Rapid Practical Ultrasound for Everyday General & Emergency Medicine – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions

Small Animals

Date: Fri 10th Jun 2022 - Sat 11th Jun 2022
Venue: DUOVet AG, near Bern
Location: Northern Switzerland (Bern, Basel or Zürich Airport)
Contact Hours: 18 hrs – Lecture Series (8 hrs, online) & On-Location (10 hrs)
Course Language: English
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Early Booking Deadline: Friday 13th May 2022
Registration Deadline: Thursday 9th June 2022

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Rapid Practical Ultrasound for Everyday General & Emergency Medicine – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions


1.5-Day On-Location Portion (10 hrs, worth 885 CHF):   Fri 10 – Sat 11 June 2022

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


8 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand, worth 305 CHF):   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:   18 hrs


COVID-19 Update
We have firm plans to hold all advertised courses and events scheduled between August and December as announced on our website, provided that restrictions will have been lifted by then. We would like to reassure you that if you register for one of our upcoming courses, you will or can opt to receive a full refund if the course/event should have to be postponed or cancelled due to restrictions associated with Covid-19. We will of course continue to closely monitor developments and government advice, as well as adhering to routine social distancing and anti-viral procedures on the courses. As usual, we urge you to not make any non-refundable travel or accommodation arrangements until VetPD has confirmed in writing that the course/event will indeed take place and to have suitable travel insurance in place, should the situation / government advice suddenly change.



This course focusses on introducing the concept of point-of-care ultrasound for trauma, triage, tracking, treatment & total systemic evaluation (the 5 T’s of POCUS) to the general small animal practitioner (even without any experience with ultrasound).  The specialists will show how point-of-care ultrasound differs from the complete ultrasonographic examination performed by diagnostic imaging specialists and how any small animal practitioner can acquire the necessary skills to use point-of-care ultrasound in everyday practice.  The theory is covered via 8 hours of online lectures  (available on-demand) and covers the following topics that have conveniently been split up into four 2-hour sessions:

  • The Essentials of Point-of-Care Ultrasound
  • Abdominal Point-of-Care Ultrasound Examinations
  • How to Examine the Lung & Pleural Spaces
  • Pneumothorax, Pleural Effusion & Lung Pathology
  • Cardiac Ultrasound Made Easy!
  • Vascular Ultrasound – Estimating Fluid Status, Fluid Responsiveness & Fluid Overload
  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound Case-Discussions & Self-Assessment

All sessions will include pre- and post-lecture cine loop interpretations to demonstrate participant learning and confidence building throughout the course.

The on-location portion starts at 3:00pm on Day 1 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 train the different point-of-care techniques on live animals, cadavers and models and to get tips and tricks in small groups (2 – 4 attendees per ultrasound machine), under the supervision of the specialists.  Each attendee will rotate through the following practical stations:

  • Cardiac Point of Care Ultrasound
  • Abdominal Point of Care Ultrasound
  • Pulmonary (Pleural/Lung) Point of Care Ultrasound
  • Cardiac, Abdominal & Pulmonary POC Ultrasound on Cadaver Specimens
  • Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access Techniques on Specimens
  • Free POC Scan Session on Live Dogs                                     

The course fee includes, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, lunch on Day 2 and a certificate of attendance. To participate in the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first worked through the Lecture.  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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    Søren Boysen
    DVM, Dipl.ACVECC


    American Specialist in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
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    Dr Boysen graduated from the Western College of Veterinary medicine (WCVM), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1996, worked in private practice for a year and then completed an internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. He spent a year as an emergency clinician in Chicago before completing a residency in small animal emergency/critical care at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical care in 2003 and worked at the University of Montreal veterinary teaching hospital from October 2003 to December 2008.

    Dr. Søren Boysen joined UCVM in January 2009. He is a Professor in small animal emergency and critical care in the Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. His clinical home is predominantly based out of Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre, although he also contributes to student teaching and case consultation at the CARE Centre. He is actively involved in both the American and European veterinary emergency and critical care societies, as well as the Veterinary trauma initiative, serving on several committees for these organizations.

    He is an internationally recognized lecturer, speaking at numerous international conferences around the world. Although he is happy to speak on any small animal emergency and critical care topic his true passion lies within emergency point of care ultrasound, perfusions, hemorrhage and shock.

    Dr. Boysen is also heavily integrated in teaching and learning within the UCVM program, teaching across all 4 years of the undergraduate program, as well as working with the interns and being a member of the Teaching Academy for the University of Calgary. He has received several teaching awards over the years for his contribution to higher education within the veterinary curriculum.

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    Serge Chalhoub
    BSc, DVM, Dipl.ACVIM (SAIM)


    American Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine
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    Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. Chalhoub completed a Bsc. In Honours Biology at Bishop's University in Lennoxville, QC. He was then admitted to the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal and completed his DVM and internship at this university. Dr. Chalhoub then practiced in Montreal as an emergency doctor for two years at the DMV Centre before moving to New York City to pursue a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center. Once completed, he became their first ever nephrology/urology fellow and was trained in advanced urinary procedures, dialysis, and interventional medicine. After being a staff doctor and supervising students, interns, and residents for a year, he moved to Charleston, SC where he continued to be an internal medicine clinician.

    Since July 2012, Dr. Chalhoub has been an instructor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Service. His clinical home is C.A.R.E. Centre Animal hospital where he practices internal medicine. He was the recipient of the 2013 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Teacher of the Year Award and the 2015 University of Calgary Team Teacher of the Year Award along with Dr. Søren Boysen. Dr. Chalhoub has been extensively involved in communication and professional skills at the UCVM.

