Abdominal, Thoracic & Soft Tissue Ultrasound – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions

Date: Fri 9th Dec 2022 - Sat 10th Dec 2022
Venue: Liphook Equine Hospital
Location: near Guildford, Southern England (Gatwick or Heathrow Airport)
Contact Hours: 19 hrs – Lecture Series (9 hrs, online) & On-Location (10 hrs)
Course Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet - GBP 980.00
2nd vet, same clinic - GBP 930.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - GBP 1720.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Proof of Status) - -
Veterinary Student - GBP 195.00
Early Booking Deadline: Thursday 8th December 2022
Registration Deadline: Thursday 8th December 2022

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all attendees when attending courses in the UK.


The registration deadline has been extended as this course is definitely taking place.

1.5-Day On-Location Portion (10 hrs, worth £685):   Fri 8 – Sat 9 December 2022

Friday 3:00 – 7:30pm:  Case-Discussions, Q&A and Wine & Cheese Reception
Saturday 8:30am – 5:30pm:  Practical Sessions


9 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand, worth £295)At your leisure

Attendees are expected to have worked through this Lecture Series before coming to the on-location portion of the course. Contact us if you have previously purchased this webinar series.


Total Continuing Education Hours:   19 hrs


COVID-19 Update
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This practical course is suitable for veterinarians from mixed and equine practice who are keen to develop and update their knowledge and especially their practical skills on medical ultrasound of the following anatomic region: Abdomen – GI & non-GI organs (percutaneously & transrectally), thorax, eye, jugular vein etc..  The use of ultrasound for pleural drainage, for collecting biopsy samples and when working up foals will also be discussed.

To participate in the On-Location Portion, attendees are required to have first taken part in the  corresponding online Lecture Series ‘Abdominal, Thoracic & Soft Tissue Ultrasound’:

  • If you have already purchased the Lecture Series independently of the On-Location Portion, please contact the office on office@vetpd.com for a voucher code to reduce the price accordingly.

The Online Lecture Series addresses the following hot topics via well-illustrated, case-discussions providing a platform for the panel of speakers to share pitfalls, erroneous clinical conclusions and useful tips and tricks:

  • Gastrointestinal Ultrasound incl. fast localised exam in horses with colic
  • Ultrasound of non-GI Abdominal Organs
  • Ultrasound-guided Biopsy Techniques
  • Non-Cardiac Thoracic Ultrasound (incl. Pleural Drainage)
  • Ocular Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound Exam of the Foal
  • Miscellaneous Medical Ultrasound – Thrombophlebitis, choke, transrectal ultrasound etc.

Open and frank discussions are encouraged during the course and the speakers will share their personal experiences with attendees, be it successes or failures.

Day 1 starts at 15:00h with 3 hours of interactive Case-Discussions, Q&A which will give attendees the unique opportunity to apply what they have learned during Lecture Series in discussion with the world-renowned specialists.  This will then be followed by the obligatory Wine & Cheese Reception allowing for attendees to socialise with colleagues and the speakers/instructors.

On the second day, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and equine specimens and to ask questions in small groups (2 – 4 attendees / ultrasound machine), all under the supervision of specialists. The following practical sessions will be covered during the course:

  • Fast localised abdominal ultrasound in horses with colic
  • Ocular Ultrasound
  • The complete Abdominal Ultrasound Exam & Biopsy Techniques
  • Thoracic Ultrasound
  • Soft Tissue & Head/Neck Ultrasound

The course fee includes, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, lunch at a restaurant and a certificate of attendance. To participate in the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first taken part in the Lecture Series (included in the price).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:          B-EP.3;  C-E.1;  C-E.2;  C-E.3;  C-E.4;  C-E.11; C-E.15; C-E.16;  C-E.17

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    Andy Durham
    BSc, BVSc, CertEP, DEIM, Dipl.ECEIM, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    RCVS & European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Andy graduated from Bristol in 1988 and after two years in mixed practice started in ambulatory equine practice in the Midlands. He gained the RCVS CertEP in 1993 before moving to Liphook Equine Hospital in 1994, becoming a partner in 2001. This was followed by the RCVS diploma in equine internal medicine in 2003 and European diploma in equine internal medicine in 2004. Andy has continued to perform a little first opinion ambulatory work although he now mainly works in the new hospital at Liphook with medical in-patients and the diagnostic laboratory. He has recently been appointed as visiting professor at the University of Surrey, Guildford and is involved in the development of a new veterinary school there. Andy’s main professional interests are in endocrine disease, liver disease, dermatology, infectious diseases and most other aspects of internal medicine.

