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Executive Veterinary Program™
Small Animal Ultrasound

February 2013 - November 2014

This course is now at capacity. Please call 217-333-2907 or email ope@vetmed.illinois.edu to be added to the wait list

Program Goals

  • To provide the highest possible level of training in diagnostic ultrasound;
  • To serve as a network that enhances idea-sharing among veterinarians and promotes dialogue;
  • To raise the qualifications and abilities of practicing veterinarians to provide a higher level of service to their customers; and
  • To stimulate interest in current and developing career opportunities.

Program Organization
Eight interactive, two-day (Saturday and Sunday) learning modules will allow for insight and understanding to grow throughout the program. Each module offers 12 hours of continuing education credit taught by board-certified veterinarians. To optimize the learning environment, enrollment is limited to 24 participants.

Class members will be trained to the highest possible level in diagnositc ultrasound using didactic and hands-on laboratory settings. Board-certified, subject matter experts will lecture in areas of their specialty, with the opportunity for hands-on practice to reinforce lecture principles. Take-home objectives and case books will be completed between modules and regular wirtten and practical exams will ensure a continued high level of learning. Graduates will obtain high-level training in the practice of ultrasound that will be valuable in a general practice setting.

Admission Requirements
A DVM degree with ultrasound experience preferred.

Technical Requirements

  • Access to a computer with Internet connectivity;
  • A laptop or notebook computer with Microsoft Office or equivalent products;
  • An easily accessed email account; and
  • Ultrasound equipment in the practice (not to be brought to each module).

Meeting Dates
EVP: Small Animal Ultrasound will meet four times per year for two days each (Saturday and Sunday). All sessions will be held at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine campus in Urbana, Ill.

  Module Lecture Hands-On Laboratory
  1 | February 9-10, 2013 Introduction:
Physics, Knobology, Casebook Discussion, Abdominal Protocol
Basic Abdomen:
Liver, Spleen, Kidneys, Bladder
Knobology and General Abdomen
  2 | May 4-5, 2013 Cardiac:
Basic Echo, 2-D Views, M-Mode
Basic Echo
  3 | August 17-18, 2013 Advanced Abdomen:
Gastrointestinal, Pancreas, Lymph Nodes
Advanced Abdomen
  4 | November 9-10, 2013 Written and Practical Exam:
General Abdomen, Advanced Abdomen, Basic Echo
  5 | February 8-9, 2014 Cardiac:
Pathophysicology, Doppler, Physics, Echo Doppler
Intermediate Echo
  6 | May 3-4, 2014 Abdominal Doppler:
Biopsy, Small Parts
Biopsy, Small Parts
  7 | August 16-17, 2014 Non-Cardiac Thoracic Individualized Open Hands-On Laboratory
  8 | November 8-9, 2014 Final Written and Practical Exam

Case studies will be discussed at each module. Each registrant is required to complete a casebook of 20 cases, with five cases from each topic area including general abdomen, advanced abdomen/small parts, basic echocardiography, and intermediate echocardiography.

Download a PDF of the printed registration document.

EVP class members are responsible for making and paying for all personal travel arrangements. Travel and lodging information will be sent upon registration.

Tuition for the certificate program is $6400 and includes all program materials, daily lunches, and one dinner per module. A $1000 deposit is required to reserve a spot in the EVP. The balance of $5400 is payable in five installments as outlined below:

  Installment Due Date Amount
  1 Friday, January 5, 2013 $1400
    [Installment 1 is waived for registrations placed by December 16, 2012.]
  2 Saturday, February 9, 2013 $1000
  3 Saturday, August 17, 2013 $1000
  4 Saturday, February 8, 2014 $1000
  5 Saturday, August 16, 2014 $1000

Enrollment is limited to 24 participants. Hotel information will be provided upon receipt of registration.

Registration can be placed online and a copy of the printed registration form is also available for download.

For More Information
Robert T. O’Brien, DVM, MS, DACVR
Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
Urbana, IL 61802