For the first time at BSAVA Congress a dog was brought into the exhibition hall for a demonstration, giving delegates a unique, hands-on experience with a live animal. Stephen Constable gave a practical overview of ultrasound followed by an in-depth demonstration of kidney imaging, intestinal imaging and cardiac measurements on the very obliging greyhound, Judy.
Stephen said: “I talked about standard procedures for everyday use of ultrasound in veterinary practices. It was great having Judy to demonstrate on, talking from pictures just isn’t the same.&”
Watching the demonstration was Marina Domingues, a vet from Merseyside. She said: “It was really useful to hear a general overview of ultrasound rather than being told very specific information, it was easier to understand. And it was great to see it being performed on a real dog.&”
Louise Hales a vet from Powis and Partners in Stourbridge concluded: “I got some good tips from Stephen and because it is such a visual discipline it was really useful to have a physical demo rather than a lecture.&”
Congress Chairman, Graeme Eckford, says “This is a great opportunity for delegates to gain a unique insight into the potential of imaging equipment, and in prioritising the welfare of the animals involved and ensuring a safe and comfortable environment with plenty of opportunity for rest and play – everyone clearly really appreciated this new practical approach.&”