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    Gunther van Loon
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECEIM, Assoc.Member ECVDI


    European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Gunther van Loon graduated from Ghent University, Belgium, in 1992 and has worked at the Ghent University, Department of Large Animal Internal Medicine, ever since. In 2001 he finished his PhD on “Atrial pacing and experimental atrial fibrillation in equines”. In 2004 he became Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and in 2011 Associate Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. He is now Professor in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Ghent University and his major interests are cardiology (arrhythmias, electrophysiology, cardiac pacing, echocardiography, TDI, 2D ST), and thoracic and abdominal ultrasound. Areas of research include 2D Speckle Tracking, Tissue Doppler Imaging, cardiac biomarkers, assessment of arterial wall stiffness and great vessel pathology, atrial fibrillation. Gunther has published mainly in the field of equine internal medicine and cardiology and lectures regularly at national and international courses and conferences. 

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    Victoria South
    Vet MB, MA, CertAVP(EM), Dipl.ECEIM, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Victoria graduated from the Cambridge University in 2006 and then spent three years working as an equine ambulatory vet in a large practice in the Cotswolds. She joined the medicine referral service at Liphook Equine Hospital in March 2009 as a European College of Equine Internal Medicine resident. Victoria obtained her RCVS Equine Internal Medicine certificate in June 2011. She became a European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine in February 2013 and is now part of the medicine referral team at Liphook Equine Hospital. Victoria's research interests include Cushing’s disease, equine metabolic syndrome and liver disease and she is an official veterinary surgeon for the Cria Caballar de Espana (Spanish Stud Book).

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    Virginia Reef
    BA, DVM, Dipl.ACVIM, Dipl.ACVSMR, Cardiology, h.c. (Ghent University)

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation, Cardiology (honorary)
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    Dr. Virginia Reef, a 1979 graduate of The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, completed a rotating internship in large animal medicine and surgery, and a residency in large animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Reef subsequently became the Director of the Large Animal Cardiology and Ultrasound Service.  Shortly thereafter she was instrumental in establishing the Section of Sports Medicine and Imaging at New Bolton Center and has been the Chief of that Section for the past 18 years. Dr. Reef has worked on the faculty at Penn for the past 27 years, advancing through the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor. She has trained the majority of academics focusing on equine cardiology and ultrasonography in the United States, as well as many individuals in private practice and overseas. Based on her many accomplishments, Dr. Reef was granted a prestigious endowed chair at Penn and currently serves as the Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine. She is one of the charter diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a large animal associate member of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. In addition to numerous original publications, she is the author and editor of a standard textbook on equine diagnostic imaging, “Equine Diagnostic Ultrasound.” 

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    Rose Tallon
    VetMB, BA, MVetMed, Dipl.ACVIM, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
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    Rose graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2014 before completing a hospital internship at Donnington Grove. She then spent some time in first opinion equine practice before beginning a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in London, during which time she also completed a Masters degree. Rose recently passed her board examinations to become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and returned to Donnington Grove shortly after. Rose enjoys all aspects of internal medicine.

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Course Program

Liphook Equine Hospital


Liphook Equine Hospital
Forest Mere, Liphook
Hampshire, GU30 7JG


Address: Forest Mere, Liphook GU30 7JG, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 1428 723594


From the North
  • Take the A3 southbound  following signs to Guildford, Petersfield and Portsmouth
  • After passing through the Hindhead tunnel continue on the A3 following signs for Liphook and Petersfield
  • Leave the A3 to join the B2131 and follow the signs into the village of Liphook
  • At the first mini roundabout, take the first exit following signs for Haslemere and Rake
  • At the second mini roundabout, take the second exit following signs for Rake onto the B2070
  • Continue for approximately 1.5 miles past The Links pub and beneath a railway bridge into West Sussex
  • At the top of the hill turn right signposted to Equine Veterinary Hospital and Forest Mere
  • Continue across the golf course and along the lane for 1 mile and then take the left fork signposted to The Liphook Equine Hospital
From the South
  • Take the A3M northbound.
  • After Petersfield turn onto the A272 following signs towards Midhurst
  • At the roundabout turn left and follow this road which becomes the B2070  for approximately 5 miles
  • Pass through Rake and after a short stretch of dual carriageway the road becomes single carriageway again
  • Pass the Black Fox pub on the left & after approximately 100m turn left signposted to Equine Veterinary Hospital and Forest Mere
  • Continue across the golf course and along the lane for approximately 1 mile and then take the left fork signposted to Liphook Equine Hospital



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“Interesting, give a lot of information that you can use in practice easily.”

Veronica Carsenzuola, Clinique veterinaire de l'Etrier, Gouvieux, France - Abdominal, Thoracic & Soft Tissue Ultrasound course

“Excellent course with practical application & well organized.”

Marian Dobson, Clover Valley Veterinary Hospital, Langley, Canada - Medical Ultrasound: Abdomen, Thorax, Eyes & Soft Tissue course