Ultrasound Workshop | LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

Ultrasound Workshop 

As a precautionary measure, LSU is mandating that all on-campus events and LSU-sponsored off-campus events are canceled effective immediately. All LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Continuing Education events are canceled until May 30, 2020.

We offer a diagnostic imaging workshop yearly. Whether you are a beginning sonographer, an advanced user or simply deciding if ultrasound is right for your practice, we offer instruction designed to meet your goals.


Course Descriptions

Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasound

Overview of scanning techniques including Doppler and color flow imaging and commonly encountered abdominal abnormalities. Acquire experience in performing studies with patients in lateral and dorsal recumbency.

Basic overview of abdominal ultrasound including:

  • physics
  • scan techniques
  • color doppler
  • normal abdominal sonographic anatomy in the dog
  • abnormal finds commonly seen with each organ

Emphasis will be on the normal anatomy of the abdomen and unique appearances of the abdominal organs. Anatomical landmarks that can be used to find small abdominal organs such as the pancreas and adrenal glands will be shown. Emphasis will also be placed on the use of normal abdominal landmarks to aid in identifying normal structures and their expected anatomic location.


Registration Information

Tuition for ultrasound instruction: $1,400.

Register for Workshop


Why It Works

  • Beginner and advanced techniques in the same course
  • Lecture with hands-on wet lab
  • Learn image capture techniques
  • Image interpretation—theory and practice
  • Tissue sampling techniques emphasized in lab
  • Experienced sonographer at each lab station

Better Than the Rest—See the Difference

15.5 CE hours
Weekend courses—no weekdays out of your practice


The three closest hotels to the LSU SVM are

  • Staybridge Suites, 4001 Nicholson Dr., 225-456-5430
  • The Cook Hotel & Conference Center, 3848 W. Lakeshore Dr., 225-383-2665
  • Courtyard by Marriott, 2421 S. Acadian Thruway, 225-924-6400

All Courses Include

  • Hands-On Labs
  • Knobology
  • Syllabus
  • Lecture handouts
  • Continental Breakfast, Buffet Lunch and Snack Breaks

Lecturers and Lab Instructors

Lorrie Gaschen, PhD, DVM, Dr.Med.Vet., DECVDI
Associate Dean for Diversity and Faculty Affairs
Professor and Section Chief, Diagnostic Imaging
Blanche Donaldson Professor
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University
DVM: University of Florida
Residency: University of Bern, Switzerland

L. Abbigail Granger, DVM, DACVR
Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Imaging
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University
DVM: University of Tennessee
Internship: Mississippi State University
Residency: Kansas State University

Nathalie Rademacher, Dr.med.vet., DECVDI, DACVR
Associate Professor, Diagnostic Imaging
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University
Dr. Med. Vet.: Justus-Liebig-University; Giessen, Germany
Internship: Private Referral Center; Tenniken, Switzerland
Residency: Vetsuisse University; Zuerich, Switzerland



Day 1: Abdominal Program

  • 8 am – 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30am – 10 am Lecture: Basic US Physics & Patient Preparation
  • 10 am – 10:15 am Break
  • 10:15 am – 12 pm Lecture: Performing the Exam, Normal Anatomy
  • 12 pm- 1 pm Lunch (provided)
  • 1 pm – 3 pm Lab: Abdominal Ultrasound-ID Major Organs
  • 3 pm – 3:20 pm Break
  • 3:20 pm – 5 pm Lab: Abdominal Ultrasound- Continued


Day 2: Intermediate Abdominal Program

  • 8 am - 10 am Lecture: Abnormal- Liver, Spleen, Urogential
  • 10:00 am - 10:15 am Break
  • 10:15 am - 12 pm Lecture: Abnormal - Adrenals, GI, Pancreas, etc. 
  • 12 pm - 1 pm Lunch
  • 1 pm - 2:15 pm Lab: Abdominal Ultrasound-Practice fine-tuning
  • 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Break
  • 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm Lab: Abdominal Ultrasound- Practice fine-tuning

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the practical physics of ultrasound
  • Recognize and identify all abdominal organs
  • Develop a more focused abdominal scanning protocol
  • Scan live animals using a variety of ultrasound equipment
  • Perform tissue sampling techniques


CE Accreditation

These courses meet the requirement for 15.5 hours of approved Continuing Education by the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine. Participants should be aware that some state boards limit the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrict on certain methods of delivery of Continuing Education.

Contact Information

Celia Ordoyne

Outreach Coordinator