Opening up use of preg check ultrasound

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The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association is again surveying its members on whether registered veterinary technologists should be allowed to conduct beef cattle pregnancy detection using ultrasound.

In 2012, the association’s food animal advisory committee recommended such a move, but ABVMA members were not supportive. Last year, the committee again recommended allowing veterinary technologists to use ultrasound for pregnancy detection, noting the technology “has become very accurate” and is now often used by “laypeople.”

“The Food Animal Advisory Committee would like to keep pregnancy detection within the profession and enhance the perception of the veterinary team to animal owners,” the association said in a recent e-newsletter to members.

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