118.779 Advanced Studies in Equine Diagnostic Imaging (15 credit)

Lecturer: Professor Chris Riley BSc, BVSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, PGCertInnovMgt, Diplomate ACVS, Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery

This double semester course will provide in-depth study dedicated to equine diagnostic imaging; radiography, ultrasound and endoscopy.

What will you learn?

On this course you will advance your knowledge and skills related to:

  • The manipulation of positioning, exposure and film processing variables to obtain a radiograph that is diagnostic and free from artefact in a safe fashion
  • Normal and abnormal findings and artefacts in radiographic and ultrasonographic interpretation.
  • The use of advanced diagnostic imaging procedures such as endoscopy, CT, MRI, scintigraphy, fluoroscopy, contrast studies, image guided procedures in the investigation of equine disease.

How the course works

This course is taught via distance learning (you may know it as continuing education, distance education or continuing professional development) by a recognised international expert in the field.

The text book is supported by a study guide that integrates personal study and reading with online activities including class discussion, library research and case-based exercises.

Your lecturer

Professor Chris Riley

  • Has experience in tertiary and CPD teaching for practitioners, private and referral practice.

  • Has participated in, trained, and led veterinary humanitarian teams in to Bolivia, Haiti and Peru. He has developed parallel interests in animal and human welfare.

  • His recent research has focused on the development of biomedical tests for animal diseases using the emerging technologies of infrared spectroscopy and chemometrics.

  • Currently he is Professor of Equine Clinical Studies with the School of Veterinary Science, Massey University.

Course features

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

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • 3 day workshop: face to face as well as streamed online
  • Electronic library access

Learning community

  • Online case discussion
  • Lecturer facilitation of case discussions


  • Online test
  • Learning portfolio of course work items
  • Final examination delivered online

Course requirements

  • Internet access: you need regular access to a computer and the internet so you can participate in class discussions and assessments online. A high speed internet connection is desirable but not essential.
  • Textbook: Butler JA, Colles CM et al (2016). Clinical radiology of the horse. 4th ed. Wiley-Blackwell Pub, Oxford, UK. ISBN: 9781118912287

Other highly recommended texts for the course include:
Reef  (1998) Equine Diagnostic Ultrasound. WB Saunders, Philadelphia. ISBN: 0721650236
This text will also be on the recommended list for both the Equine Lameness and Gastro-intestinal courses in the MVM programme.
Barakzai  (2007) Handbook of equine respiratory endoscopy.  ISBN: 0702028185
This text is available as an E-book via the Massey University Library for enrolled students.


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 NZ$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

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

contact WORKSHOP (contact course)

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 26 February 2018
Exam period 29 October – 14 November 2018
Course end 14 November 2018

*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.

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Massey University

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