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16
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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09
Apr 2020
Mobile pregnancy scanning and COVID-19 - advice for clients

The Animal Ultrasound Association has been inundated with calls and emails from pet owners looking for a pregnancy scan for their dog or cat. We are not aware of any AUA accredited scanners who are continuing to offer a scanning service at the present time. This is not an easy decision for anyone, but it is the most responsible one, and it’s taken for the protection of you, your pet, and our local communities. It is especially difficult to prevent an animal – particularly a friendly dog – from coming into physical......

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25
Mar 2020

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......

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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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23
Mar 2020
Clinell Wipes

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,......

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13
Mar 2020
Frequently Asked Questions on Social Media

Facebook groups are a great way to share your scans and experiences, and learn from others, but it’s important to keep groups on topic and educational. It’s worth remembering that some people have been members of our Facebook groups for almost 10 years. Their advice, experience and time is to be valued – please respect other members by not advertising or posting your technical issues in their group. Below are some common issues, and what you can do:   I have a scanner or probe I want to sell. What do I......

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26
Feb 2020
AUA invited to give talk by Bristol University’s vet school

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......

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25
Feb 2020
Watch Replay: Infectious Disease Control in Goats

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......

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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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