Executive Veterinary Program™

Executive Veterinary Program in Small Animal Ultrasound

This offering has been cancelled. Look for a new EVP: Small Animal Ultrasound beginning in 2016.

February 2015-November 2016

About the Program

Eight interactive, two-day (Saturday and Sunday) learning modules will allow for insight and understanding to grow throughout the program. Each module offers 12 hours of continuing education credit taught by board-certified veterinarians. To optimize the learning environment, enrollment is limited to 28 participants.

Class members will be trained to the highest possible level in diagnostic ultrasound using didactic and hands-on laboratory settings. Board-certified, subject matter experts will lecture in areas of their specialty, with the opportunity for hands-on practice to reinforce lecture principles. Take-home objectives and case books will be completed between modules and regular written and practical exams will ensure a continued high level of learning. Graduates will obtain high-level training in the practice of ultrasound that will be valuable in a general practice setting.

Program Goals

  • To provide the highest possible level of training in diagnostic ultrasound
  • To serve as a network that enhances idea-sharing among veterinarians and promotes dialogue
  • To raise the qualifications and abilities of practicing veterinarians to provide a higher level of service to their customers
  • To stimulate interest in current and developing career opportunities
  • Meeting Dates

    EVP: Small Animal Ultrasound will meet four times per year for two days each (Saturday and Sunday). All sessions will be held at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine campus in Urbana, Ill.


    1: February 21-22, 2015Introduction: Physics, knobology, Casebook Discussion, Abdominal Protocol
    Basic Abdomen: Liver, Spleen, Kidneys, Bladder
    Knobology and General Abdomen
    2: May 30-31, 2015Cardiac: Basic Echo, 2-D Views, M-ModeBasic Echo
    3: August 22-23, 2015Advanced Abdomen: Gastrointestinal, Pancreas, Lymph NodesAdvanced Abdomen
    4: November 7-8, 2015Written and Practical Exam: General Abdomen, Advanced Abdomen, Basic Echo
    5: February 20-21, 2016Cardiac: Pathophysiology, Doppler, Physics, Echo DopplerIntermediate Echo
    6: May 21-22, 2016Abdominal Doppler: Biopsy, Small PartsBiopsy, Small Parts
    7: August 20-21, 2016Non-Cardiac ThoracicIndividualized Open Hands-On Laboratory
    8: November 12-13, 2016Final Written and Practical Exam

    Case studies will be discussed at each module. Each registrant is required to complete a casebook of 20 cases, with five cases from each topic area, including general abdomen, advanced abdomen/small parts, basic echocardiography, and intermediate echocardiography.

  • Additional Information

    Registration Fees

    Tuition for the certificate program is $6,000 on or before January 19, 2015. After January 19, 2015, tuition is $7,000. Registration includes all program materials, daily lunches, and one dinner per module.

    A deposit of $1,500 is due on or before January 19, 2015, and $2,500 after January 19. The balance of $4,500 is payable in four installments as outlined below:

    InstallmentDue DateAmount
    1Saturday, February 21, 2015$1,125
    2Saturday, August 22, 2015$1,125
    3Saturday, February 20, 2016$1,125
    4Saturday, August 20, 2016$1,125


    EVP class members are responsible for making and paying for all personal travel arrangements. Travel and lodging information will be sent upon registration.

    Enrollment is limited to 28 participants. Hotel information will be provided upon receipt of registration.

    Registration can be placed online and a copy of the printed registration form is also available for download.

  • Contact Information

    Robert T. O’Brien, DVM, MS, DACVR
    Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
    University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
    Urbana, IL 61802