UltraInsights hosts trainings for anyone who would like to become a carcass ultrasound field technician.  We are currently the industry’s leader in pass rates at certification and hold our trainees to the ultimate standard.  We try to schedule training 6 to 9 weeks prior to certification to provide adequate time to practice and prepare.  Training is hosted in small groups to allow for more individualized time.  Pre-training materials are sent prior to training as well as post training help with refining technique before certification.

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Interested in becoming a field technician?  Unsure of what all it entails?  Below is a list of some of the frequent questions we get from trainees.  Visit our “Field Training” tab for more information and call Becky (660-259-1932) to see if becoming a field technician is the right fit for you.

How much business will I get in the first year?

We recommend already having some interest for scanning before you go through training.  Starting out can be tough for new techs, and you need to have some form of secure income before the investment.  It can take 3 years or more to develop a steady customer base.

How much does equipment cost?

Depending on what ultrasound machine you purchase, equipment (certification, ultrasound machine, clippers, blower, standoff pad) can cost anywhere between $8,000 to $28,000. 

How often do I have to go through certification?

Every 2 years.

How many head can I scan per hour?

In your first few scan sessions, expect to only scan 10-15 head an hour.  After practice and repetition, you should be scanning 25+ per hour.

What is the going rate to charge a breeder?

$16 to $20 per head is about average. Many field technicians have a minimum charge per trip, travel costs will influence the per head fee, and lab fees are normally paid by the field tech.  

What happens if I get rejected images?

The lab will let you know if you have rejected images.  From there, you need to contact the breeder and let them know.  You can offer to rescan the rejected animal(s), not charge for them, or ask the breeder’s preference.

What other equipment do I need to have to scan?

Clippers, a blower, oil, table, extension cord, battery backup, and curry comb will make scanning go much smoother!

How do I get my customers?

Getting customers will more than likely be the toughest part of scanning.  Many technicians advertise via Facebook, field days, or by attending sales.