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ASSA 2022 Health Clinic Offerings:

  • Eye examinations – for OFA submission
  • Dentition database exams – for OFA submission
  • Gallbladder ultrasound exams to check for sludge/mucoceles for owner information.

Gallbladder Ultrasound Examinations

Several years ago, Dr. Gookin from NC State came to the ASSA Health Clinic in order to collect data needed for her research on gallbladder mucoceles. Several of the participants have express gratitude for having ultrasound scans done on their dogs at that time. A request was made to offer ultrasound scans at a future health clinic if possible. Diana K Stuckey, DVM has agreed to provide that service during the 2022 Health Clinic.

Dr. Stuckey is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and a native Missourian who currently resides near Pacific, MO. She is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship and started her radiology training at the University of Georgia. Dr. Stuckey finished her radiology residency at the University of Missouri and obtained her radiology board certification in 1992. She was in private veterinary radiology practice for over 25 years focusing on mobile small animal ultrasound. Dr. Stuckey is currently a staff teleradiologist for Antech Imaging Services.

Dr. Stuckey was introduced to Shetland Sheepdogs by Dr. Mary Mahaffey, one of her radiology mentors. She currently owns a Sheltie named Graham, a rescue Chihuahua (Max) and MinPin (Nub).

What to expect:

  • A report classifying gallbladders as 1) clear/no evidence of sludge, 2) gravity dependent sludge, 3) non-gravity dependent sludge, or 4) probable mucocele for the owners to give to their veterinarians if desired.  Images will not be available for owners to take with them.  Medical advice will not be given, but recheck ultrasound examinations may be recommended.
  • Owners should be present during the examination and will be expected to help restrain the dog if needed.
  • Dr. Stuckey expects that she will be able to perform the examination in most dogs without clipping the hair, but if needed, she expects that she can clip only a small area that shouldn’t be visible when the dog is standing.
  • Since the number of dogs that can be examined is limited, it is recommended that time slots be reserved for dogs greater than 4 years of age.

Please note: Dr. Stuckey estimates that she could scan 6 dogs/hour so we estimate the maximum dogs they could scan is 24-25.