90th FVMA Annual Conference
Advance registration required
$425 with conference registration
$625 wet lab only
Ever wonder why a cat is dyspneic (asthma versus pleural effusion vsersus heart disease) and you cannot obtain thoracic radiographs for fear of decompensation of your pateint? Ever debate if you can safely give a patient IV fluids, or when you should stop giving IV fluid boluses? Or why an animal presents for “ain’t doing right” with no specific clinical signs? Veterinary point-of-care ultrasound (VPOCUS) can help you manage these patients. VPOCUS techniques are rapid, easy-to-learn and practical ultrasound skills that ANY practitioner can apply in every day practice. VPOCUS is commonly used as a patient-side diagnostic tool to rapidly identify underlying conditions and help direct further diagnostics and therapy. VPOCUS has a high sensitivity and specificity for the detection of abdominal effusion and other abdominal applications (GI motility, bladder volume estimation, gallbladder halo, pneumoperitoneum), and several thoracic, vascular and cardiac pathologies (pneumothorax, pleural effusion, alveolar interstitial disease, left and right sided heart failure, pericardial effusion, intravascular volume estimation, and response to fluid therapy).
Through a comprehensive and interactive lecture (lots of banter between the two lecturers!) with several case examples followed by a hands-on laboratory on live animals, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice the skills of VPOCUS. In addition, vascular access techniques using ultrasound will be discussed and practiced on a phantom chicken breast model. Have you ever struggled to place an IV catheter in a patients that are dehydrated, have hematomas, thick skin or edema? Ultrasound can help!