Our work in the community


11
May 2019

When and where should I get my dog scanned for pregnancy? Getting your dog scanned for pregnancy with ultrasound is very reliable and accurate, provided it is performed: At the right time By a trained, experienced professional With the right equipment Each of these points is discussed in turn below.   The right time: When should I get my dog scanned? The earliest you should book an appointment with a mobile pregnancy scanner is when your dog would be at 30 days gestation. If you have been performing progesterone testing, you may......

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02
Mar 2019

The Animal Ultrasound Association accredits the VIS level 1 and 2 canine pregnancy scanning training courses, and this week, we were in beautiful Worcestershire.     Yvette saved this beautiful kidney image, which a few members of the group wanted a copy of:     Here it is in video format:   There is a poster of the canine female reproductive anatomy, as well as ultrasound images of the typical appearance of kidney, liver, spleen and gestation sacs, made by Yvette. You can get an A3 copy of this poster for your......

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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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11
Sep 2018
A weekend in Switzerland

The Swiss Sheep Society (Schweizerischer Schafzuchtverband or SSZV) have just introduced an ultrasound machine for the first time, supplied by Vet Image Solutions in Bromley. Using a linear probe, they will begin collecting data on fat and muscle depth in sheep across Switzerland. I visited the society on Saturday, and we spent the day going through the controls of their new system – particularly the importance of frequency, depth, gain and focal point. Optimising image resolution is particularly important for meat grading work, where measurement accuracy is so important (you can read......

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08
Sep 2018
Lamb meat grading

Fat and muscle depth have been measured using ultrasound in cattle, pig and sheep meat grading work for well over two decades. In sheep, measurements are most commonly taken at the 12th-13th ribs, although using the third to forth lumbar vertebrae has been shown by some to give greater correlation with actual carcass measurements (Thériault et al., 2009). Signet Breeding Services are UK leaders in such work, and using tailor-made ultrasound equipment from Bromley-based Vet Image Solutions, they also favour this site. Obtaining these measurements involves a steep learning curve, but once......

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31
Oct 2017

The Animal Ultrasound Association was established to improve the standard of ultrasound imaging for animals in the United Kingdom and, eventually, beyond. This was largely in response to the experiences of canine scanners who adopted ultrasound technology several years ago in England, Wales and Scotland in order to scan their own animals and offer a service for others. For these people, learning how to scan well and safely was essential: there were few alternatives. Many didn’t even have access to a veterinarian who owned a scanner, or at least not one with......

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13
Jan 2017

The Animal Ultrasound Association is registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC), and as such, our members often participate in voluntary work in their local communities. In addition, Wildlife Aid in Surrey is the designated charity of the AUA. Below is a video of when we worked with Vet Image Solutions to deliver a new veterinary ultrasound machine (VIS Scan Pad) to the centre. This machine will be used by the centre’s veterinarians as an important diagnostic tool for wild animals, such as foxes, hedgehogs and deer....

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