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 decided that there would be only one field certification offered in 2014.  The dates were September 14-17, in 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.

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


UGC Educational Webinars (1 point each)


2014 Webinars

UGC - Status, Trends and Meeting the Future - August 14

An Overview of BIF - Trends in Genetics and Technology - August 21

Absentia Techs who did NOT participate in the 2014 webinars (i.e., live on the date presented), may receive credit by viewing the webinars and completing the following quizes.

UGC Webinar Quiz #9 - for webinar presented on August 14, 2014

UGC Webinar Quiz #10 - for webinar presented on August 21, 2014

     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


Participation in Approved Professional Meetings (1 point each)


Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting
June 9-12, 2015 - Biloxi, MS

American Society of Animal Science Meetings
Southern Section Meeting = February 3-6, 2015 - Atlanta, GA
Midwestern Section Meeting = March 15-18, 2015 - Des Moines, IA
Western Section Meeting = June 23-26, 2015 - Ruidoso, NM
Joint Annual Meeting = July 12-16, 2015 - Orlando, FL
Additional professional meetings may qualify
Questions should be directed to the UGC Executive Director


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.  

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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