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Veterinary POCUS: Differentiating Primary Cardiac from Pulmonary and Pleural Space Diseases

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Drs. Soren Boysen and Serge Chalhoub teach point-of-care ultrasound essentials for assessing patients in respiratory distress, with a focus on feline congestive heart failure.

In this 1-hour dynamic webinar, you'll learn how easy it is to use wireless ultrasound for high-definition lung and cardiac imaging. Drs. Boysen and Chalhoub show how to: 

  • Rapidly scan the lung and pleural space for pathology of cardiac origin
  • Assess the heart to determine if furosemide is indicated to explain respiratory distress
  • Tailor furosemide dosage based on serial POCUS cardiac and lung findings
  • Interpret “dry lung” findings in patients presenting with respiratory distress

Join the renowned Dr. Soren Boysen, DVM, DACVECC and Dr. Serge Chalhoub, BSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) as they teach how to confidently treat a feline in respiratory distress without moving the patient. You'll learn rapid point-of-care ultrasound techniques to diagnose pulmonary and cardiac pathology in under 5 minutes at the cage side.

A cat presents with an acute onset of marked respiratory distress and is open mouth breathing. On auscultation, breath sounds are dull ventrally and harsh dorsally, with audible crackles present. The cat is administered an anxiolytic and placed on oxygen. The patient is too unstable to transport from the resuscitation area to obtain radiographs. What to do? 

Should we give a dose of furosemide in the event it’s heart failure? What if it’s feline asthma – should we give an IV or IM dose of short acting steroids? What about Terbutaline? Maybe a shotgun approach of Terbutadexalasix to cover all the bases?!?! What if we guess wrong, can we make the patient worse?

Stop stressing, stop guessing, and start looking! With point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) pleural and/or lung pathology can be identified in seconds. If either or both are identified, the heart can rapidly be assessed in under 5 minutes to determine if furosemide is indicated.

This dynamic session looks at how clinically driven POCUS questions can be answered to help determine if a patient presenting with respiratory distress has primary cardiac, pulmonary or pleural space disease, with an emphasis on diagnosing congestive heart failure.

With a combined total of more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of veterinary lung ultrasound, Drs. Boysen and Chalhoub are big proponents of using veterinary POCUS for quickly assessing small animals. Don't miss this dynamic and educational webinar - watch it today! 

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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.

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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.

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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.