Veterinary POCUS and Septic Peritonitis: Ultrasound Findings in the Septic Abdomen

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Join Drs. Soren Boysen and Serge Chalhoub as they teach point-of-care ultrasound protocols and techniques that put septic peritonitis high on the list of differential diagnoses.

Discover the critical role veterinary ultrasound plays in the diagnosis and management of septic peritonitis in this upcoming dynamic and informative 1-hour webinar. Drs. Boysen and Chalhoub will:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of septic peritonitis in dogs and cats
  • Demonstrate how to scan the abdomen for free fluid and air
  • Show how to image the gallbladder when looking for wall edema
  • Perform ultrasound of the caudal vena cava to assess hemodynamic status
  • Showcase pathological examples of the septic abdomen and treatment
  • Demonstrate ultrasound-guided abdominocentesis for cytology

We’re excited to welcome the dynamic duo of Drs. Soren Boysen and Serge Chalhoub, leading experts in the field of veterinary POCUS, for another dynamic lecture on a very serious topic – the septic abdomen.

Septic peritonitis (SP) is a severe, life-threatening condition in dogs and cats. Recognizing the signs and symptoms is paramount as the diagnosis requires early intervention for the best outcomes. Abdominal ultrasonography has proven “more accurate than radiography to detect the presence of free abdominal fluid.”1 This webinar will delve into the realm of veterinary POCUS, focusing on its ability to provide vital sonographic clues for early detection.

Through an informative presentation and video demonstrations our expert speakers will guide you through the essential aspects of SP diagnosis, including the key clinical indicators, pathophysiology, and the crucial role of ultrasound in early detection.

You’ll gain valuable insights into how veterinary professionals can use wireless ultrasound to assess abdominal changes, identify even trace amounts of free fluid or air, and recognize the peritoneal signs that warrant immediate intervention.

Drs Boysen and Chalhoub will be joined by your host and emergency physician Dr. Oron Frenkel and sonographer Shelley Guenther who will showcase live scanning with the Clarius C7 Vet HD3 wireless scanner! Don’t miss this educational webinar – register today to take your abdominal ultrasound scanning skills to the next level.

Dr. Soren Boysen, DVM, DACVECC Professor, Veterinary Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences, University of Calgary

Professor, Veterinary Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences, University of Calgary

Dr. Soren Boysen, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Boysen graduated from the Western College of Veterinary medicine (WCVM), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1996, worked in private practice for a year and then completed an internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. He spent a year as an emergency clinician in Chicago before completing a residency in small animal emergency/critical care at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical care in 2003 and worked at the University of Montreal veterinary teaching hospital from October 2003 to December 2008. Dr. Soren Boysen joined UCVM in January 2009. He is a Professor in small animal emergency and critical care in the Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. His clinical home is predominantly based out of Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre, although he also contributes to student teaching and case consultation at the CARE Centre. He is actively involved in both the American and European veterinary emergency and critical care societies, as well as the Veterinary trauma initiative, serving on several committees for these organizations. He is an internationally recognized lecturer, speaking at numerous international conferences around the world. Although he is happy to speak on any small animal emergency and critical care topic his true passion lies within emergency point of care ultrasound, perfusions, hemorrhage and shock.

Dr. Serge Chalhoub, BSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) Senior Instructor, Veterinary Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences, University of Calgary

Senior Instructor, Veterinary Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences, University of Calgary

Dr. Serge Chalhoub, BSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Chalhoub completed a Bsc. In Honours Biology at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, QC. He was then admitted to the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal and completed his DVM and internship at this university. Dr. Chalhoub then practiced in Montreal as an emergency doctor for two years at the DMV Centre before moving to New York City to pursue a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center. Once completed, he became their first ever nephrology/urology fellow and was trained in advanced urinary procedures, dialysis, and interventional medicine. After serving as a staff doctor and supervising students, interns, and residents for a year, he moved to Charleston, SC where he continued to be an internal medicine clinician. Since July 2012, Dr. Chalhoub has been an instructor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Service. His clinical home is C.A.R.E. Centre Animal hospital where he practices internal medicine. He was the recipient of the 2013 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Teacher of the Year Award and the 2015 University of Calgary Team Teacher of the Year Award along with Dr. Soren Boysen. He is the co-coordinator of the UCVM-CUPS Pet Health Clinics for disadvantaged Calgarians, which promotes 3rd year DVM students practicing their professional skills and wellness exams with the pets of the tenants of the Calgary Urban Project Society. Dr. Chalhoub is also the Chair, of the UCVM-DVTH Internship Program. Dr. Chalhoub teaches Internal Medicine and is extensively involved in communication and professional skills at the UCVM.

Oron Frenkel, M.D., M.S. Emergency Physician

Emergency Physician

Oron Frenkel, M.D., M.S.

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.

Shelley Guenther, CRGS, CRCS Medical Sonographer

Medical Sonographer

Shelley Guenther, CRGS, CRCS

Shelley Guenther worked as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist for 2 years before entering into the ultrasound program at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. After graduating with specialties in general ultrasound as well as echocardiography, she worked as a clinical expert in the commercial world of ultrasound for over 25 years. As Clinical Manager at Clarius, Shelley Guenther is dedicated to providing the highest quality educational content for clinicians looking to add wireless ultrasound to their practice, including practical webinars and Clarius Classroom video tutorials.