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Practical Small Animal Ultrasound: AFAST Scanning Techniques

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Ultrasonography educator Dr. Camilla Edwards, DVM, CertAVP, MRCVS is back to teach us AFAST® ultrasound scanning techniques that save lives in canine and feline emergencies.

You'll discover how easy and affordable it is to add wireless ultrasound to your animal hospital or veterinary clinic. Dr Edwards teaches how to:

  • Abdominal FAST exam best practices with live canine scanning
  • Four exam positions to systematically approach the trauma patient
  • How to recognize free fluid and avoid common pitfalls
  • Understanding the fluid scoring system and how it can help your patient

Ultrasound gives you a window into your emergency patient at the point-of-care for a confident diagnosis. Without having to move your distressed patient, you can use the AFAST findings to direct the right course of treatment and immediately start stabilizing your patient.

Back by popular demand, ultrasonography educator, Dr. Camilla Edwards teaches best practices for abdominal focused assessment for trauma, triage and tracking in small and medium animals. You'll learn proven techniques to rapidly identify the presence of fluid within the peritoneal and pericardial spaces using the latest advancements in wireless handheld ultrasound.

Physical examinations can only answer so many clinical questions, hence to the growing popularity of focused ultrasound exams in emergency settings. In this very practical session, Dr. Edward provides step-by-step instructions for a successful AFAST exam with the aid of Pippi, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

Dr. Edwards shares high-definition ultrasound imaging – comparing healthy to abnormal anatomy – to help you hone your interpretation skills and more quickly and accurately diagnose pathologies. You'll learn to identify free fluid, to assess its significance in your patient and to find out whether the fluid is pleural, pericardial, retroperitoneal or abdominal. You'll also learn about recent advances in AFAST scanning such as techniques used to screen for canine anaphylaxis.

What’s more, Dr. Edwards discusses how to, as quickly as possible, evaluate the severity of the pathology to aid in triaging your patients. You'll learn how to use high-definition ultrasound to immediately answer questions like: how is the condition progressing? Is the intra-abdominal bleeding worsening? Is the treatment that you're giving helping? She shows you how to get the answers in the images to improve diagnostic confidence and to bring reassurance the owners of your emergency patients.

Dr. Edwards offers practical tips and techniques to expand your ultrasound proficiency. Watch her educational webinar recording today!

AFAST® is service marked and proprietary to FASTVet.com for educational purposes to uphold excellence in teaching standards.  Clarius has been granted one time use of this term for the webinar.  FASTVet.com is owned by Drs. Greg Lisciandro, DVM, DABVP, DACVECC and Stephanie Lisciandro, DACVIM (SAIM) and an education website with annual membership and RACE-approved Courses in AFAST®, TFAST®, Vet BLUE® and Global FAST®.  Dr. Greg Lisciandro is the creator of these standardized AFAST®, TFAST®, Vet BLUE® and Global FAST® ultrasound examinations.

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Peripatetic Veterinary Ultrasonographer | Educator | First Opinion Veterinary Ultrasound

Dr. Camilla Edwards, DVM, CertAVP, MRCVS

Dr. Camilla Edwards, DVM, CertAVP, MRCVS, is passionate about first opinion level small animal veterinary ultrasound. She travels with her dog Pippi (a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever) within 50 miles of Cambridge as a peripatetic veterinary ultrasonographer, Camilla teaches ultrasound with IMV-imaging, Celtic SMR and her own courses and has built a thriving Facebook community for First Opinion Small Animal Vets. Through her website, www.fovu.co.uk, she reviews all things to do with ultrasound for general practice small animal vets by a small animal vet! Camilla qualified as a vet in 2006 and has worked all over East Anglia. Camilla is experienced in emergency and critical care, having gained her CertAVP in 2018.

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Emergency Physician

Oron Frenkel, MD, MS

Dr. Oron Frenkel completed his MS and MD simultaneously at the University of California Joint Medical Program in Berkeley and San Francisco, completing his residency in Emergency Medicine followed by a fellowship in Point-of-Care Ultrasound at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, California. He moved to British Columbia with the goal of increasing use of point-of-care ultrasound across the province, especially among rural practitioners. An avid educator, Dr. Frenkel is constantly evaluating the best teaching methods for disseminating this technology, how to measure competency in its practice, and its effects on outcomes for individual patients. Dr. Frenkel serves as Chairman of the Clarius Medical Advisory Board.