Ultrasound-Guided Procedures
World Class Experts
Scanning Labs
Q & A Session
In-depth Lectures
One-on-One Instruction

2019 IVPOCUS Symposium 

Theme: “Ultrasound-Guided Procedures”

November 18-20, 2019 in Beautiful Austin, TX

Registration Opens ~ March 20, 2019

Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road 

IVPOCUS Special Rate for Attendees – $189/night 

Room Reservation Link will Be Provided Soon!

2 1/2 Days – 17-hours RACE-approved C.E.

Limited Enrollment-100 Attendees

Member Discount- Starting March 15, 2019 – $1,195 with Early Bird Membership Coupon

Non-Members-  Starting March 20, 2019 – $1,395

IVPOCUS Symposium Cancellation and Refund Policy (IMPORTANT — Please read!): 

  • 100% refund if cancellation before July 1st, 2019.
  • 50% refund if cancellation July 1 to Sept. 30, 2019.
  • No refund if cancellation after Sept. 30, 2019.
  • A service fee of $50 will be charged on all refunds.

We have a great line up for our 2nd IVPOCUS Symposium!   Join some of the most passionate members of our veterinary point-of-care community for another landmark event!

Current Program Includes:

  • World Renowned Speakers: Our speakers are leaders in the POCUS and FAST Ultrasound field and include specialists boarded in anesthesia, cardiology, emergency & critical care, and radiology.
  • Limited Registration for maximized interaction with speakers and hands-on scanning labs
  • US-guided nerve blocks
  • US-guided procedures of the abdomen & thorax, and soft tissue
  • Ocular ultrasound
  • TWO Scanning Labs  (Dry Lab Day 1 and Volunteer Dogs Day 3) 

And Fabulous Accommodations:

Austin Hyatt Regency

Looking forward to seeing you in Austin!

Dr. Greg Lisciandro, IVPOCUS President



Questions:  office.ivpocus@gmail.com

Our 2019 Renowned IVPOCUS Speakers:


Dr. Diego Portela, DACVA, University of Florida 

Dr. Portela received his veterinary degree from the School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, (Argentina) in 2002. In 2009, he obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Pisa, (Italy) focusing his research in small animal regional anesthesia and he worked from 2009 to 2013 as a post-doc in the Anesthesiology section of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Pisa (Italy). In 2016, Dr. Portela completed his residency in anesthesiology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (Ithaca, NY), and then joined the faculty team to work as a Clinical Instructor in Anesthesiology. He is a Diplomate from the ACVAA and currently, Dr. Portela is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL). He conserves his strong interest in regional anesthesia and focuses his research at developing novel approaches. As such, he is a co-instructors at the Cornell small animal locoregional anesthesia boot camp and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and textbooks on this topic.


Dr. Marta Romano, DACVA, University of Florida 

Dr. Marta Romano received her DVM degree cum Laude from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2009. In 2013, she completed a Master in Small and Exotic animals anesthesia and pain management, and in 2014 she obtained a Ph.D. with a thesis on the stress response to surgery and anesthesia in dogs. Dr. Romano spent a few years working in private practice in Italy before moving to the United States in 2013. In 2017, she completed her Residency in veterinary anesthesiology at Cornell University and became board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) the same year. She currently works as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida. Her main research interests are pain management of small, large and zoo animals, and the development and application of new regional anesthesia techniques.


Dr. Teresa DeFrancesco, DACVIM, DACVECC, North Carolina State

Dr. Terri DeFrancesco is a Professor in Cardiology and Critical Care with tenure at the North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in Raleigh, NC. She is also the Assistant Department Head in the Department of Clinical Sciences and Small Animal Focus Leader.

Dr. DeFrancesco completed her DVM degree at Cornell University in 1991, followed by a small animal rotating internship at Virginia Tech and residencies in Cardiology and Emergency/Critical Care both at the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University. She is double-boarded in Cardiology and Emergency and Critical Care and has been on faculty at NC State since 1995. She has been the recipient of numerous teaching and clinical awards including the Cobblestone TAGS Faculty Excellence Award in Cardiology Endowment, a two-time recipient of the Pfizer Norden Teaching award, a six-time recipient of the Clinician of the year award, and the NCVMA NCSU Clinician of the year award. Dr. DeFrancesco is an author of 70 peer-reviewed publications of clinically relevant research studies, clinical reviews, case series and case reports and 16 book chapters. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker with over 200 hours of continuing education in clinical cardiology and emergency medicine.

