Medical imaging doesn’t just benefit humans, as some University of Findlay students will learn. “Introduction to Animal Ultrasound” will be available for pre-veterinary medicine and animal science students beginning in Spring 2019. The course will teach hands-on equipment basics, along with the physics governing ultrasound imaging. Image orientation and scan planes will also be incorporated.
Students will use sonography equipment to evaluate small and large animals. Some of the practical applications will include reproductive assistance, documenting pathology, guiding biopsies, and fertility and musculoskeletal evaluations.
UF is one of the only programs in the country to offer an animal ultrasound course at the undergraduate level, which gives participating pre-veterinary students a significant advantage over many other students seeking admission to veterinary school. Currently, there are only a small number of privately-owned week-long small animal ultrasound courses available at institutions throughout the nation, according to Susan Perry, M.Ed., UF Sonography Program director and instructor.
The course is made possible through the vision of Brandon Forshey, D.V.M., assistant professor of Animal Science and director of the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program, in collaboration with Perry and other Sonography Program instructors. A donated piece of sonography equipment to the Animal Science program from Bluffton Hospital also helped make the course a reality.
For more information about the course, contact Dr. Forshey at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to register for Spring 2019 UF courses is Jan. 11.