Abdominal, Thoracic & Soft Tissue Ultrasound - A 1 ½-Day Practical Course

Date: Sat 30th Mar 2019 - Sun 31st Mar 2019
Venue: Woodside Equine Clinic
Location: Richmond, VA (Richmond International Airport)
Accredited Hours: 12 (RACE Approved)
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 495.00 USD 1090.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 470.00 USD 1035.00
Student USD 100.00 -
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 250.00 USD 550.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - USD 1860.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 1530.00 -
VAEP Member USD 440.00 -
Veterinary Technician USD 440.00 USD 770.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 17th March 2019
Registration Deadline: Friday 29th March 2019

* 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.


Sat 30 - Sun 31 March 2019 - A 1 ½ - Day Practical Course 


*VetPD has a block of rooms available at Hampton Inn Richmond/North Ashland.  Please call the hotel directly and book before 3/8/19 for the group rate.

The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take place.


This 2-day 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.

The panel of internationally renowned speakers/instructors has a wealth of experience with medical ultrasound and will share common diagnostic pitfalls, erroneous image interpretations, practical tips and pearls of wisdom open and honestly with the attendees.
In the mornings the following topics will be covered in well-illustrated lectures and case presentations:

  • 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, sialoadenitis, other head/neck soft tissues etc.

Between both days, 5 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to further develop their practical skills on live horses 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
  • The complete Abdominal Ultrasound Exam & Biopsy Techniques
  • Thoracic Ultrasound
  • Ocular Ultrasound
  • Soft Tissues of the Head & Neck           

The course fee includes lunch at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course. 

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    Anne Desrochers
    DMV, Dip ACVIM

    United States

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    Dr. Desrochers was most recently a clinical assistant professor in equine internal medicine at Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. She received her doctorat en médecine vétérinaire from the University of Montreal in St-Hyacinthe, Québec in 1999, and completed an internship program at the Chino Valley Equine Hospital in Chino, California, from 1999 to 2000. Dr. Desrochers conducted a large animal internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center from 2000 to 2002, and held a large animal cardiology and ultrasound fellowship at the New Bolton Center from 2002 to 2004. She joined the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center's staff as a clinical instructor in equine internal medicine in August 2004, and was appointed to the rank of clinical assistant professor in equine internal medicine in August 2005. Dr. Desrochers achieved Diplomate status through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

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    Mary Beth Whitcomb

    United States

    Associate Member of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
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    Dr. Whitcomb graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1996 and then completed an internship at Las Colinas Veterinary Clinic, an equine referral hospital in Irving, TX before studying injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses at the JD Wheat Orthopedic Research Lab as a post-graduate researcher at UC Davis.  Dr. Whitcomb’s career path was ultimately defined by her fellowship in Large Animal Ultrasound & Cardiology which she completed in 1999 at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.  Most recently, she returned to the classroom and received her MBA degree at UC Davis in 2013.  Dr. Whitcomb has been faculty at UC Davis since 1999 where she is a Professor within the Large Animal Ultrasound Service.  This service has since trained 10 ultrasound fellows of their own, including 3 with faculty positions at veterinary schools, 4 that obtained radiology or surgery residencies and others that now provide ultrasound consulting services in private practice.  Dr. Whitcomb is a frequent presenter at regional and national veterinary conferences on diverse topics relating to equine ultrasonography.  She draws upon 17 years of teaching experience as a dedicated ultrasonographer to deliver unique presentations that simulate the ultrasound examination.  Dr. Whitcomb has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals with a particular focus on the use of ultrasound to diagnose upper limb lameness in horses.

