Small Animal Veterinary Technician Ultrasound Imaging Program – NOT AN ACCREDITATION

Small Animal Veterinary Technician Ultrasound Imaging Program – NOT AN ACCREDITATION

Small Animal Veterinary Technician Ultrasound Imaging Program – NOT AN ACCREDITATION


CE: 35 Hours per week

Course Objectives: 

This program is designed to meet the growing demand for veterinary technicians to become competent ultrasound imagers. This course will prepare technicians to acquire the standard images and measurements necessary for a diagnostic cardiac and soft tissue ultrasound. Competence in diagnostic image acquisition when used in combination with a telemedicine service or a consulting veterinarian with expertise in ultrasound interpretation, will facilitate incorporation of diagnostic ultrasound imaging into a veterinary practice. Competence in image/study interpretation will not be covered in this program. To complete this program technicians must have access to a digital ultrasound machine with color and spectral Doppler capability as well as be able to save and export still images and cine loops in DICOM format.   This four-week program is comprised of four one-week sessions spanning 12 months.

  • Following successful completion of both the soft tissue and cardiac components of this program, attendees will receive a certificate of completion stating proficiency in both soft tissue and echocardiographic imaging. Attendees will receive 35 hours of RACE approved CE for each week completed. Attendance alone will not result in certificates.

To successfully pass this course, participants must complete homework consisting of imaging studies on dogs and cats, and they must submit the images electronically in DICOM format for instructor review and feedback. Individuals are highly encouraged to contact the Academy prior to enrolling in the course to confirm that their ultrasound equipment is capable of submitting these studies. After an individual registers for this course, they will be contacted by an Applications Specialist to facilitate connectivity set up prior to the first day of class. Applicants are expected to be available for this.

Individuals involved in this program must be 100% committed to lifelong learning in ultrasound.  Hands-on scanning practice is a vital part of becoming and remaining proficient in ultrasonography, thus the homework portion of this course is considered to be one of the most important.  Completing the homework assignments will take time and commitment, and adequate planning by the attendee.   The homework is a mandatory requirement.  If assigned ultrasound exams are not completed between each week, the attendee may be dropped from the course.

***If for any reason you withdraw from the program before completion, finishing the next year is based entirely on availability.  Attendees registering for the entire program will have priority over those returning from the previous year.

Who should attend?

  • Veterinary Technicians and Human Sonographers who wish to become excellent imagers of small animals


(1A) Applicants must be a graduate of an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program or have an AS or BS degree in Ultrasonography. All such applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation* from a sponsoring veterinarian.


(1B) Applicants who are not graduates of one of the above programs will be considered if they have three years of full-time experience in a veterinary clinic, and they submit two letters of recommendation* from two veterinarians, one of which is the sponsoring veterinarian.

  • Letters of recommendation should discuss the candidate’s experience and aspects of their character, as well as their clinical skills and academic aptitude that would contribute to successful completion of the course.
  • Please mail letters of recommendation to:
    2409 C Avenue J
    Arlington, TX 76006

(2) Applicants must have access to a digital ultrasound machine with color, spectral Doppler, and DICOM capabilities, and they must have access to a computer and network that can transmit imaging studies electronically.


Course Fee

$2,650.00 Standard Pricing (per week)
$2,500.00 Sound Loyalty Pricing (per week)

Course Dates & Time (4 six day weeks)

Week 1 (2017 class)
March 27th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
March 28th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
March 29th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
March 30th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
March 31st, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
April 1st, 2017      (8:00am – 1:00pm)

Week 2 (2017 class)
June 12th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
June 13th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
June 14th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
June 15th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
June 16th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
June 17th, 2017 (8:00am – 1:00pm)

Week 3 (2017 class)
October 9th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
October 10th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
October 11th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
October 12th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
October 13th, 2017 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
October 14th, 2017 (8:00am – 1:00pm)

Week 4 (2017 class)
January 29th, 2018 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
January 30th, 2018 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
January 31st, 2018 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
February 1st, 2018 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
February 2nd, 2018 (8:00am – 5:00pm)
February 3rd, 2018 (8:00am – 1:00pm)

Course Introduction Video