The goals of the fellowship are to produce veterinarians with advanced technical and interpretative skills in this important clinical discipline. The species emphasis is equine but fellows will gain exposure to other large animal species. This position is an 80% clinical appointment with 20% time for off clinic pursuits (see below). Annual salary is $28,308 with medical benefits included. Housing is not provided. The fellowship begins August 1, 2014 and ends July 31, 2015. This webpage is designed to provide potential applicants with detailed information regarding our program, including overall service information, faculty and previous fellow information, case numbers, case distribution and application information. Please check the box at right for important announcements regarding the application process. Graduates of our program have gone on to secure faculty positions in large animal ultrasound, residency programs in radiology and equine surgery and established regional ultrasound consulting services.
UC Davis Large Animal Ultrasound Service
The Large Animal Ultrasound Service provides diagnostic imaging services 5 days per week. The majority of the service caseload is supported by the equine surgery service, therefore, a large percentage of ultrasound exams are musculoskeletal in nature; however, a wide variety of ultrasound exams are performed. The intern will receive training in sonographic evaluation of all areas, including the abdomen, thorax, cardiac, ophthalmologic and high speed treadmill evaluations of poor performance racehorses. The equine caseload consists of a variety of performance horses, including dressage, hunter/jumpers, endurance horses, western performance horses (cutting, reining, roping, barrel racing), pleasure horses and specialty breeds such as Peruvian Pasos. A working knowledge of performance horses is beneficial. There is little to no emergency duty. Emergency colic ultrasound evaluations are performed by the surgery resident on call. The large animal medicine service performs medical emergency ultrasound evaluations.
The UCD Large Animal Ultrasound Service has a full range of equipment available for all aspects of equine, food animal and small ruminant ultrasound. We are fortunate to have two Biosound Technos ultrasound systems that allow us to evaluate 2 patients simultaneously with machines that excel at musculoskeletal and abdominal imaging. Transducers available include two 8-14 MHz linear transducers and a 5-10 MHz linear transducer for musculoskeletal use, a 4-8 MHz microconvex transducer for neonatal and small ruminant abdominal/thoracic imaging and two 2-5 MHz curvilinear transducers for adult equine abdominal and thoracic imaging. We continue to use the GE Vingmed System 5 ultrasound system, primarily for cardiac imaging for its unbeatable color Doppler imaging and excellent depth of penetration (30cm). The Vingmed also produces high quality musculoskeletal and abdominal images. Transducers available for this machine include a 2.5 MHz phased array transducer for cardiac imaging, 3.5 MHz and 5.0 MHz curvilinear transducers for abdominal imaging and a 10 MHz linear transducer for musculoskeletal and small parts imaging. The Ausonics Impact machine shown in the image is no longer used on clinical cases.
Current & Previous Interns
2012 - 14 Fellow: Georgette Shields, DVM
2011 - 12 Fellow: Rachel Gottlieb (Kaplan), DVM
2009 - 11 Fellow: Beth Biscoe, DVM
2008 - 10 Fellow: Alex Young, BVSc
2007 - 08 Intern: Karine Pader, DVM
2006 - 07 Intern: Suzanne Brenner, DVM
2005 - 06 Intern: Wade Tenney, DVM
2003 - 05 Intern/Resident: Betsy Vaughan, DVM
2002 - 03 Intern: Agustin Almanza, MV
2001 - 02 Intern: Katie Flynn, BVMS, MRCVS
Where are they now?
Dr. Betsy Vaughan has been a faculty member in the Large Animal Ultrasound Service at UC Davis since completing her residency at UCD in 2005. Dr. Wade Tenney (05-06) is now an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University where he is in charge of their Large Animal Ultrasound Service. Dr. Suzanne Brenner (06-07) has focused exclusively on equine ultrasound and regularly consults at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, CA and with other veterinarians in the area. Dr. Karine Pader (07-08) completed a large animal surgery residency at Purdue and is now a clinician in surgery and lameness at the University of Montreal. Dr. Alex Young (09-10) is a 4th year resident in Radiology & Imaging at UC Davis, and Dr. Beth Biscoe (10-11) has begun her third year as a Radiology & Imaging resident at Washington State University. Dr. Rachel Gottlieb (11-12) has taken her ultrasound skills to Northwest Equine Performance in Mulino, Oregon as an associate veterinarian. Dr. Katie Flynn (01-02) is a veterinarian with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Large Animal Ultrasound Caseload (Academic Years)
|Thoracic (includes cardiac)||22||34||34||20||25||34||30||31||9||19||6||12||13|
|U/S Guided Procedures||---||---||37||53||64||93||143||141||158||201||226||196||218|
|Total Ultrasound Scans||992||1055||968||934||1015||1208||1233||1101||1085||1174||1155||1195||1090|
|Acoustic Shock Wave Treatments||321||153||83||114||53||63||51||41||93||95||52||42||33|
|Total Annual Cases||1313||1208||1051||1048||1068||1271||1284||1142||1178||1269||1207||1237||1123|
Acoustic Shock Wave Therapy
Acoustic shock wave treatments are also performed by the large animal ultrasound service. Shock wave therapy is thought to stimulate healing and potentially reduce layup time in horses with musculoskeletal injuries such as stress fractures, bucked shins, suspensory ligament desmitis and distal sesamoidean ligament desmitis. Treatments are generally performed by the ultrasound fellow. We are currently using the Duolith Vet shock wave machine manufactured by Storz Medical. The Duolith has both focused and nonfocused capabilities. Focused shock wave is most commonly used to treat musculoskeletal injuries. Nonfocused shock wave has been used to break up cystoliths (bladder stones) to facilitate their removal during surgery.
Fellow Clinical Responsibilities
Perform and interpret ultrasound examinations on patients presenting to the Large Animal Ultrasound Service under the direction of faculty from the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences.
Fellow Off-Clinic Time (approximately 20%)
Requirements for Application
Application Materials - All application materials are due by December 9, 2013.
All application materials including letters of reference (on letterhead, with signature), may be emailed to the Resident Affairs Coordinator at email@example.com.
Send applications to:
Diana Gomez, Resident Affairs Coordinator
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
University of California One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616-8747
We will notify the successful candidate by January 10, 2014 before the VIRMP applicant withdrawal deadline of January 17, 2014.
Additional information regarding large animal ultrasound and the fellowship program may be obtained by contacting Dr. Whitcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org.