    He is the co-coordinator of the UCVM-CUPS Pet Health Clinics for disadvantaged Calgarians, which promotes 3rd year DVM students practicing their professional skills and wellness exams with the pets of the tenants of the Calgary Urban Project Society. Dr. Chalhoub is also the Chair, of the UCVM-DVTH Internship Program.

    Dr. Chalhoub teaches Internal Medicine and is extensively involved in communication and professional skills at the UCVM.

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    Kris Gommeren
    DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl.ECVIM, Dipl.ECVECC


    European Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine & European Specialist in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
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    Kris Gommeren graduated in 2002 at Ghent University, where he performed an internship and a residency in internal medicine. He became a diplomate in internal medicine in 2009, and briefly worked in a private referral practice, before moving to Liège University, where he is in charge of the ECC-service. Kris is past-president of the European Society of Emergency and Critical Care (EVECCS). He obtained his PhD on the effects of systemic inflammation on the cardiovascular system. In 2017 he became Diplomate in Emergency and Critical Care. He also works on a consultancy basis for Evidensia, in order to develop facilities and train personnel. His main fields of interest are point of care ultrasound, the cardiovascular system, fluid therapy and the assessment of volume status.

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    Hugo Swanstein


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    Dr. Hugo Swanstein is currently completing a 2-year rotating small animal internship at the University of Copenhagen, where he also obtained his DVM in 2022. Hugo developed a passion for emergency and critical care medicine, particularly point of care ultrasound (POCUS), through his mentor, Dr. Bert Jan Reezigt, and through research he conducted on feline lung ultrasound during his veterinary studies and internship at Copenhagen. He is currently the co-administrator of the popular “European Veterinary POCUS Study Group” on Facebook, where he frequently shares tips and tricks, as well as clinical cases. Already recognized as an excellent speaker and educator, Hugo has delivered and co-delivered multiple lectures and workshops on POCUS at the national and international level, both individually and in collaboration with numerous colleagues considered leaders in the field of POCUS.

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Course Program

DUOVet AG, near Bern


Heidmoosweg 19

From Bern airport (closest Airport for International Flights):

Take Aemmenmattstrasse, Viehweidstrasse, A6, A1/E25/E27 and Staatsstrasse to Heidmoosweg/Moosstrasse in Wohlen bei Bern/ Head north-east on Flugplatzstrasse for 73m/ At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Route 8/ Route 8 turns slightly right and becomes Flugplatzstrasse/ Continue onto Aemmenmattstrasse for 1.3Km/ Turn left to stay on Aemmenmattstrasse/ Slight right onto Kummenstrasse/ At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Rubigenstrasse heading to Münsingen/Rubigen/ Continue onto Viehweidstrasse for 2Km/ At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Viehweidstrasse/ Continue onto Belpstrasse for 220m/ Slight left onto the slip road to Bern/ Merge onto A6 (Toll road 10.1Km)/ Use the 2nd from the right lane to take exit 37-Bern towards Bern/Ostermundigen/Bolligen/Wankdorf/ Keep left, follow signs for Fribourg/Lausanne/Bern-Neufeld/E25/E27/A1 (Partial toll road for 2.2Km)/ Continue onto A1/E25/E27 (Toll road for 1.5Km) Take exit 36-Bern-Neufeld towards Bern-Neufeld/Bremgarten/ At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Neubrückstrasse/ Continue onto Brüggbodenstrasse/ Continue onto Halenbrücke/ At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Uettligenstrasse/ Continue onto Uettligenfeldstrasse/ Merge onto Ortschwabenstrasse/ Continue onto Säriswilstrasse/ Continue onto Staatsstrasse/ Turn right onto Heidmoosweg/Moosstrasse.


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"This webinar was clear, informative, accessible, convenient and provided good, basic, understandable content that I feel I could put into practice right away."

Dawn Tauro-Miller,USA

Rapid Practical Ultrasound for Everyday General & Emergency Med Session 1: The Essentials & Abdominal Point-of-Care, 2020


"Engaging and practical."

Taralyn Meusel,Animal Care Clinic, USA

Rapid Practical Ultrasound for Everyday General & Emergency Med Session 1: The Essentials & Abdominal Point-of-Care, 2020


"The webinar was great. The way they give the lecture was excellent. Repeat repeat repeat in different ways so in the end you could see what you just learned. Thanks a lot, a very useful webinar."

Monique Lecluijze, Het Dierenechocentrum, Netherlands

Rapid Practical Ultrasound for Everyday General & Emergency Med Session 1: The Essentials & Abdominal Point-of-Care, 2020


" I attended the VetPD emergency ultrasound course and have found it to be one of the most useful and well presented courses of my career - so thank you for that!"

Victoria Poole, Willow Veterinary Clinic, UK

Rapid Practical Ultrasound for Everyday General & Emergency Med Session 1: The Essentials & Abdominal Point-of-Care, 2020


" Thank you so very much for allowing me to access these sessions. They are extremely helpful, and I have enjoyed learning from them at my own pace. I really have enjoyed watching these webinars, and I appreciate all of the hard work that was put into them. I look forward to signing up for another one soon."

Teresa Wagner Cooper, USA

Rapid Practical Ultrasound for Everyday General & Emergency Med Session 1: The Essentials & Abdominal Point-of-Care, 2020