MVMA Ultrasound Certificate Program

The MVMA is pleased to offer an 8-session certificate program in ultrasound with Dr. Robert O'Brien. The program is designed to optimize the training diagnostic ultrasound for private practice veterinarians. It will cover abdominal, musculoskeletal, thoracic (non-echo), neck and echo ultrasound topics in both didactic (lecture) topics and hands-on training. The course will include 8 Sundays with the morning (8AM-12) composed of lecture and the afternoon (1-4PM) with hands-on training. At the end of the course each candidate will need to successfully complete (70%) both a written examination (taken at home) and a practical image-based exam (including both abdominal and echo portions. Later in the course, we will host a boarded Radiologist and a boarded Cardiologist for case discussions in their area of interest. A coffee break (AM) and lunch (noon) will be served at each session.

Dr. Robert O'Brien graduated from Fryeburg Academy and University of Maine Oreno. He obtained his DVM from The Ohio State University and his residency in radiology from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a major in the US Army and a veteran of the Gulf War.  He was on faculty at the universities of Wisconsin, Kansas State and Illinois throughout an active academic career. He has over 100 peer-reviewed published manuscripts. He is an international expert in contrast ultrasound and advanced CT imaging. He founded the International Veterinary Ultrasound Society. He was on the examination committee of the ACVR for 5 years. Dr. O'Brien is currently the Director of Imaging for Epica Innovations, and Staff Radiologist for the Animal Emergency and Specialty Clinic in Portland, ME. He is currently happy to have returned to Maine and enjoying the northern New England lifestyle running trails and climbing mountains.  

 

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Dates and Descriptions

The course will consist of eight sessions held on Sundays. Dates are listed below. Each meeting will be from 8am to 4pm. 

  • November 11, 2018: Basic Abdomen: this course is composed of lectures including “basic ultrasound principles”, “ultrasound of the liver”, “ultrasound of the spleen”, “ultrasound of the urinary tract” lectures. The afternoon sessions will include the imaging of those same topics.
  • December 16, 2018: Intermediate Abdomen: this course is composed of lectures including “Doppler ultrasound principles”, “ultrasound of the gastrointestinal tract”, “ultrasound of the pancreas”, “ultrasound of the adrenal glands”, ultrasound of the lymph nodes” lectures. The afternoon sessions will include the imaging of those same topics
  • January 27, 2019: Basic Echocardiography: this course is composed of lectures including “Echo ultrasound principles”, “right-sided short axis views of the heart ”, “ right-sided long axis views of the heart”, “ m-mode imaging of the heart” lectures. The afternoon sessions will include the imaging of those same topics.
  • February 24, 2019: Intermediate Echocardiography: this course is composed of lectures including “Doppler echo ultrasound principles”, “left-sided views of the heart ”, “echo case studies in dogs”, “echo case studies in cats" lectures. The afternoon sessions will include the imaging of those same topics.
  • March 31, 2019: Small parts: this course is composed of lectures including "ultrasound of the thyroid glands”, "ultrasound of the anal sacs”, "ultrasound of the shoulder”. The afternoon sessions will include the imaging of those same topics and reinforcing aspects of general abdomen and general echocardiography.
  • June 2, 2019: Thoracic Ultrasound: this course is composed of lectures including "ultrasound of the lungs”, "ultrasound of the pleural space”, "ultrasound of the cranial mediastinum”, "ultrasound of the ribs” and “case studies of thoracic US”.  The afternoon session will be had on training to reinforce the principles and fine tune the difficulties with general abdomen and echocardiographic imaging.
  • September 15, 2019 (guest lecturer, Dr. Gregg Rapoport, DVM, DACVIM--Cardiology): Abdomen and echo case studies. The afternoon session will be had on training to reinforce the principles and fine tune the difficulties with general abdomen and echocardiographic imaging.
  • October 6, 2019 (guest lecturer, Dr. Jodi Matheson, DVM, DACVR--Radiology): Abdomen and echo case studies. The afternoon session will be the practical examination. Each candidate will have 30 minutes to complete both a complete abdomen and echocardiography study. We will host a course completion reception at the conclusion of this session.

Location

All meetings will be held at Medomak Veterinary Services, 14 Atlantic Highway, Waldoboro.

Price and Registration

This is a 64 hour certificate course with an estimated value of $6,400. It is offered to MVMA members only for $1,195.00. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course verifying that they have received 64 continuing education hours. Registration will close on November 1, 2018. I

f you elect to pay by check rather than credit card, your check must be mailed to the MVMA by November 1st. Please mail checks to: 97A Exchange Street, Suite 305, Portland, ME 04101.

Note: The MVMA is looking for technicians who wish to participate in the lecture portion of the course in exchange for assistance during the lab portion. Assistants will be given certificates for 4 hours of each continuing education for each class that they participate in. If you have a technician in your hospital who would be interested in this opportunity, please have that person contact Katherine Soverel ([email protected] or 1-800-448-2772, ext. 1).

Sorry, this course is sold out.

 

Please email Katherine Soverel ([email protected]) with any questions or to be added to the waitlist.