First International Veterinary Point-of-Care Ultrasound Symposium Coming to Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas, September 18, 2017 – Hill Country Veterinary Specialists, Companion Animal Health, and Oncura Partners Diagnostics, today announced that they will host the First Annual International Veterinary Point-of-Care Ultrasound Symposium (IVPOCUS), October 31 through November 2, 2017 in Austin, TX.

This Symposium will be the kick-off event to launch the formation of the International Veterinary Point-of-Care Ultrasound Society, an organization dedicated to the promotion of veterinary point-of-care (POC) abdominal, thoracic, pulmonary, cardiovascular, musculo-skeletal, ocular, neurological and FAST ultrasound.  The Society is currently pending 501c3 non-profit status.

This premiere event will include speakers that represent thought leadership in veterinary POC and FAST ultrasound including:

  • Dr. Soren Boysen, Professor, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Deb Canapp, Veterinary Orthopedic Medicine Support Group
  • Dr. Terri DeFrancesco, Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Greg Lisciandro, Hill Country Veterinary Specialists, CEO of and editor of the textbook Focused Ultrasound Techniques for the Small Animal Practitioner

In addition, IVPOCUS will feature Keynote Speaker Nilam J. Soni, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Soni’s academic interests focus on the clinical applications of hand-carried ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided procedures and diagnostic bedside ultrasound. He is the visionary and chief editor of Point-of-Care Ultrasound, 1st edition – the first ultrasound book to support all specialties at different provider’s levels.

“POC and FAST ultrasound are becoming the greatest advancement for small animal veterinary medicine this decade,” said Dr. Greg Lisciandro, Dipl. ABVP, Dipl. ACVECC of Hill Country Veterinary Specialists & CEO of “Our goal is for IVPOCUS to promote and advance the use of POC ultrasound by educating small animal veterinarians and ensuring that they feel prepared and confident in using the technology to expedite diagnosis and thus save lives and improve the overall care of their patients. POC ultrasound will become standard of care as part of the physical exam because we are missing important and potentially catastrophic disease and conditions every day with a less sensitive approaches.”

This year’s IVPOCIS lectures will include topics on abdomen, heart, lung, volume status, and musculoskeletal.  IVPOCUS will take place October 31-November 2, 2017 at Hyatt Regency on Barton Springs Road in downtown Austin, Texas with 19-hours of RACE-approved continuing education through lectures, roundtables and hands-on demonstrations.

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