Ultrasound of the Mid-Distal Limb & Stifle for Equine Practitioners - A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Sat 3rd Nov 2018 - Sun 4th Nov 2018
Venue: Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital
Location: Snohomish, near Seattle, WA (Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport)
Accredited Hours: 14 (RACE accredited)
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 590.00 USD 1290.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 560.00 USD 1245.00
NEPA member USD 530.00 USD 1190.00
Student USD 120.00 -
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 300.00 -
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - USD 2350.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 1840.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 23rd September 2018
Registration Deadline: Saturday 6th October 2018

* 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 3 - Sun 4 November 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course


This course has been designed to equip the equine practitioners with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to make the most of their abilities and ultrasound machine, in the diagnosis and treatment of various equine musculoskeletal conditions affecting the mid and distal frontlimb and hindlimb, including the stifle joint. This course is suitable for all vets aiming to improve their knowledge and skills in this area, as the practical sessions will be adapted to the attendee’s skill level.

The course will run over two days, with a focus on highly illustrated lectures which will be systematically approached:

  • How to get the most out of your ultrasound machine
  • Ultrasonographic Anatomy and Conditions of the Foot & Pastern
  • Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath & Annular Ligament
  • Fetlock Joint Region
  • Flexor Tendons & Check Ligaments
  • Suspensory Ligament – Frontlimb vs. Hindlimb
  • Carpus & Carpal Sheath                
  • Tarsus, Tarsal Bursae & Sheath                 
  • Stifle Joint Region

The speakers will be sharing invaluable tips/tricks and pearls of wisdom with the attendees during the 7 hours of practical sessions in small groups (2 – 4 vets per ultrasound machine) on live horses.  Each attendee will be able to hone his/her practical skills at the following practical stations:  Machine set-up, foot & pastern, digital flexor tendon sheath, fetlock region, suspensory ligament, flexor tendons & check ligaments, tarsus & tarsal sheath and the stifle joint region.

The course fee includes hot lunches, coffee/tea breaks, the 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.

Please note, VetPD have booked a room block of 15 rooms for VetPD & attendees for $89/night. Attendees can call hotel directly (425-258-4141) and as for Group Name VetPD. Any unbooked rooms will be released Ocober 12, 2018.
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    Mary Beth Whitcomb

    United States

    Associate European Specialist in 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 currently an Associate 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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    Suzanne Brenner

    United States

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    Dr. Suzanne Brenner graduated from the veterinary school of University of California at Davis in 2003.  Following 3 years of general equine practice, she returned to UC Davis as the 2006-2007 Large Animal Ultrasound Fellow. In late 2007, Dr. Brenner established an exclusively equine ultrasound consultation practice in Northern California providing examinations in both ambulatory and hospital settings including Pioneer Equine Hospital. Additionally, in 2008 she became an adjunct professor for the Modesto Junior College within the veterinary technician program.  Dr. Brenner has instructed in several ultrasound-focused CE courses such as AAEP 360 ultrasound course held in 2012 and 2013. Similar to her professional life, her non-profession interests lie in all things horse related, including attempts at returning to horse trial competitions on any one of her rescued horses.

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    Betsy Vaughan
    DVM, Dipl.ACVSMR

    United States

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    Dr. Vaughan joined the faculty at UC Davis in 2006 after completing a 2-year residency in Large Animal Ultrasound at UC Davis.  Her interests include equine musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation and equine and livestock abdominal imaging.  She greatly enjoys teaching and is an avid instructor both in the clinic at UCD and at continuing education seminars across the country.  Dr. Vaughan is a 2002 graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a 1-year internship at Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, FL.

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Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital


Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital
11308 92nd St SE
Snohomish, WA 98290


Distance to airports

International airports

30 miles: Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base - Seattle, WA

39 miles: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - Seattle, WA

84 miles: Friday Harbor Seaplane Base - San Juan Island, WA

94 miles: Roche Harbor Seaplane Base - Roche Harbor, WA

Domestic airports

38 miles: King County International Airport - Seattle, WA

73 miles: Bellingham International Airport - Bellingham, WA

82 miles: Westsound/WSX Seaplane Base - Orcas, WA

Local Hotels

Inn at Snohomish

323 2nd St, Snohomish, WA 98290. Tel: +1 360-568-2208. Website: www.snohomishinn.com

Distance to clinic 0.5 mile 

Rooms from $120

Holiday Inn Downtown Everett 3*

131 128th Street Southwest, Everett, WA 98204. Tel: +1 425-339-2000. Website: www.ihg.com

Distance to clinic 6 miles                                                        

Rooms from $122

GuestHouse Inn & Suites Monroe 3*

19103 State Route 2, Monroe, WA 98272. Tel: +1 360-863-1900. Web: www.hotelinmonroewa.com

Distance to clinic 6.7 miles                                                    

Rooms from $140

Quality Inn & Suites 3*

101 128th St SE, Everett, WA 98208. Tel: +1 425-609-4550. Website: www.hoteleverett.com

Distance to clinic 5.8 miles                                                    

Rooms from $100

Best Western Cascadia Inn

2800 Pacific Ave, Everett, WA 98201. Tel: +1 425-258-4141. Web: www.book.bestwestern.com

Distance to clinic 6.6 miles                                                    

Rooms from $122

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Very informative.  Loved having the instructors demonstrate and then assist us.  Great ratio of attendees/ultrasound machines/instructors.  Great quality machines too.

Kristen Hampshire, Sierra Valley Large Animal Vet Services, Chilcoot USA.

Ultrasound of the Mid-Distal Limb for Equine Practitioners course 2016


Very good course.  Exactly what I, as a practitioner, can use tomorrow when I go back to work.

Josh Harper, Clover Valley Veterinary Services, Port Orchard, USA.

Ultrasound of the Mid-Distal Limb for Equine Practitioners course 2016


An excellent opportunity to learn new skills with top notch professional and patient teaching.  Thank you!

Jamie Doerr, DoerrTo Door Veterinary Services LLC, Orlando, USA.

Ultrasound of the Mid-Distal Limb for Equine Practitioners course 2016