Event Details

  • When

    October 2023 (dates TBC)

  • Where

    Our October 2023 course will be held in Valencia, Spain.

  • 2 Day Course Costs

    £1,950 +VAT

Event Overview

Aspire  UCS are proud to introduce our new two day face-to-face course on ultrasound-guided locoregional anaesthesia of the hindlimb, co-delivered by our European and RCVS Specialists in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. 

As with all Aspire  UCS face-to-face ultrasound training, this two day  theoretical and practical course has a strong hands-on training and competency-based emphasis. The course includes the necessary appreciation of the fundamentals of ultrasound physics,  development of ultrasound system skills, ultrasound and cadaveric anatomical recognition, demonstration of in-plane ultrasound-guided needle procedures and plenty of hands-on practice of the nerve-block techniques taught on this course. 

There is a practical clinical assessment incorporated into the training to enable the attendees to exit the course with confidence in their newly acquired ultrasound skills and abilities, enabling them to work safely and within their scope of practice.

Aspire’s informal delivery style provides attendees with ample opportunity to seek advice and support from the faculty through the duration of the course. And don't forget the online mentorship and support sessions with the Aspire team which are bookable after the course - make use of that "Sonographer on your shoulder" for all your practical technique and  ultrasound-related queries.

Course Programme

The two day course includes:

  • Introduction to locoregional anaesthesia, indication, and contraindications
  • Use of local anaesthetics and basic pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of ultrasound physics, image formation and B-Mode artefacts
  • Ultrasound system skills and appropriate image optimisation 
  • Principles of safe and successful in-plane ultrasound needle guidance 
  • Practicals - hands-on cadaveric guidance of the most commonly used nerve blocks for stifle and distal hindlimb surgery

Clinical practical assessments to include:

  • Ultrasound system knowledge, skills, and image optimisation
  • Ultrasound-guided needle demonstration


Certificate on successful completion of course assessment.

Lunch and refreshments are provided during the course

Additional information 

Places numbers on Aspire courses are deliberately kept low for each course run to ensure that hands-on practice is at the centre of your learning experience.

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Meet your instructors

Toby Trimble

European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Toby is a clinician and assistant professor of veterinary anaesthesia. He has used ultrasound extensively and completed a masters degree in ultrasound-guided locoregional anaesthesia as part of his specialist training. He particularly enjoys teaching students and post-graduate trainees to improve their knowledge and skills.

Miguel Martínez

European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Miguel is an EBVS & RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. He qualified in Complutense University, Madrid. He undertook a residency in Anaesthesia at Bristol Vet School, and has a special interest in locoregional anaesthesia and neuroanaesthesia. Miguel is actively involved in training RVNs, interns and residents in anaesthesia-related topics

Angie Lloyd-Jones

Aspire UCS CEO, Advanced Practitioner in Diagnostic Medical and Small Animal Veterinary Ultrasound

Angie trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer in the late 1980's, She started her ultrasound journey in West Sussex in the early 1990s, having not long since qualified as a radiographer in Plymouth, Devon. From there she moved to Wales, on to London and then back to Wales again; with each move she left behind a trail of confident, competent ultrasound practitioners across a wide range of specialities (sonographers, doctors, midwives, nurses, aortic screeners and so on). Angie worked in numerous NHS hospitals across the UK, helping to set up ultrasound services, working her way up to management level, becoming a clinical ultrasound tutor and part-time lecturer for numerous CASE accredited ultrasound programmes. Several decades later she met Julie and after much persuasion, Angie finally took the plunge to leave the NHS and work with Julie as her ‘Head of Ultrasound’ for a UK wide imaging company, further enriching her business and clinical management skills. Four years on and Angie left the company to diversify into small animal ultrasound at specialist level. She soon realised the considerable difficulties faced by primary care vets in particular when training in ultrasound and set upon her mission to make a difference! She is especially passionate about quality, standards and competency-based learning. Covid-19 lockdown gave Julie and Angie the perfect opportunity to write professional ultrasound practice guidelines for small animal abdominal ultrasound, currently with ECVDI - fingers crossed for their endorsement and publication in 2022.