Canine Abdominal Ultrasound | Centre for Veterinary Education

Canine Abdominal Ultrasound

Ultrasound is an interactive and extremely useful diagnostic imaging modality in clinical practice.

It is highly operator dependent, so some experience and knowledge is the key to driving the ultrasound probe with more confidence and being able to interpret the findings. This course is designed to give you the essential knowledge on how to optimize image quality, how to find abdominal structures such as the pancreas and adrenal gland, and how to approach some common challenges faced in clinical practice such as free abdominal fluid, nodular disease and ileus. A case based approach will be used to explore the common diseases associated with these problems and how to diagnose them. 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Better understand the essential operator settings that help to optimise image quality (How to improve a blurry or dark image? What is the cause of artefacts and when can they be useful?)

  • Develop an approach to scanning abdominal structures

  • Develop a problem orientated approach to scanning the abdomen and solve common problems faced in clinical practice (e.g. Free fluid? Mass?)

  • Be able to recognise the common diseases associated with these problems and learn how to diagnose them 


  1. Optimising image quality in ultrasound

  2. Approach to scanning the abdomen

  3. Ultrasonographic features of normal organs and common diseases.

  4. Common problems and approach to diagnosis

Course Delivery

This course includes:

  • Written notes, photographs, videos and case studies

  • Self-assessed multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutors

  • An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the course

The estimated time to complete this course is 10 hours and it will be open for 4 weeks.

Please email us to express your interest in this course


Monday 23 July - Sunday 19 August 2018
Delivered Online


BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS GradDipVetClinStud

Jennifer Chau graduated from vet school at the University of Sydney in 2007. She spent 3 years in private practice and developed an interest in ultrasound. Jennifer went on to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Studies during her internship at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney. This led to a 3-year Masters degree and residency program in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. Jennifer obtained Fellowship to the Veterinary Radiology Chapter of the ANZCVS in 2017. Her current PhD topic is on hepatobiliary imaging using contrast enhanced computed tomography. Jennifer enjoys working in a veterinary teaching hospital and helping undergraduate veterinary students to achieve their learning goals. She also appreciates the opportunity to be amongst other experts in the field to engage in a multi-disciplinary approach to veterinary science.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$289
Student Member$145
Non-member / eMember$578
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

Repeat CPD Participant Discount*

If you have:

  • Completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on future DE courses.
  • Participated in a CVE DE, TimeOnline or face-to-face CPD in the past 12 months you are eligible for a 10% discount for further registrations (excluding DE, workshops, the Practical Ultrasound -Intensive Short Course and the Recent Graduate Survival Seminar).

*Discounts are not cumulative. For further information about discount options for multiple registrations at the one event, please read the full Terms & Conditions.

To redeem your discount contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm) or