Ultrasound of the Equine Upper Limb, Neck, Back & Pelvis - A 2-Day Practical Boutique Course (max. 24 vets)

Date: Sat 2nd Mar 2019 - Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Venue: Equine Performance Center
Location: Ocala, FL (Orlando Intl or Tampa Intl Airport)
Contact Hours: 15 Hours (RACE Approved)
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet USD 650.00 USD 1390.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 620.00 USD 1320.00
Student USD 130.00 USD 280.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) USD 325.00 USD 695.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - USD 2500.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 2000.00 -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 17th February 2019
Registration Deadline: Friday 1st 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 2 - Sun 3 March 2019 - A 2-Day Practical Boutique Course (max. 24 vets)


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


This course was developed to provide attendees with the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills of ultrasound image acquisition and interpretation of the upper front- and hindlimbs, the poll, neck, withers, back and pelvis.  It is suitable for vets from equine or mixed practice who are keen to further develop their equine ultrasound expertise.  This course covers the following topics systematically and via highly illustrated lectures:

  • How to get the most out of your ultrasound machine
  • Ultrasonographic Anatomy & Conditions of the Elbow Joint
  • Shoulder Joint & Bicipital Bursa
  • Stifle Joint Region 
  • Hip Joint
  • The Poll & Neck
  • Withers & Back
  • Percutaneous Ultrasound of the Pelvis & Sacroiliac Region
  • Transrectal Ultrasound of the Pelvis & Sacroiliac Region

The panel of internationally renowned speakers/instructors has a wealth of experience and will share common diagnostic pitfalls, erroneous image interpretations, practical tips and pearls of wisdom open and honestly with the attendees.  After lunch, 7 hours of practical sessions in small groups (2 – 4 vets per ultrasound machine) between both afternoons, which will provide the attendees with the opportunity to ask questions and to put their existing and newly acquired knowledge into practice, on both live horses and cadavers.  The following anatomical regions will be covered during the practical sessions, supervised by the specialists:  Shoulder joint & bicipital bursa, stifle joint region, poll & neck, withers & back, percutaneous ultrasound of hip & pelvis and transrectal ultrasound of the lumbosacroiliac region & pelvis.

The course fee includes hot lunches, 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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    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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    Betsy Vaughan
    DVM, Dipl.ACVSMR

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
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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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    Rachel Gottlieb

    United States

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    Dr. Rachel Gottlieb graduated from University of California-Davis in 2010 and completed an internship at Northwest Equine Performance, a referral practice near Portland, Oregon dedicated to sports medicine and performance issues in horses.  In 2012, she completed the prestigious Large Animal Ultrasound Fellowship at University of California-Davis under the tutelage of Dr. Mary Beth Whitcomb and Dr. Betsy Vaughan.  She returned to Northwest Equine Performance as an associate veterinarian with a focus on diagnostic ultrasound and recently high power laser therapy.  NWEP is currently the only clinic in the United States offering the FP4 system high power laser therapy as a Center of Excellence.  Dr. Gottlieb was named an Associate Team Veterinarian for the United States Eventing Team, performing ultrasound evaluations prior to team selections for the World Equestrian Games in 2014.

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Course Program

Equine Performance Center


Equine Performance Center
5590 NW Hwy 225
Ocala, FL 33482


Phone: 352-307-3690

Website: https://performanceequinevs.com




1. Start out going north on George J Bean Pkwy toward Ground Transportation.
2. Take the FL-60 E/FL-616 E/Spruce St ramp toward I-275 N/Tampa.
3. Keep right to take the ramp toward I-275 N/Tampa/FL-616 E/Spruce St/FL-60 E.
4. Merge onto Memorial Hwy/FL-60 E toward I-275 N/Tampa.
5. Merge onto I-275 N toward Tampa/I-4.
6. I-275 N becomes I-75 N.
7. Take the FL-44 exit, EXIT 329, toward Inverness/Wildwood.
8. Keep left to take the ramp toward Inverness/Crystal River.
9. Turn left onto E State Road 44/FL-44.
10. Turn right onto County Road 475.     
11. County Road 475 becomes S Highway 475.
12. Performance Equine Veterinary is on the right. 


1. Start out going south on Terminal B Access Rd toward Jeff Fuqua Blvd.     
2. Turn slight right onto Jeff Fuqua Blvd.     
3. Turn slight left onto Airport Blvd.     
4. Turn slight left onto Jeff Fuqua Blvd.     
5. Merge onto FL-528 W via EXIT 1B toward International Dr/I-4 (Portions toll).     
6. Take EXIT 4 toward US-17/US-92/US-441.     
7. Merge onto Florida's Turnpike/FL-91 N (Portions toll).
8. Florida's Turnpike/FL-91 N becomes I-75 N.     
9. Take the FL-44 exit, EXIT 329, toward Inverness/Wildwood.
10. Keep left to take the ramp toward Inverness/Crystal River.
11. Turn left onto E State Road 44/FL-44.     
12. Turn right onto County Road 475.     
13. County Road 475 becomes S Highway 475. 
14. Performance Equine Veterinary is on the right.



International airports

8.3 miles: Ocala International Airport- Ocala, FL

95 miles: Orlando International Airport - Orlando, FL

111 miles: Tampa International Airport - Tampa, FL


Domestic airports

39 miles: Gainesville Regional Airport - Gainesville, FL

106 miles: Tampa Business Airport- Tampa, FL



Courtyard Ocala 

3712 SW 38th Ave.

Ocala, FL. 34474 

Tel: +1 352-237-8000

Website: www.marriott.com


10.8 miles


Country Inn & Suites

3720 SW College Road

Ocala, FL. 34474 

Tel: +1 352-237-4848

Website: www.countryinns.com


10.8 miles


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ocala 

4101 SW 38th Court

Ocala, FL. 34474 

Tel: +1 352-861-8400 

Website: www.marriott.com


10.9 miles


La Quinta Inn & Suites Ocala 

3530 SW 36th Ave 

Ocala, FL. 34474

Tel: +1 352-861-1137

Website: www.laquintaocala.com


11.1  miles


Homewood Suites by Hilton Ocala at Heath Brook 

4610 SW 49th Rd.

Ocala, FL. 34474

Tel: +1 352-369-4610

Website: www.homewoodsuites3.hilton.com


11.8 miles


Lots of detailed information with great correlating wetlabs and hands on learning experience.

Michelle Wiberg, Sunrise Equine Veterinary Services, Minnesota, USA.

Axial Skeleton & Upper Limb Ultrasound course 2016


Great practical knowledge that I can immediately put to use in my everyday practice.

Krystyna Stoffel, Stoffel Equine Veterinary Services, Minnesota, USA.

Axial Skeleton & Upper Limb Ultrasound course 2016