FAST Ultrasound & Emergency Echo

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November 18th 2023

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Brisbane Airport Conference Centre

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CPD value: NSW 12
All others 7

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Rapid diagnostic imaging is not just for emergency vets. If you see trauma, perform surgery or deal with internal medicine cases, you can use focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) techniques to grow as a clinician.

These ultrasound scanning skills will change the way you think about diagnostic imaging and allow you to make faster clinical decisions.

All general practice, emergency and clinical veterinarians are invited to attend this workshop. No ultrasound experience is necessary.

Clinical ultrasound skills for veterinary practice

Participants in this workshop will learn practical methods to quickly obtain and use diagnostic ultrasound images of the chest and abdomen. Three experienced and practicing emergency veterinarians will share their approaches to

The FAST abdominal scan
// Rapid screening test for unstable patients & abdominal trauma case
// Investigate free gas or free fluid
// Uncover bladder rupture, bile peritonitis, or septic peritonitis

The FAST thoracic scan
// Rapid screening test for unstable patients, thoracic trauma & respiratory distress
// Less restraint compared with radiographs & requires no sedation
// Uncover pleural fluid, pericardial effusion, & pneumothorax

Echocardiogram (echo) basics
// Perform a cardiac FAST scan
// Assessment of the left atrial to aortic ratio (LA:Ao)
// Subjective assessment of cardiac contractility and volume status

Ultrasound-guided sample collection using models
// Thoracocentesis
// Abdominocentesis

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  • Learn while you scan

  • Notes & meals included

  • Specialist educators

  • High quality ultrasound machines

  • With option to purchase

  • Friendly & social

This workshop will change the way you do things

FAST scans are prompt, life-saving ultrasound scans which rarely require the patient to be shaved or sedated. These are adaptable skills which can be performed on standing patients, or those in lateral or sternal recumbency. Compared to the ‘quick conscious chest xray’, you’ll immediately see why ultrasound can be less traumatic yet yield faster answers for a patient in respiratory distress.

After this workshop, reaching for the probe will seem as natural as reaching for your stethoscope. Walk away from this one-day workshop with new skills that you’ll rely on for a range of critically ill and stable patients under your care.

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Your practical skills take priority

A VetPrac workshop will always put hands-on skills first. Participants at our ultrasound skills workshop will receive practical resources, take-home notes and follow-up support.

At this workshop, you will have plenty of time to practice the full range of diagnostic imaging techniques described in tutorials. Over half the workshop is spent in practical sessions with canine volunteer patients under strict ethics approval.

You will learn to scan in real time, under the leadership of experienced emergency veterinarians.

Triage & decision making
// Investigate free fluid in the abdomen or thorax
// Identify increased fluid in the interstitial and/or alveolar spaces
// Investigate pneumothorax, pleural effusion & pericardial effusion
// Learn the pitfalls, artefacts & distractors encountered during FAST scans
// Determine the next clinical steps

Managing clinical cases
// Fast answers
// Establish rule-ins & rule-outs
// Determine your next diagnostic or treatment steps

Workshop Schedule

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A one-day workshop & a $1700 CPD investment in your diagnostic imaging skills & career progression


Use ultrasound as an extension of your clinical examination with dyspnoeic, trauma & post-surgical patients


Incorporate these inexpensive & diagnostically-valuable procedures into your everyday practice

Your Educators

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Dr Adam Whitelock

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Qualifications: BVSc(Hons) GC-SAUA MANZCVS (ECC)

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Adam graduated as a veterinarian from The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2019 and undertook a rotating internship at UQ while he also worked in emergency practices throughout Brisbane. Throughout his internship he developed a keen interest in critical care, anaesthesia and ultrasound, completing a post-graduate certificate in small animal abdominal ultrasound during this time.

In 2022 Adam began a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at UQ. During his residency, Adam also took on a Master's in Science (anaesthesia and analgesia) and a Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science developing research interests in vascular ultrasound and equine analgesia.

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Dr Sarah Purcell

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Qualifications: BVSc (hons) MANZCVSc MVECC DACVECC

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Specialisation: Emergency & Critical Care

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Realising her passion for emergency and critical care, in 2012 Sarah moved to Perth to complete a residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at Murdoch University. During this time she obtained membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery, and Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care. Sarah became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2015, and completed a Masters of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2016.

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Dr Richard Page

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Qualifications: MRCVS VetMB MA Cantab

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Richard completed his veterinary training at Cambridge University in the UK. After practicing locally and then in Bermuda, he spent time working up and down the east coast of Australia to gain emergency and general practice experience. In 2017, he settled in Cairns and founded the only emergency veterinary service in the Cairns region, Emergency Vets 24/7. Richard has a firm focus on practical veterinary medicine. He enjoys rapid assessment techniques such as AFAST and TFAST because they can be used immediately to improve patent comfort and prognosis.

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Your Questions Answered

Are group discounts available?

Absolutely! Work together, learn together, we say. If 3 or more participants register from the same clinic under the same booking, you’ll receive a 5% discount at checkout when you book on our website.

Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

Of course! Each participant will receive a CPD certificate via email. We do this after you’ve provided feedback and the workshop is complete.

What kind of learning materials are included?

Generally, you can choose printed course notes, a digital copy on USB, or both. Everyone gets a printed copy of the procedure guide.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?
  • Transferring or changing registration from one workshop to another will incur a $50 administration fee.
  • Cancellations made up to 45 days prior to the commencement date of the Training Course will incur an administrative fee of 50% of the Fee.
  •  Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to the commencement date of the Training Course are not refundable.

Can I pay in instalments, or do you offer payment plans?

Yes! At VetPrac we are pleased to offer payment plans for our online courses and workshops. We want to make it manageable for you to invest in your professional development.

For more information regarding our payment plans, please do not hesitate to contact Ros at [email protected].

What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, we will refund your course fees in full. However, VetPrac will not be responsible for any travel, accommodation or any other expenses incurred by you.

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