Small Animal Ultrasonography

Small Animal Ultrasonography 2021

This popular modular program has a new format in 2021 & is now delivered as a series of Fast-Track Weekends

The fast-track format workshops are designed for vets who want to upskill quickly in ultrasound and are designed to be highly applicable to clinical practice. After a Fast-Track weekend, you will have learnt new practical skills that you can take straight back to the patients in your clinic. 

You can choose to buy all the FT weekends in a bundle or focus only your area of ultrasound interest. 

All weekends commence with initial theory sessions in the morning and guided live scanning sessions in the afternoon, to consolidate concepts. The limited group sessions are taught by experienced specialists and tutors, with plenty of practical tips and tricks and the opportunity to perfect your technique. 

See the 3 Fast-Track Weekend Options Below:

Introduction to Abdominal Ultrasound – for those wanting to hone the basics of abdominal scanning.

Next Steps in Abdominal Ultrasound – for those ready to upskill in more advanced abdominal techniques; and as a follow on from the Intro to Abdo US weekend

The Basics of Echocardiography – for those practitioners wanting to know how to investigate ‘that murmur’ and get the right views and cardiac measures to help.

The Fast-Track weekends have limited numbers to give each delegate maximum opportunity to get hands-on practice, ask questions and learn from specialists in an informal and relaxed setting. 

Inclusions for each weekend

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Small Animal Ultrasonography
3 x FT Weekend Bundle $7,500 inc GST Discount is applied to the third booking.

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Small Animal Ultrasonography Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Physics of ultrasound
  • Machine set up
  • Ultrasonography of the liver and spleen
  • Ultrasonography of the gastrointestinal tract and reproductive tract
  • Ultrasonography of the urinary tract
  • The useful ultrasonographic measurements needed to make a diagnosis
  • Practical scanning of the abdominal organs

Learning Objectives

Key learning objectives:

  • Ultrasonography of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Normal anatomy and physiology
  • Practical scanning of the abdominal organs
  • Ultrasonographic diagnosis of diseases of the abdomen
  • Practical scanning of the abdominal organs
  • Location and landmarks for advanced abdominal structures – pancreas, adrenals
  • Preliminary scanning of the advanced abdominal structures (e.g. lymph nodes, pancreas, adrenal glands)
  • Normal anatomy and physiology and practical scanning of the above structures
  • Case examples will allow you to put your new ultrasound interpretation skills to practice and guidance is given on what to record in an ultrasound report
  • Continue with ultrasonographic diagnosis of diseases of the abdomen

Learning Objectives

Key learning objectives:

  • Become familiar with machine
  • settings for the  recording of thoracic images
  • Revise the normal anatomy and ultrasonographic appearance of the thorax excluding the heart
  • Appreciate the applications of T-Fast scanning
  • Recognise the ultrasonographic changes and common diseases of the thoracic wall, pleural cavity and mediastinum
  • Review practical scanning of the thoracic organs and echocardiographic measurements
  • Recognise the normal anatomy and ultrasonographic appearance of the heart
  • Perform an echocardiographicexamination and diagnosis of acquired and congenital heart disease
  • The theory and use of spectral Doppler and colour-flow Doppler echocardiography
  • Review the use of two-dimensional and M-mode echocardiography
  • Obtain the useful ultrasonographic measurements needed to make a diagnosis

Course Speakers

Small Animal Ultrasonography Improve International Australia


Dr John Angles graduated in 1988 with honours from the University of Sydney and worked for five years in small animal practice in Canberra, before completing a small animal medicine residency at the University of Califor …

Hear From One Of Our Small Animal Ultrasonography Graduates

"I found the Small Animal Ultrasonography course an invaluable tool in improving my diagnostic imaging knowledge. The modules are very well planned out and taught, followed-up by low-stress, high-impact practical sessions with expert vet ultrasound tutors. While this skill does not come naturally to me, I feel incomparably more confident and competent at this end of the course than I did going into it."

David Clifford (New South Wales)

Payment Options for FT Bundle (3 weekends)

Full Payment Upfront (Total payable AU $2750) incl GST per worshop

Bundle discount will be applied to the third booking of the Small Animal Ultrasonography 2021 Series. 

All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

Terms and Conditions apply to all bookings.

Please find the terms and conditions here.


What is the criteria for enrolment?

You must be a graduated Veterinary Surgeon with a minimum of 1 year clinical experience, please check with Improve, to ensure your suitability. It is the responsibility of the delegate to ensure you meet the program entry criteria.

Do I need to have any ultrasound experience?

For the Introduction to Abdominal Ultrasound Fast-Track, no prior ultrasound experience is needed. You may never have picked up a probe or have really limited hands-on practice and are a novice wanting to learn more. 


For Next Steps in Abdominal Ultrasound & Introduction to Echo you need some experience, as the basics (which can be obtained in the Introductory Fast-Track) are presumed.


The Fast-Track weekends are separated by a number of months to allow you to practice the skills you have learnt in between each fast track course (Intro, Next Steps & Echo).  This enables you to bundle the three weekends and complete the Small Animal Ultrasound courses all in one year if you wish.

How much practical scanning time is included?

Each day session is split so there are theory sessions in the morning, (two lecture blocks) and  practical sessions (one long scanning block) in the afternoon. 


On average, each FT weekend there are 6 hours of theory content and 6 hours of practical scanning time.

How many delegates are in each practical group?

There will be 2-3 delegates per practical group (dependent on venue & COVID restrictions in 2021)

What is the delegate-to-tutor ratio for practicals?

There are a maximum of 15-18 delegates per course and up to 3 tutors for each practical session. (dependent on venue & COVID restrictions in 2021)

Is there any online component to this course?

There is no online component to the SAUS program. Delegates will receive access to the online learning platform where they can download digital copies of their notes (hard copies supplied on the day) and any other materials supplied by the speakers. 

Can I bring my clinic’s ultrasound machine to learn/practise on?

No. Our ultrasound workshops are fully supplied and equipped with Medical Plus ultrasound machines. A Medical Plus technician is also onsite to answer any equipment-related questions you have.

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