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Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound

Course Description

This is an extensive, hands-on course covering everything from basic ultrasound concepts and principals of image manipulation to fine tuning scanning techniques for smaller parts of the small animal abdomen such as adrenal glands and lymph nodes. Participants will go through a series of lectures and guided workshops to become familiar with the normal appearance of all abdominal organs as well as common pathology and how to recognize it sonographically.


Groups 1 – May 21-24

30 CE credit hours (RACE approved)| $5,500

Groups 2 – May 22-25

30 CE credit hours (RACE approved)| $5,500

Group 3 – May 22-26

32 CE credit hours (RACE approved)| $5,500

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to popular demand, we’re offering three courses running concurrently, covering the same material. When you register, please indicate your preferred course:

Learning Objectives

After completing this program, you will have:

  • Become familiar with normal sonographic appearance of the small animal abdominal anatomy
  • Become familiar with the sonographic appearance of common pathologic
    findings in the small animal abdomen
  • Learn the basics of ultrasound probe selection and orientation and image
    manipulation, and work on fine-tuning image optimization
  • Develop a systematic approach to complete abdominal ultrasound
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Course Leaders


Dr. Erin Porter is a 2007 graduate of the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. Immediately following veterinary school, she practiced as an ambulatory equine practitioner for 2 years, then returned to the University of Florida to complete a specialized internship focused on equine lameness and imaging. She subsequently completed her residency in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Florida and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2013. She has been a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, Veterinary Hospitals since 2013 and is the current Service Chief of Diagnostic Imaging. In 2021, she became board certified as an Equine Diagnostic Imaging specialist within the American College of Veterinary Radiology. Her imaging interests include equine imaging and small animal ultrasound. She lives in Alachua, FL with her husband and two children.


Martha Moon Larson, DVM, MS, DACVR

Dr. Larson is a professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. She earned her veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1981, completed an internship in surgery at Animal Medical Center, and a residency in radiology at Ohio State University. She also holds a master’s degree from Ohio State University in 1986 and is a diplomate in ACVR. Dr. Moon Larson holds a special interest in imaging the pancreas and hepatobiliary system.

Additional Instructors

  • Audrey Billhymer, DVM, DACVR
  • Robert Cole, DVM, DACVR
  • Robson Giglio, (credentials tbd)
  • Philip “PJ” Hamel, DVM, DACVR
  • Elodie Huguet, DVM
  • Elizabeth Huynh, DVM, MS, DACVR
  • Danielle Mauragus, CVT
  • Jeff Ruth, DVM, DACVR, DABVP
  • Reynsen Shigemoto, DVM, MS, DACVR

Recommended Supplemental Reading

  1. Mattoon JM, Sellon R, Berry CR (eds). Small Animal Diagnostic Ultrasound, 4th ed. Elsevier, 2020.
  2. Penninck D and d’Anjou M. Atlas of Small Animal Ultrasound, 2nd ed. Wiley Blackwell, 2015.

Course notes for Small Animal Ultrasound will only be available in digital format.

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