultrasound Series

This course provides lectures and hands-on laboratories for practitioners who wish to become more competent at abdominal ultrasonography in the small animal patient. It will provide a solid foundation in ultrasound physics, anatomy and a large number of case examples. In addition, this course allows hands-on experience for the practitioner.

The course offers 15 hours of North Carolina Continuing Veterinary Medical Education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This program also abides by the standards of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) and is part of the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) events for NC and out-of-state attendees. Full attendance is required to receive total CVME credit.

Attendees will be required to wear KN-95 masks during lab sessions.

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Upcoming Course Dates 

  • January 14-15, 2023
  • April 22-23, 2023
  • July 8-9, 2023
  • October 7-8, 2023

Sample Course Schedule

This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

7:30AM – 8:00AMCheck-In
8:00AM – 8:50AMIntroduction to Ultrasound: Knobology, Application, and Techniques
8:50AM – 9:00AMBreak
9:00AM – 9:50AMOrgan Evaluation: Liver
9:50AM – 10:00AMBreak
10:00AM – 12:00PMLab – Basic Ultrasound Techniques:  Liver and Spleen
12:00PM – 1:00PMLunch (provided)
1:00PM – 1:50PMOrgan Evaluation: Kidney and Urinary Bladder
1:50PM – 2:00PMBreak
2:00PM – 2:50PMOrgan Evaluation: Gastrointestinal Tract
2:50PM – 3:00PMBreak
3:00PM – 5:00PMLab – Kidneys, Urinary Bladder, and Gastrointestinal Tract
8:00AM – 8:50AMOrgan Evaluation: Spleen and Pancreas
8:50AM – 9:00AMBreak
9:00AM – 9:50AMOrgan Evaluation: Small Parts (Adrenal Glands, Lymph Nodes, Prostate)
9:50AM – 10:00AMBreak
10:00AM – 12:00PMLab – Adrenal Glands, Pancreas, and Lymph Nodes
12:00PM – 1:00PMLunch (provided)
1:00PM – 1:50PMCase Presentations
1:50PM – 2:00PMBreak
2:00PM – 4:00PMLab – Hands-on Overview of the Abdomen

Animal sedation and monitoring performed by Dr. Bernie Hansen. Animals provided by the veterinary students at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. Laboratories have been reviewed and approved by the NC State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. 


A block of rooms will be reserved at the Ramada Inn Blue Ridge, located at 1520 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. This hotel is next door and within walking distance to the the college. Rooms are $79 per night. To make your reservation, please call 919-832-4100 and reference the group code below based on training dates:

  • January 2023: Arrival – January 13; Departure – January 15; Group Code – 0123ULTRASOUND; Cut off date – 12/30/22
  • April 2023: Arrival – April 21; Departure – April 23; Group Code – 0423ULTRASOUND; Cut off date – 4/7/23
  • July 2023: Arrival – July 7; Departure – July 9; Group Code – 0723ULTRASOUND; Cut off date – 6/23/23
  • October 2023: Arrival – October 6; Departure – October 8; Group Code – 1023ULTRASOUND; Cut off date – 9/22/23

Cost and Registration

Fee: $1,250.00

The small animal ultrasound courses are two-day courses; one-day registrations are not available. The fee includes lunches and printed proceedings. Enrollment for each course is limited to 30 attendees, so early registration is recommended.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be granted for cancellation notices received in writing (either by mail, fax, or e-mail) up to four weeks prior to the course beginning. A refund minus a 25% administrative fee will be granted for cancellations received during the four weeks leading up to the course. No refunds will be granted after the course has begun.