Sheep Carcass Ultrasound Training Schools Planned
June 2, 2017

The National Sheep Improvement Program Carcass Ultrasound Technician Committee and the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center are accepting applications for hosting sheep carcass ultrasound training and certification schools in 2017 and 2018.

"Our objective is to conduct five schools across five geographic regions in the United States, with the goal of training 50 technicians in the next two years to meet the increased demand for NSIP certified sheep carcass ultrasound technicians," said Dr. Christopher Schauer of North Dakota State University in a press release calling for potential school hosts. "Financial assistance, as well as an updated curriculum, will be provided to the five locations that are selected."

Working with a grant from the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, the group hopes to host schools in the following regions: West Coast, Intermountain West, Mid-West, South and East Coast. Each potential host will need to provide the facilities necessary to conduct a three-day school. At a minimum, 20 lambs will need to be scanned twice to complete the certification protocol. Additional information on hosting a school can be found at http://nsip.org/nsip-member-services/us-cert-ultrasound-scanners.

Through the NSIIC grant, the NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center will offset some of the costs of the school, but each school will collect their own registration fees and be financially responsible for the certification school.

To apply, prospective hosts should provide a one-page summary of the proposed certification school to Dr. Schauer to indicate their interest. He will contact interested hosts to determine the best locations to achieve the goals of the committee and the NSIIC grant. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2017. Universities and private entities are eligible to apply. For more information, contact Dr. Schauer at 701-567-4323 or at christopher.schauer@ndsu.edu.