Blog


23
Jul 2021
BBC iPlayer

It’s no secret that the animal scanning industry has been infiltrated by rogue elements over the last few years. The Animal Ultrasound Association has led the fight against unethical, poor quality ultrasound training practices since 2016, but for every person that we educate, there’s someone new to the industry just starting out and being drawn in by false promises and flashy marketing on the internet. Many of these people will be left feeling dissatisfied, and come to us for advice on where to get retrained. But equally, there are many others who......

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19
Jun 2021
CPD accreditation

Continued Professional Development – CPD – has two main purposes. (1) It demonstrates that the course you are attending has been properly structured. (2) It awards you CPD points. The first point is important, but note it only assures you of the overall structure of the course and compliance with certain standards, such as anti-discrimination and inclusivity policies. It does not mean that the content of the course has been checked by anyone qualified to do so. The second is a moot point. Breeders do not collect CPD points and submit them......

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18
May 2021
The fundamental difference between veterinarians and ultrasound technicians

I’ve seen quite a few cases recently where very competent scanning professionals within our community have found something that doesn’t look right, referred it to the vet as they should, only for the vet to give the animal the all clear and send her straight home. No feedback is given either by the vet or the owner to the person who made the referral, and this can be very disconcerting. You might feel any or all of the below: Guilty for “wasting” the owner’s time and causing unnecessary stress. Filled with self-doubt:......

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06
Mar 2021
biparietal diameter

Most veterinary ultrasound machines come with gestational age calculation packages inbuilt. Within any one species, however, results are not universally accurate across all breeds. There can be huge breed variation, with some species (e.g. goats) and some breeds (e.g. chihuahuas) suffering more than others. Vieira et al.’s 2020 study sought to improve the accuracy of gestational age calculations in chihuahuas – a small dog which, nevertheless, has a large head in comparison to its body size. As chihuahuas are at increased risk of complications during delivery, it is important to be able......

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19
Feb 2021
Umbilical artery Doppler

Summary The resistance index is quick and easy to calculate on ultrasound machines with PW Doppler capability. Obtaining useful readings from the umbilical artery in dogs takes a lot of practice, and should be obtained from the mid-cord to ensure reproducibility. The resistance index will fall 12 hours prior to delivery, falling further 1-6 hours before, so can be used to predict when labour should begin. If the resistance index falls but labour does not follow, this can alert the breeder or vet to the possible need for veterinary intervention. M-mode can......

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06
Dec 2020
rabbit ultrasound scan

How early can I scan a rabbit? Positive confirmation of pregnancy has been documented as early as 7 days in rabbits, but only by the presence of fluid inside the uterus, which is a sensitive but not specific sign of pregnancy: in other words, you’ll always see it in a pregnant rabbit, but you could also see it in a rabbit coming in or out of season, or when something is wrong. It is also worth noting that in such studies, rabbits were completely shaved and mechanically restrained on their backs. While......

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02
Oct 2020
In focus: Canine Pregnancy Scanning West Midlands

Canine Pregnancy Scanning West Midlands is based in Kingswinford, close to the larger towns of Stourbridge and Dudley. Julie founded her business in 2015, after building up two years of scanning experience and undertaking her level 1 training course with VIS. The greatest joy of pregnancy scanning is being able to deliver good news to people, and Julie particularly enjoys performing follow up scans. “The best part of the job is giving owners the good news that their bitch is pregnant, and I especially enjoy doing follow up 6 – 7 week......

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01
Sep 2020
Introduction to Echocardiography

The following presentation is meant as an introduction to the basics of cardiac scanning with ultrasound in small animals. It covers three key views, which can all be obtained from the same location on the chest, without any need to turn the animal over: ideal for ruling common pathology in or our quickly and easily, without specialist equipment.  ...

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02
Aug 2020
ScanPad ultrasound

A video walk through of some of the most important controls on the ScanPad and ScanPad+ ultrasound machines. If you want to understand more about these controls, along with example images from canine pregnancies, you can get your copy of Ultrasound for Canine Pregnancy Scanning here. You may also find the Scan Pad QuickStart Guide very useful.   Gain and depth Your two most important controls!   Frequency Some ultrasound machines display frequency in MHz, and others will display three settings – Pen, Gen, and Res.   Focal Zone The focal zone......

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