To say that Julia Fletcher is passionate about animal welfare would be a huge understatement. Working with animals in a multitude of capacities since the 90s, she has developed a strong moral code, leading to a formidable reputation in the ultrasound industry as a highly skilled and trustworthy scanner. Working mostly from her home office in Dudley and carrying out mobile scans (using her Scan Pad Plus) within a 25 mile radius, Julia has undertaken a wide range of related training opportunities to diversify her business and reinforce her knowledge. Starting......
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:......
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......
Many veterinarians and mobile scanners own their own portable ultrasound machines. This equipment is coming into its own right now in the world of human scanning, as doctors re-purpose handheld and laptop-based ultrasound to check patients with suspected Covid-19. Portable ultrasound machines are so useful because they can be easily brought to patients’ bedsides – avoiding the risks of moving infected patients around hospitals – and are small enough to be cleaned thoroughly and efficiently, in a way that would be very difficult with trolley-based systems. Veterinarians also use their ultrasound equipment......
The Animal Ultrasound Association have been working hard to maintain supplies of essentials to our members during this challenging time. Clinell sanitising wipes, in particular, have been in huge demand over the past week and a half. We have been prioritising the orders of members over others and keeping pricing low, and are now out of stock – so can only hope that those who did order genuinely did so for their work! High levels of hygiene should of course be standard practice for all scanning businesses, all the time. Right now,......
Last week, the Animal Ultrasound Association were invited by Bristol University’s vet school to give a talk on Veterinary Echocardiography to their fourth-year vet students. The focus of our talk was on getting three key views from one position on the chest, which could be obtained with any ultrasound machine equipped with a microconvex or phased array probe, as opposed to only with a high-end cardiac system. This was to ensure that the topics covered could be of immediate use to the students, both now and in the first veterinary surgery they......
Watch Replay: Infectious Disease Control in Goats We were thrilled to be recently joined by guest speaker, farm animal disease expert David Harwood BVetMed, FRCVS to talk about Infectious Disease Control in Goats. Watch the webinar replay to learn:- Valuable facts about infectious disease and how they can be introduced into a herd of goats (biosecurity). Relevant topics for goat keepers including Listeriosis, abortions and parasitic gastro-enteritis (worms). How to recognise, treat and prevent infectious disease. Answers to your questions – which we’ve posted to the bottom of this page Who should......
Infectious Disease Control in Goats Webinar Time: 8pm GMT / 3pm EST / 12pm PST / 1pm MST Join us on Thursday, February 6th at 8pm GMT to hear from our guest speaker David Harwood BVetMed, FRCVS at our free webinar Infectious Disease Control in Goats. Learn the basic facts about infectious disease, how they can be introduced into a herd of goats (biosecurity) and how they can be recognised, treated and more importantly prevented. In the time available the speaker will cover Listeriosis, abortions and parasitic gastroenteritis (worms). David graduated from......
The Bromley Business Awards took place on Thursday 21st November at which they announced their winners and runners up. The Animal Ultrasound Association (AUA) are thrilled to be certified as Commended: Best Business for Marketing & Social Media 2019. The Bromley Business Awards, now in its 9th year, recognise and celebrate the many dynamic and innovative businesses in Bromley – the largest borough in London. Chosen to be Commended from literally hundreds of businesses is a huge achievement for our community interest business. Our objective at the AUA is to promote the......
The role of ultrasound in urolithiasis In the following article, the anatomy which causes uroliths to become so problematic are discussed, and the role of ultrasound in its diagnosis. Uroliths are stones or crystals that form in the urinary tract, and vary in their mineral composition depending on geographical location and the animal’s diet. They are usually small and easily flushed out in the urine, but in male goats, they can be deadly. Male goats are particularly predisposed to blockages of the urinary tract due to their anatomy. They have a......