118.754 Diagnostic Imaging for Small Animal Veterinarians (15 credit)

Lecturer: Donald E. Thrall DVM PhD DACVR

Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) Diagnostic imaging course offers a practical approach to obtaining top quality images and their interpretation

Please note: Courses are revised following each offering. Details of content and assessment are subject to change between offerings.

What will you learn?

  • to use your equipment to its best advantage
  • to confidently and systematically approach radiographic interpretation in the dog and cat
  • familiarity with special radiographic procedures and an introduction to the integration of other imaging modalities into patient care.

Anyone wishing to sit examinations for Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in radiology will gain useful training in the principles of radiography, small animal radiological interpretation and understanding of the application of CT, MRI and nuclear medicine, but note that this course does not cover equine and large animal radiology.

How the course works

Diagnostic imaging is one of the MVM courses  for postgraduate veterinarians which is taught online via distance learning and led by a recognised international expert in the field.

The course is supported by the latest research, reviews and case material to challenge veterinarians with in-depth, relevant continuing education. Course materials include a printed guide to your reading and assessment which integrates online learning activities such as discussions, quizzes, lessons, library searches, critical evaluation and exercises for self-assessment with reading materials and personal study tasks.

Highlights of the diagnostic imaging course include: Online tutorials to work through at your own pace, case material provided for interpretation and class discussion. Meeting Don at the contact course.

Your lecturer

Dr. Thrall graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University and completed a radiology residency and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Colorado State University.  He has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia, the University of Pennsylvania, Ross University and North Carolina State University.  He is currently a Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University and also a radiologist and Quality Control Officer in teleimaging with IDEXX Telemedicine, Inc.  Dr. Thrall is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in both diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology, and has served as President of the College in both capacities.  Dr. Thrall's primary imaging interests are CT and MRI, particularly of tumors.  He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications, and served as Editor of the journal Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound for over 30 years.  He is currently the Editor of the Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 6th Edition, and Co-Author, with Dr. Ian Robertson, of the Atlas of Normal Radiographic Anatomy and Anatomic Variants in the Dog and Cat, 2nd Edition, both published by Elsevier.

 Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • Tutorial case material online
  • Electronic library access
  • 2 day workshop: face-to-face as well as streamed online  

Learning community

  • Online case discussion facilitated
  • Social forum

Assessment

  • Online tests
  • Final examination online

Course requirements

  • Internet access
  • Textbook: Donald E. Thrall, Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 6th Edition, 2013
    ISBN: 978-1-4557-0364-7
  • Recommended: Donald E Thrall, Ian D. Robertson, (2010)
    Atlas of Normal Radiographic Anatomy and Anatomic Variants in the Dog and Cat Saunders, Elsevier, St. Louis Mo.
    ISBN 978-1-4377-0178-4
  • Radiographic equipment (digital or film)

 

Cost for international students

The fees for each 15-credit course in 2018 are NZ$6550. Hover over the fee to view it in your currency. Note: fees are revised annually.

*Please note, all prices are approximate based on recent exchange rates and are quoted excluding Goods and Services Tax. Additional non-tuition fees also apply which vary from approx NZD$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

Fees for domestic students are subsidised by the NZ government. See fees information for domestic students.

 

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AAVSB RACE Approval

This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 150 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

contact workshop (contact course)

The contact workshop for Diagnostic Imaging for SA Vets will run alongside those for the Clinical PathologyCanine and Feline Gastroenterology and Cardiorespiratory Medicine courses.

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The new format also provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme by combining with them for some sessions.

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record  these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

Dates and timings*

Enrolments open 1 October 2017
Course start July 2018
Exam period February 2019
Course end February 2019

 *Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

Massey University

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