The coronavirus pandemic abruptly halted all in-person clerkships, or clinical rotations, for clinical veterinary students across the United States. Online clerkships in radiology offered the opportunity to expand the student’s ability to interpret medical images but did not allow for the development of physical hands-on imaging skills recognized as core competencies in veterinary medicine. The present report highlights the value of providing veterinary students with a smartphone-associated Butterfly iQ point-of-care ultrasound during a 3-week self-driven virtual clerkship. During the virtual rotation, the student was able to develop the skills required to generate sufficient quality images using three horses residing on her property. The affordability, portability, ease of use of the Butterfly iQ and availability of animals made it possible to develop hands-on imaging skills when distance learning was required.
Hand-Held Point-of-Care Ultrasound: A New Tool for Veterinary Student Self-Driven Learning in the Time of COVID-19
Zoë J. Williams, PhD, BS, is a veterinary student (class of 2021), Michigan State University, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, 784 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824 USA. Email: [email protected]
Abby Sage, VMD, DACVIM, is a Staff Veterinarian, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219 USA.
Stephanie J. Valberg, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, ACVSMR, is the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine and a Professor, Michigan State University, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, 784 Wilson Road , East Lansing, MI 48824 USA.