Business advice


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Apr 2020
Unscrupulous UK company make false claims about COVID-19 test kits

Times like this tend to reveal both the best and worst in people. For most of us, this is a time where our priorities are focused upon our families and our communities – of ways we can support one another, and keep each other safe. For some, however, this is just another opportunity to exploit and profit from. Ethical companies during the current crisis will: Adhere to official advice by postponing in-person training courses Support their members and local communities as best they can – click here to view the protective face......

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09
Apr 2020

We have been asked by some of our members for clear guidance on ultrasound scanning for pregnancy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our guidance echoes that of the government, in that all non-essential travel and human contact should be avoided at the present time. This includes contact with pets even without the presence of the owner, as the virus could be transmitted from one human to another on an animal’s fur or harness. There is also new evidence to suggest that animals are becoming infected with the virus. While they may fare far......

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23
Mar 2020
Pregnancy scanning

There’s no hiding from the fact that continuing to offer a mobile scanning service is becoming increasingly risky – and with children staying at home now, quite possibly more so than before. One regret coming from the Italian experience is the well intentioned decision to close all schools and nurseries without appropriate guidance, effectively sending all the children into the arms of their grandparents. With one of the most elderly populations in the world, Italian grandparents are heavily involved in childcare, and at the time it would have seemed logical for them......

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16
Feb 2020

A member of our Facebook group recently posted a link to their website, encouraging people to list their businesses on there. The post was removed (we don’t allow advertising in our canine scanning group), but not after several people had volunteered their details for the site. But how helpful are such people really being?   Inbound links and SEO It used to be the case that inbound links to your business were a quick fix to any ranking problems – and the more, the better. This soon lead to abuse, however, which......

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11
Oct 2019

The RCVS can only help with matters concerning licensed veterinarians or vet nurses, so if you feel you need to report poor conduct by people who are not part of the veterinary profession, what can you do? The AUA spoke to the RCVS last week, and their advice is combined with ours and summarised below.   Reporting a scanner in your area If you know that somebody is charging people for a scanning service without adequate training or equipment, or is not practicing within their remit (i.e. is offering diagnoses), you can......

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08
Oct 2019

What to do if you are bitten by a dog during a scan: • Wash the wound thoroughly. Run under a cold tap for 10 minutes, even if the skin isn’t broken. • Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tell your doctor or medical practitioner that you have been bitten by an animal. • Report the bite (important). Taking photos of the wound straight after it happens can be helpful. Your police and local authority’s dog warden should be informed of any dog bites to take steps to prevent this happening......

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14
Aug 2019
TrustPilot logo

Buying an ultrasound machine used to be a very different process. A purchase involving hundreds (sometimes thousands) of pounds was one in which people invested months of research, many phone and email conversations, and often met with the ultrasound company face-to-face to try out the equipment, receive training and establish trust. Nowadays, people are becoming increasingly willing to buy straight off the internet, and the personal conversation has been replaced with other methods of building trust – most notably, online reviews. This makes the decision-making process quicker and easier for the buyer......

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26
Jun 2019

Thank you to all who attended today’s webinar on how to promote your canine scanning business online. The full recording is embedded here, with the question and answer session in text below.     Questions: Am I right in assuming to be a member of the AUA you have to have completed both Level 1 AND Level 2? You can join as a partial member with only level 1 training, giving you access to your profile which you can then begin building. You can still upload and share your scans here. What......

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20
Feb 2019

Hi everyone! Last month, a new team member joined us at the Animal Ultrasound Association: Marguerita Alexandrou. She’s here for you every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. She’s been working on boosting the visibility of full members’ profiles online, as well as some awareness-raising work we’ll be doing at the end of the month (photos to follow in a couple of weeks!), starting at the next two VIS ultrasound training courses in Worcestershire and West Lothian. She’s also been working on securing sponsorship for the website, so that we have even more money......

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08
Jan 2019

Many AUA members save images and videos for their clients when they perform a pregnancy scan. For those of us who began scanning many years ago, it’s become habit to export the images off your scanner and email them over as attachments. Some people even let the client photograph or record from the ultrasound screen. The problem with both of these methods is that it transfers control and ownership of your work to the client (ok, perhaps not legally, but that’s not what we’re talking about here). They can now forward those images......

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