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– Sep. 10-12 2023 –

Intermediate Abdominal Ultrasound

Browse 2024 Hands-on CE


  • Date: Sep. 10-12, 2023
  • Venue: Viticus Group, Oquendo Center | Las Vegas, NV
  • Category: Ultrasound
  • Enrollment Capacity: 42
  • CE Hours: 24
  • Cost:
    • Veterinarians: $2,775
    • Veterinary Technicians: $2,775
  • Instructors:
    • Elizabeth Huynh, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVR
    • Reynsen Shigemoto, DVM, MS, DACVR
    • Elodie Emmanuelle Huget, DVM
    • Jack Hamersky, DVM, MS, DACVR
    • Nate Nelson, DVM, DACVR
    • Jay Griffin, DVM, DACVR


This course is designed to be the continuation of the basic course. Where the basic course focuses on the ultrasound machine and normal anatomy, the intermediate course will focus on the common abnormal pathology seen in the abdomen. An overview lecture covering the ultrasound machine and a normal ultrasound examination will be covered as a review, but the pathology of the liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands, pancreas, urinary bladder and gastrointestinal tract are the main focus of this course.

In this 3-day course 12 hours are spent in the laboratory practicing a complete examination on dogs and cats as well as working on any difficulties you have on your image acquisition. Care will be spent teaching image optimization and image acquisition under expert guidance making sure you optimize your hands-on experience. When you are finished this course, you will understand the advantages and limitations of ultrasound as well as optimizing your examination to ensure that you have the best chance to find the pathology that is present within the abdomen when you return to your clinic.

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Elizabeth Huynh, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVR

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Reynsen Shigemoto, DVM, MS, DACVR

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Elodie Emmanuelle Huget, DVM

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Nate Nelson, DVM, DACVR 


Jay Griffin, DVM, DACVR 

Learning Objectives - Intermediate abdominal ultrasound

  • The participant will understand how to perform a complete systematic ultrasound examination of the abdomen.
  • The participant will see the general pathologic changes identified on ultrasound in each organ and learn the limitations and benefits that ultrasound provides to help identify abnormalities.
  • The participant will have additional practice finding the adrenal glands and pancreas in dogs and cats.
  • The participant will learn and develop a complete approach for evaluating the normal gastrointestinal tract.
  • Case examples will be used to illustrate the appearance of common diseases of the liver and spleen, gastrointestinal tract, urogenital tract, and the pancreas and adrenal glands.
  • Expected differences between normal dog and cat ultrasound anatomy and pathology will be reviewed.

Viticus Group’s official lodging partner is Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley. Special lodging discounts are available to participants attending courses at the Viticus Center. Please make these arrangements once you have purchased your course by calling 702.434.4700 and be sure to mention that you are attending a course at the Viticus Center.  To make a reservation online with our discounted rate, please click here. 

Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley
2800 North Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89014
Toll-free: 702.434.4700

Courtyard Lodging + Travel Includes: 

  • Airport Pick up: Available on request, 7 days a week starting at 6:00a and ending at 10:00p
  • Guests will need to call the hotel upon arrival (702.434.4700) after they pick up their luggage. At that time, we will inform them of the area they will be picked up and we will send the shuttle driver.
  • Airport drop-off: All drop-offs are every two hours, starting at 6:00a and ending at 10:00p. Please sign up at the front desk at least 1 hour prior to departing.
  • Please sign up at the front desk at least 1 hour prior.

Viticus Group Transportation Includes: 

  • Shuttle pick-up at the Courtyard 45 minutes prior to the start of your course start time and a short ride to the Viticus Center. View Map.
  • At the close of each day, our shuttle will take you back to the Hotel.
  • Last Day Transportation: Shuttle provided both to the airport, and back to the Hotel. (Luggage storage available on campus)
  • If you are a Las Vegas local, or are driving yourself to the course, please arrive to the Oquendo Campus 30 minutes before the start time.


** Please refer to the agenda and email updates for transportation times.**


Public transportation in Las Vegas is limited. If you are staying somewhere other than our preferred partner, you will need to arrange for your transportation to and from the Viticus Center. If you are renting a car, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and several other hotels on the strip may charge for parking. Other transportation options for getting around are taxi service, Uber and Lyft.


  1. Scrubs are available upon your arrival if needed.
  2. Closed-toe shoes are required during labs.
  3. A light sweater for indoor areas.
  4. Plenty of sunscreen.
  5. Electronic charging device to power up.
  6. Valid ID - We highly recommend you carry your ID at all times in Las Vegas.


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