Dr. DeFrancesco’s areas of interest include improving the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure in dogs and cats, point of care ultrasound, cardiac emergency management including arrhythmias management, pacemaker, and ventilator therapy.


Dr. Jennifer Gambino, DACVR, Mississippi State

Dr. Jennifer Gambino completed her DVM degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 after clinical rotations at Louisiana State University. She did a small animal rotating internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in New York (previously Manhattan Veterinary Group), worked in practice for 7 years (predominantly at the nationally recognized ASPCA Animal Hospital, NYC) and went on to complete a Diagnostic Imaging residency and Clinical Instructorship at Mississippi State University; and MRI fellowship with Dr. Patrick Gavin in Sandpoint Idaho. She stayed on at MSU as an Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging in the Department of Clinical Science until May of 2018.

Dr. Gambino is a board certified veterinary radiologist for Idexx Laboratories. She is also an adjunct Professor in Diagnostic Imaging at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN; and is funded by the Department of Environmental Quality, National Fish and Wildlife’s Mississippi marine mammal and turtle conservation, recovery and monitoring program at the Department of Basic Science at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and affiliate, The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (Gulfport, MS).

Dr. Gambino is a proponent of minimally invasive and minimally distressing techniques, best practices and integrative collaboration.  Her clinical interests include working closely with referral veterinarians to improve patient care and outcomes, performing interventional ultrasound and CT guided procedures for abdominal, lung and musculoskeletal disease states, intraoperative ultrasound-guided brain tumor removal, MRI and CT imaging for oncologic and traumatic diagnoses with a focus on brain, head and spinal imaging, imaging in marine mammals and sea turtles to enhance, expound on or establish imaging protocols for clinical reference, improved care, shorter rehabilitation periods and earlier release times.

Her research interests include advanced MR imaging protocols (MR spectroscopy) for noninvasive brain and brain tumor metabolites profiling to improve diagnostic specificity, MRI contrast agents and their deposition profiles in brain tissue, improving student education and retention of imaging principles through digital learning tools, CT 3-D derived image models; and case archives.  She enjoys teaching and mentoring imaging trainees and students has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications while directing numerous research initiatives (Researchgate Gambino Profile) and is committed to the modern advancement of veterinary diagnostic imaging through innovative teaching methods and learning tools to foster the growth of budding veterinarians.

Dr. Greg Lisciandro, DACVECC, Hill Country Veterinary Specialists 

Dr. Gregory Lisciandro, DABVP, DACVECC, received his DVM, Cornell, completed an internship, The Animal Medical Center, New York City, and emergency and critical care residency, Emergency Pet Center, San Antonio Texas.  His developed and published the clinical utility of abdominal FAST (AFAST) and its fluid scoring system, thoracic FAST (TFAST) and Vet BLUE (lung ultrasound) and continues to be actively involved in ongoing collaborative research internationally. He is an ACVECC At-large Regent on its Board, and 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 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 (www.IVPOCUS.org); CEO of FASTVet.com, specializing in veterinary ultrasound training; editor and chapter author of the textbook Focused Ultrasound Techniques (Wiley, 2014) translated in 6 languages.


Dr. Nilam Soni, MD, MD, MS, FHM, FACP 

Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Hospital Procedure Service, Co-director, Longitudinal Medical School Ultrasound Curriculum, Director, Critical Care Ultrasound Education, VA SimLEARN Assistant Director, Point-of-care Ultrasound Training Programs, Division of General & Hospital Medicine/Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.  **Dr. Soni’s complete eCV can be viewed by clicking the LINK.

Dr. Nilam Soni has been interested in point-of-care ultrasound applications since his final years in medical school. As a resident and junior faculty, he learned how to perform point-of-care ultrasound exams and integrate the findings into patient care.  He has been teaching point-of-care ultrasound to healthcare professionals for over a decade. By collaborating with hospitalists, critical care, and emergency medicine physicians, he has developed training curricula to teach point-of-care ultrasound to diverse groups of healthcare professionals, including nurses, advanced practice providers, and physicians. He continues to lead educational programs in point-of-care ultrasound locally, nationally, and internationally through different professional organizations and healthcare systems.

He is the lead author of the book, Point-of-Care Ultrasound, that was awarded the 2015 British Medical Association’s President’s Choice Award and has been translated into Chinese and Spanish.  His current scholarly work includes evaluating the impact of integrating point-of-care ultrasound in clinical care and formulating guidelines for the use of point-of-care ultrasound to guide bedside procedures. Dr. Soni was awarded a Quality Improvement Partnered Evaluation grant to evaluate the implementation of the Department of Veterans Affairs national point-of-care ultrasound training program.