Ultrasound Guidelines Council
Quality Data for Genetic Evaluation

News for Techs

UGC Approved Education Events

UGC Field Certification & Education Programs

NOTE:  The UGC Board of Directors has decided that there will be only one field certification offered in 2014.  The dates will be September 14-17.  The location will be Ames, Iowa.  

Reasons for this decision include:
1)  The number of technicians desiring field certification is predicted to be small in 2014.
2)  It is very difficult for UGC to cover field certification costs at a reasonable price with a small number of technicians.

The education program held in conjunction with field certification satisfy the continuing education requirements for field techs who successfully certify at these events, and will be worth 2 points for absentia techs who participate.  See the "Resources for Techs" page for details on the UGC Education Policy.

To register for the Field Certification in Ames, IA -- September 14-17 download the following two forms:
Registration Form
  Tech information Form

To download directions to the scanning facility at Iowa State University click here.


Ultrasound Training 
Each of the UGC labs offer training in ultrasound scanning.  See the "Accredited Labs" page for contact information.  

Designer Genes Technologies will sponsor a beef ultrasound training September 7-9.  Click here for more information, including registration form.

The CUP Lab will sponsor a beef ultrasound training September 8-13.  Click here for more information.

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UGC Educational Webinars (1 point each)

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2014 Webinars

2014 Webinars were presented Thursday August 14 and Thursday August 21.  Recordings of both webinars will be available here after all absentia applications have been received.


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     2013 Webinars - to view recordings of webinars presented in 2013, click the links below.

Current Applications of DNA in Genetic Evaluation of Carcass Traits - Aug 13

The Future of Ultrasound Machines from a Lab Perspective
- Aug 22

Absentia Techs who did NOT participate in the 2013 webinars (i.e., live on the date presented), may  receive credit by viewing the webinars and completing the following quizzes. 

UGC Webinar Quiz #7 - for webinar presented on Aug 13, 2013

UGC Webinar Quiz #8 - for webinar presented on Aug 22, 2013


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2012 Webinars
- to view recordings of webinars presented in 2012, click the links below.

Ultrasound Technology and New Opportunities - Aug 14

Beef Cattle Genomics
- Aug 28


Absentia Techs who did NOT participate in the 2012 webinars (i.e., live on the date presented), may  receive credit by viewing the webinars and completing the following quizzes. 

UGC Webinar Quiz #5 - for webinar presented on Aug 14, 2012

UGC Webinar Quiz #6 - for webinar presented on Aug 28, 2012

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Participation in Approved Professional Meetings (1 point each)

KEEP REGISTRATION RECEIPTS TO CONFIRM ATTENDANCE!

Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting
June 18-21 - Lincoln, NE

American Society of Animal Science Meetings
Southern Section Meeting = February 1-4, 2014 - Dallas, TX
Midwestern Section Meeting = March 17-19, 2014 - Des Moines, IA
Western Section Meeting = June 25-27, 2014 - San Angelo, TX
Joint Annual Meeting = July 20-21, 2014 - Kansas City, MO
Additional professional meetings may qualify
Questions should be directed to the UGC Executive Director

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Important UGC Dates  

August 11 - Applications for re-certification in absentia due.
The deadline has been delayed until August 11 so techs can receive UGC IQ reports prior to completing their applications.  

Download the application form for re-certification in absentia here:
 
2014 Application for Re-certification in Absentia





UGC Board Adopts Revised IQ Scoring System

The UGC Board of Directors has replaced the 7-pt IQ scoring system with a simple 3 category system.  The new system simply categorizes images as either "acceptable", "marginal", or "rejected".  The definitions of each category remain the same as before.  Because historically few images were ever scored as "1" or "7", the new system removes the three types of marginal images.  Click here to download a copy of the new system.

Further, the UGC Board agreed to only summarize IQ scores for technicians once per year in July rather than twice per year.  The number of images collected in the spring greatly exceeds those collected in the fall. Hence, the January IQ reports included only a few animal for most technicians.  IQ reports should be mailed in time for technicians to know their average IQ scores before they apply for re-certification in absentia.

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