2019 MVMA Summer Seminar

The Day I Didn't Use Ultrasound: What Did I Miss?
The Power of Global FAST 

Gregory Lisciandro, DVM, DABVP, DACVECC
Thursday, June 20, 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm 

This program has been approved for 7.0 hours of continuing education credit
in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Attend in person or online
Online registration is currently closed. Please contact us at 651-645-7533 to register.


Gregory Lisciandro, DVM, DABVP, DACVECC

Consultant, Hill Country Veterinary Specialists

Greg LisciandroDr. Gregory Lisciandro, DABVP, DACVECC, received his DVM from Cornell University, completed an internship at The Animal Medical Center, New York City, and emergency and critical care residency at Emergency Pet Center, San Antonio, TX. He developed and published the clinical utility of abdominal FAST (AFAST) and its fluid scoring system, thoracic FAST (TFAST) and Vet BLUE (lung ultrasound). He is an ACVECC At-large Regent on its Board; a member of ACVECC Education Guidelines Committee and Scientific Committee; and has been practicing for 27-years (~half in general practice and ~half in emergency and critical care). Most recently he served as Chief of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Emergency Pet Center, San Antonio. Currently, he is a consultant for Hill Country Veterinary Specialists, President of the International Veterinary Point-of-care Ultrasound Society (IVPOCUS.org); CEO of FASTVet.com, specializing in veterinary ultrasound training; and editor and chapter author of the textbook Focused Ultrasound Techniques (Wiley, 2014) translated in 5 languages.


Explore the utilizing of the standardized point-of-care ultrasound approach in using AFAST, TFAST and Vet BLUE combined called Global FAST.  Discover how these formats have exact clarity to their acoustic windows and provide rapid patient assessment as a first line screening test and detect conditions missed or only suspected on physical exam, blood and urine testing, and radiography.  “See" your problem list!  Global FAST is your new core skill to improve care and save lives!

8:00 am –  9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast 

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Case-Based Applications of AFAST and Its Fluid Scoring System: Trauma, Triage and Tracking

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basics of the 5-point AFAST exam.
  • Discuss the advantage of AFAST over abdominal radiographic serosal detail.
  • Explain the use of its applied fluid scoring system in trauma and non-trauma cases and AFAST for blunt and penetrating trauma, non-trauma (collapse, weakness), and tracking (post-interventional).
  • Summarize AFAST and the approach to hemoabdomen (trauma, non-trauma and post-interventional) and the decision-making (medical vs. surgical), plus anaphylaxis, and pericardial effusion.

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break 

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Update in Canine Anaphylaxis: Diagnosis, Treatment and Complications You MUST Know

Gallbladder wall edema (called the gallbladder halo sign) has been recently used as a marker for canine anaphylaxis. The gallbladder halo sign is not pathognomonic for canine anaphylaxis. This lecture is practical and case-based. 

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Identify other conditions that can cause a gallbladder halo sign in similarly presenting (collapsed, weak) dogs including pericardial effusion and forms of right-sided heart failure/generalized systolic dysfunction. 
  • Describe how performing Global FAST, which includes TFAST and evaluating the heart, Vet BLUE for lung and AFAST with its target-organ approach and abdominal fluid scoring for the presence of hemoabdomen avoids satisfaction of search error.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Vet BLUE Cutting-Edge Case-Based Applications in Dogs 

This session is practical and case-based and founded on numerous Vet BLUE published studies by the author. Vet BLUE is truly a cutting-edge achievable approach to the respiratory patient.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the history of lung ultrasound and its evolution of the past 30 years.
  • Explain how to perform Vet BLUE, the concepts regarding its pattern-based approach, and the basic Vet BLUE lung ultrasound findings of wet vs. dry lung (A-lines and B-lines).
  • Describe advanced Vet BLUE signs of consolidation including Shred sign, Tissue sign, and Nodule sign and Wedge sign.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: The Tale of Four Felines: Vet BLUE in Cats

Respiratory patterns and lung auscultation are insensitive means of sorting through causes of respiratory distress in cats. Radiography is risky. The lecture is practical and case-based, and rooted on numerous Vet BLUE published studies by the author. 

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Illustrate with actual cases of several cats that look similar on physical examination, however, with the use of Vet BLUE lung ultrasound their Vet BLUE profiles (radically different) can be rapidly determined within 90-120 seconds.
  • Describe how each cat is remarkably different on Vet BLUE.


  • Breaks and lunch are provided to onsite attendees. Email or call (651-645-7533) the MVMA if you have dietary requests.
  • Handouts are provided to all attendees.
  • Registration changes (onsite to online) must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Changes are a $40 administrative fee.
  • Registration cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Cancellation refund less a 10% administrative fee.


Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue Room 135AC
St. Paul, MN 55108


Early-bird registration fee 
(before May 9, 2019)


Regular registration fees
(between May 9-June 6, 2019)

MVMA Member / Out of State Veterinarian $185 MVMA Member / Out of State Veterinarian $210
MVMA Life / Inactive Member $120 MVMA Life / Inactive Member $145
Technician / Staff / Other $115 Technician / Staff / Other $130
MN Non Member Veterinarian $235 MN Non Member Veterinarian $260
MVMA Affiliate Member $100 MVMA Affiliate Member $115
DVM Student $80 DVM Student $95










If space is still available after June 6, 2019, prices will increase by $50

Online participation option:

You have the option to attend the MVMA Summer Seminar on June 20th, beginning at 9:00 am CDT, from anywhere you have an internet connection! Choose the “webinar” option during registration. The morning of the seminar you will be emailed the secure link to attend. Only the registrant has access with this link, and he/she must sign-in with his/her name and email address as it is monitored for attendance. The registered webinar attendee is the only one eligible for the CE credits. This option is only available during the live presentation; it will not be offered later.

What will you experience: Once you have accessed the webinar your computer screen will be dominated with a direct-feed PowerPoint for clarity of viewing, plus the audio of the presenters as the slides automatically advance on your screen. A small video window on the side of your screen will show the presenting. The live Q&A session will be simulcast also and you will be able to send questions from your screen options if you wish. 

 The MVMA Summer Seminar is generously sponsored by: