What we do for pet owners, breeders and farmers
The scanners listed on our database are lay scanners, offering an opinion only service – not a veterinary diagnosis. Never use any lay scanner as a substitute for veterinary care. If you have any concerns about your animal’s health, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Many people seek out the services of a professional scanner to detect pregnancy in their animals for a number of reasons:
- Convenience – located nearby, and may even be willing to travel to your home
- Reduce stress – if you choose a mobile scanner, your animal won’t even need to leave her home, keeping stress to a minimum at this sensitive time. Even with scanners who operate from their own home or business premises, this can often be less stressful to an animal than visiting a vet practice, with all its sounds, smells – and memories!
- Cost – lay scanners almost always charge less than veterinarians, as they are performing only a scan, not a full health examination. If all you’re after is a confirmation of pregnancy, this is the ideal service for you.
- Specialised service – lay scanners specialise purely in pregnancy scanning, and as such, can often offer a more comprehensive service than veterinary practices whose scanning focus is often more heavily weighted towards diagnosis and serious investigation. With AUA professionals, the scan is always performed in front of you (your animal is never taken away to another room), allowing you to take part in the experience and ask questions about what you are seeing. In addition, in the case of pet scans, you are often provided with images and/or videos of the pregnancy as keepsakes.
The very existence of lay scanners is problematic, however, because there is currently no legal requirement in the United Kingdom to have undergone any formal training in order to perform external ultrasound scans on animals.
This creates an environment where effectively anybody can purchase ultrasound equipment and charge you to perform what is actually a highly skilled job, involving knowledge not only of anatomy but of ultrasound physics and safety. Professional scanners will also be fully insured for the service that they provide. Less scrupulous individuals will not be.
In addition, it is important that the equipment itself is appropriate for the job. This means that it has been properly tested and certified for use on animals (see our page on ‘Is Ultrasound Safe?’), and is configured correctly for the job in hand. Scanning a Great Dane, for example, is very different from scanning a Chihuahua, in terms of the frequency used and even the power output and transducer selection.
Individuals who purport to offer a scanning service without adequate knowledge and training in these areas are doing their clients and their animals a huge disservice – but unfortunately, not committing a criminal offense. That is, until something goes terribly wrong.
By using an AUA accredited scanner, you can be assured:
Quality of service – the worst feeling is to pay for a scan, and then realise once the scanner has walked out the door that you actually feel less sure about your animal than before they arrived! Yet, this is becoming an increasingly common occurrence as an increasing number of individuals find themselves out of their depth in front of paying clients.
Honesty of service – AUA scanners will never attempt to offer a diagnosis or replace a veterinary service in any way. Where there is any doubt whatsoever, an AUA scanner will refer you to your veterinarian.
Experience – in addition to scanning experience and training, AUA scanners are experts in their chosen fields. Many offer additional advice and services, such as a whelping service or microchipping.
Quality and safety of equipment – all of our scanners are trained in ultrasound safety, hygiene and infection control.
For more information about what to expect from a scan, choose your animal type from the list below:
Canine pregnancy scan
Feline pregnancy scan
Bovine reproductive scan
Sheep pregnancy scan
Other small farm animals – pigs, goats, alpacas, llamas, etc.