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Veterinary POCUS: Assessing Acute Abdominal Conditions Using the Rapid 5-Point Abdominal POCUS Exam

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Join Drs. Soren Boysen and Serge Chalhoub as they teach point-of-care ultrasound essentials for performing the 5-point abdominal point-of-care ultrasound (Abdominal POCUS) exam in under 5 minutes!

In this 1-hour dynamic webinar, you’ll learn proven wireless abdominal ultrasound exam techniques to answer several key questions in small animals presenting with acute abdominal conditions. Drs. Boysen and Chalhoub will:

  • Define FAST and POCUS and discuss applications of the 5-point abdominal POCUS exam
  • List the key structures and binary questions to ask and answer at each of the 5 sites
  • Using a case example, demonstrate how to rapidly apply the 5-point abdominal POCUS exam using a wireless ultrasound unit

Join the renowned Dr. Soren Boysen, DVM, DACVECC and Dr. Serge Chalhoub, BSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) as they teach rapid point-of-care ultrasound techniques to diagnose acute abdominal conditions in under 5 minutes at the cage side.

Ever wonder if the cat that ate lilies is producing urine when it’s not possible to pass a urinary catheter? Ever wonder if the dog with an acute abdomen has free abdominal fluid or even free air in the abdomen? Or, if the post-operative patient that is not eating has ileus?

Using a binary approach makes learning and applying abdominal point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) easy! By asking clinically relevant, often binary response (yes/no) questions, veterinary POCUS can be rapidly and efficiently learned and applied by anyone in almost any setting.

This banter-filled and dynamic lecture, lead by internist Dr. Boysen and criticalist Dr. Chalhoub, will define the 5-point abdominal point-of-care ultrasound (Abdominal POCUS) exam, discuss its evolution from the FAST exam, and summarize some of the clinically driven abdominal POCUS questions you want to ask and answer in under 5 minutes to rapidly diagnose and treat your furry patients.

“When something is visualized, the truth of its occurrence or existence can no longer be doubted – Seeing is Believing.” This proverb has particular meaning when it comes point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). Recent surveys suggest 50-80% of veterinary clinics in North America have an ultrasound machine. Despite POCUS revolutionizing veterinary practice, many ultrasound machines are underutilized in general small animal medicine. This should not be the case!

With a combined total of more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of veterinary ultrasound, Drs. Boysen and Chalhoub are big proponents of using veterinary POCUS for quickly assessing small animals. They will be joined by your host and emergency physician Dr. Oron Frenkel who will showcase live canine scanning with the new Clarius C7 HD3 Vet! Don’t miss this dynamic and educational webinar – register today to brush up on your practical point-of-care ultrasound skills!

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) Interventional Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management

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.

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