This webinar covers everything a veterinary nurse needs to progress their ultrasound skills from start to finish. From preparation of a patient to knowing what to look for, this webinar will certainly give nurses a boost when carrying out this task in practice. This valuable tool is often underutilised in practice and is an area of diagnostic imaging where nurses can excel and develop their skills. 

This webinar is sponsored by ManyPets and delivered by Jack Pye, an RVN who qualified in 2018. He specialises in ultrasound and is currently an ambassador for IMV Imaging and a consultant lecturer in veterinary nursing. Alongside this, he also offers in-house ultrasound training for veterinary professionals.

Learning Objectives are: 

– Know how to prepare a patient for ultrasound scans 

– Know how to operate the ultrasound machine and probe 

– Know how to carry out a POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound Scan) of the abdomen and thorax 

– Recognise basic structures commonly seen on ultrasound scans 

– Be able to identify what appears normal and abnormal 

The webinar starts with Jack explaining different types of ultrasound machines, continuing with the purpose of the buttons found on the machines and how to use them all. Jack continues with which probe we should choose, what each one is for and when we should use them. 

Jack gives a list of how vet nurses can use ultrasound, such as obtaining a diagnostic image that helps the vet, carrying out point of care ultrasounds and giving observations. Limitations on what veterinary nurses can do is also discussed. 

Some occasions where vet nurses should use ultrasound are to monitor a patient post-operatively, to check gastric motility and for serial scanning, among others mentioned and explained during the webinar.  

Jack explains how to prepare the patient for an ultrasound, along with giving some tips with pictures, and shows what he does in certain scenarios. There is a checklist, which can be used to mark what we observe in the ultrasound. 

In an abdominal ultrasound, the most important thing is to be familiar with what ‘normal’ looks like. For example, the position and typical conidiation of organs, such as the liver, kidneys, bladder, and spleen, not in pathology. You must also be familiar with the echogenicity, and knowing the basic fluid filled organ’s structure, which is all explained in the webinar. 

Jack gives examples and videos of all the organs found on an abdominal ultrasound and explains each of them, their position, echogenicity, vasculature, where to put the probe and mentions any common abnormalities. He then presents cases, from different patients. 

Thoracic ultrasound is also discussed, what to be expected, the position of the patient, what is normal and abnormal and some of Jack’s top tips.