Companion Animal Point of Care Ultrasound Workshop
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This one-day workshop is designed to increase your knowledge and skills in point-of-care ultrasound techniques, through a series of case-based interactive lectures and practical hands-on training. Presented by internationally recognised veterinary specialists Søren Boysen and Serge Chalhoub from the University of Calgary, Canada and supported by highly-skilled tutors.

When: 23 May 2020
Where: Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
University Avenue
Massey University
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui  4474
New Zealand
Contact: Ivayla Yozova

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About the course:

Ever struggle with trying to diagnose the cause of dyspnea in a cat that is too unstable to take radiographs (asthma vs. pleural effusion vs. heart disease)?

Ever debate if you can safely give a patient IV fluids or when you should stop giving IV fluid boluses? Or why a patient presents for “ain’t doing right”?

Veterinary point of care ultrasound (VPOCUS) can help you manage these patients! VPOCUS techniques are rapid, easy-to-learn and practical ultrasound skills that ANY practitioner can apply in everyday practice. You will learn techniques that will help you with your diagnostic and treatment decisions on a daily basis, going far beyond the emergency room.

The course will take place at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Check-in will take place at the Vet Foyer at 8 am. The morning session will de dedicated to interactive lectures, delivered by our guest speakers Drs. Boysen and Chalhoub, discussing principles of POCUS, areas of application, practical tips and tricks among other related topics. Ivayla has reserved herself a little spot for discussing the particularity of cats. Morning tea will be provided. After the lunch break (lunch provided), a 150 min hands-on practical workshop will take place in the wet lab (please bring scrubs), including live animals, pathologies and phantom models. Afternoon tea will also be provided. After a short debrief, the workshop will wrap up around 4:30 pm.

Please note that profits from this workshop will contribute to purchasing ultrasound machines for teaching Massey veterinary students.

For registrations, please contact Ivayla Yozova:

Learning outcomes:

  • Perform a basic thoracic, abdominal and cardiac POCUS
  • Recognize normal from abnormal ultrasonographic findings
  • Train ultrasound-guided IV access
  • Improve ultrasound-based clinical decision making


Professor Søren Boysen, DVM, DACVECC

Considered the godfather of VPOCUS by many, Søren, along with his colleagues from Tufts, changed the practice of veterinary medicine when they developed and introduced the veterinary profession to FAST exams. With the help of colleagues from the University of Calgary he has adapted VPOCUS for use in non-trauma patients and continues to develop ultrasound training techniques and workshops for non-specialist practitioners with colleagues from around the world. He is a co-founder of the newly established Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound Society and is involved in numerous international collaborative VPOCUS clinical research projects. Extensively published and a recipient of numerous teaching and research excellence awards, Søren has become a highly accomplished and internationally recognized speaker.

Senior Instructor Serge Chalhoub, DVM, DACVIM

Serge is a strong believer and advocate of VPOCUS, having been converted from the dark side of “only scanning the abdomens of internal medicine cases” it is now impossible to pry him away from 5-minute scans of the lungs and cardiovascular system of any patient! Serge has collaborated on several clinical research projects and co-authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters on veterinary point of care ultrasound. He continues to actively deliver VPOCUS training workshops across the globe and is co-editing VPOCUS textbooks. In addition to VPOCUS his main areas of interest include education and care for disadvantaged pet owners (UCVM-CUPS Pet Health Clinic and AARCS programs) and all things renal. He is also an award-winning teacher.

Dr. Tandeka Ngwenyama, DVM, DACVECC

Tandi is a clinician educator at Oregon State University, who is passionate about POCUS. She recognises the need in veterinary medicine for novice ultrasound users to be not only competent in image acquisition and interpretation but also able assimilate the findings appropriately in the clinical management of patients, which she is teaching in clinics. Tandi is visiting Massey for a short locum at MUPEC.

Dr. Ivayla Yozova, MVM,, AFHEA, Dipl.ACVECC, Dipl.ECVECC

Ivayla is only a recent convert of the veterinary VPOCUS society, trying to make due by introducing the technique to the broad veterinary public in New Zealand, incorporating it in the Massey veterinary student curriculum, contributing to related research (especially in cats) and training in-house officers on a mass scale.

Dr. Janelle Wierenga, DVM, DACVECC

Janelle was the first to introduce VPOCUS to teaching at Massey as part of the daily tutorials for BVSc5 students rotating through the clinic. Her dedication goes above and beyond, including bringing her own dogs for demonstrations. She has delivered several lectures and participated in POCUS workshops in New Zealand and continues to support the technique even during research leave.

Dr. Tove Hultman, DVM, ECVECC resident

Tove is an alternating ECC resident, splitting her time between the largest small animal hospital in Sweden (Evidensia, Stockholm) and Massey University for three years of endless summer. She is an extreme VPOCUS enthusiast to the point of willing to replace her right hand with an ultrasound probe. Her residency research resolves around VPOCUS in cats and she is a boundlessly energetic, inspiring teacher.

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CPD points:

An attendance certificate will for 7.5 hours of CPD will be issued for each participant.


780 NZD (incl.GST)


For registrations, please contact Ivayla Yozova: