Event Details

  • When

    Thur 18th and Fri 19th July 2024

  • Where

    The Veterinary Pathology Centre, University of Surrey, Francis Crick Rd, Guildford GU2 7AQ

  • 2 Day Course Costs

    £2,150 including VAT

Event Overview

Aspire UCS are proud to introduce our two day face-to-face course on ultrasound-guided locoregional anaesthesia of the abdomen and hindlimb, designed and delivered by two RCVS & European 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 all nerve-block techniques taught on this course. 

The informal and relaxed delivery style of Aspire UCS provides delegates 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 UCS 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, indications, and contraindications
  • Use of local anaesthetics and basic pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of ultrasound physics, image formation and B-Mode artefacts
  • Ultrasound system skills and image optimisation 
  • Principles of safe and successful in-plane ultrasound needle guidance 
  • Demonstrations and practicals - hands-on cadaveric guidance of the most commonly used hindlimb nerve blocks, TAP and epidural blocks 
  • Hardcopy handbook of presentation lectures and an Aspire UCS 'Quick Guide' to ultrasound system controls

ALL delegates receive BONUS 3-month enrolment onto our online 'Locoregional Anaesthesia of the Hindlimb' video course, on payment, enabling  pre-course front-loading of  information plus the opportunity to  consolidate learning after the event from the comfort of your own home. 

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Additional information 

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

Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

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Meet your instructors

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

Oscar Bautista Díaz -Delgado


Oscar graduated from the University of Extremadura in Spain in 2013. He is an EBVS & RCVS recognised specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. Currently, he works as a locum anaesthetist, providing expert anaesthesia care to various hospitals in the UK. Oscar's main interests include anaesthesia for critical patients, loco-regional anaesthesia, pain management, and improving postgraduate anaesthesia teaching. He is also dedicated to supporting new graduates and nurses, as well as enhancing clinical outcomes in anaesthesia and optimising team workflow.

Julie Burnage

Aspire UCS COO - Advanced Practitioner in Diagnostic Medical and Small Animal Veterinary Ultrasound

Julie trained and worked as a Radiographer in North West England in the early 1980s and moved to North Wales in 1987 She started her ultrasound training in the NHS in 1988 and after qualifying went to night school to train to be a teacher so that she could share the love she had developed for ultrasound in the best possible way. In 1995 Julie set up an ultrasound scanning company providing diagnostic scans to both NHS and self pay patients in GP surgeries and clinics. Despite the negativity from many in the imaging community who believed that non medics could not and should not be providing ultrasound services Julie continued to extol the virtues of providing ‘care closer to home’. Speaking at conferences she often faced accusations of working outside her scope of practice but nothing could be further from the truth. With time she worked with some amazing Radiologists who understood the business model and were huge advocates of what she was doing and provided support and guidance. The business grew and grew and following a merger with another provider in 2013 and subsequent ‘buy out’ by venture capitalists, in 2020, Julie was ready for another challenge. By this time, Angie had been working in a small animal specialist hospital for some years and persuaded Julie to join Aspire UCS and work with her providing ultrasound services and teaching vets, vet nurses (as well as human medics) the joy of ultrasound. Covid-19 lockdown gave Julie and Angie the perfect opportunity to collaborate and write some professional guidelines for small animal abdominal ultrasound. The 'Small Animal Veterinary Guidelines for Professional Ultrasound Practice' were published by British Medical Ultrasound Society in December 2022, and have been endorsed by the ECVDI and IVUSS.

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 1980s. 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). 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 some professional guidelines for small animal abdominal ultrasound. The British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) published 'Small Animal Veterinary Guidelines for Professional Ultrasound Practice' in December 2022 and these have been endorsed by the ECVDI and IVUSS.