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    Wade Tenney
    BS, DVM

    United States

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    Dr. Wade Tenney completed his veterinary studies at Colorado State University. He then went on to do an equine private practice internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center where he stayed on for an additional two years as an associate veterinarian. He then joined B.W. Furlong and Associates in Oldwick, New Jersey where he practiced as an ambulatory/clinic veterinarian with a strong focus on reproduction and nuclear scintigraphy. In 2005, Dr. Tenney completed a 1 year fellowship in Large Animal Ultrasound with Dr. Mary Beth Whitcomb and Dr. Betsy Vaughan at the University of California, Davis. Following his fellowship, Dr. Tenney joined Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic on California’s beautiful central coast. During this time he worked as a general practitioner with a strong focus on sports medicine and ultrasound. He also provided care to clients at the HITS Thermal Horse Show during the winter months. In April of 2013, Dr. Tenney joined the Large Animal Ultrasound Department at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. At the Hospital for Large Animals, Dr. Tenney works closely with the Sports Medicine, Internal Medicine and General Surgery services, providing diagnostic ultrasound services to horses throughout the Northeast. Dr. Tenney also spends the winter months at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida providing ultrasound consultations for performance horses in south Florida.

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Course Program

Woodside Equine Clinic


Woodside Equine Clinic
13011 Blanton Road

VetPD has a block of hotel rooms available at a discounted rate at Courtyard Richmond North/Glen Allen (10077 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23059).  Please call the hotel directly (804-266-6900) and ask for the VetPD block to book before September 14, 2019.  

Phone: 804-798-3281

Website: www.woodsideequineclinic.com

Email: info@woodsideequineclinic.com



From the North:
Take I-95 South to Exit 92 (Ashland/54 west). Continue on 54 west crossing over Route 1. Go through the town of Ashland and proceed across the railroad tracks. Continue to the next stoplight and make a left onto Blanton Road. Continue for approximately 2 miles. Woodside Equine Clinic will be on your right. There will be a white sign with the clinic name.

From the South:
Take I-95 north to Exit 92 (Ashland/54 west). Continue on 54 west crossing over Route 1. Go through the town of Ashland and proceed across the railroad tracks. Continue to the next stoplight and make a left onto Blanton Road. Continue for approximately 2 miles. Woodside Equine Clinic will be on your right. There will be a white sign with the clinic name.

From the East:
Take I-64 west to I-295 north to I-95 north. Follow I-95 north to Exit 92 (Ashland/54 west). Continue on 54 west crossing over Route 1. Go through the town of Ashland and proceed across the railroad tracks. Continue to the next stoplight and make a left onto Blanton Road. Continue for approximately 2 miles. Woodside Equine Clinic will be on your right. There will be a white sign with the clinic name.

From the West:
Take I-64 East to Exit 173 (Rockville/Manakin). Turn left at the end of the ramp and follow Route 623 (Ashland Road). Cross Route 33 (Mountain Road) and continue about 2 miles. As Ashland Road takes a sweeping turn, turn left onto Blanton Road (you will see a blue sign here for the state fire training center). Go approximately 1 mile and the clinic will be on your left. There will be a white sign with the clinic name.



International Airports

25 miles: Richmond International Airport - Richmond, VA

89 miles: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - Washington, DC

97 miles: Washington Dulles International Airport - Dulles, VA


Domestic Airports

75 miles: Charlottesville Albemarle Airport - Charlottesville, VA

77 miles: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport - Newport News, VA



Ashland Inn and Suites

8100 England Street

Ashland, VA 23005

Tel: +1 804-798-4231

Website: www.qualityinn.com


4 miles


Hampton Inn Richmond-North/Ashland

705 England Street 

Ashland, VA 23005

Tel: +1-804-752-8444

Website: www.hamtoninn3.hilton.com


4 miles


Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Richmond North Ashland

107 South Carter Road

Ashland, VA 23005

Tel: +1-804-752-7889

Website: www.hiexpress.com


4 miles


Country Inn and Suites Hanover

11600 Lakeridge Pkwy.

Ashland, VA 23005

Tel: +1 804-798-7378

Website: www.countryinns.com


 5.5 miles


Courtyard by Marriott Richmond North

10077 Brook Road

Glen Allen, VA 23059

Tel: +1 804-266-6900

Website: www.marriott.com


7 miles


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 Mar 2017


Excellent course with practical application & well organized.

Marian Dobson, Clover Valley Veterinary Hospital, Langley, Canada.

Medical Ultrasound – Abdomen, Thorax, Eyes & Soft Tissues course 2016