118754

Diagnostic Imaging for Small Animal Veterinarians

The principles of diagnostic imaging in small animal practice for veterinary graduates. Principles of radiography and other imaging modalities. Radiologic interpretation of all body systems, primarily of dogs and cats, and integration with case management.

Course code

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118754

Level

The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).

700-level

Credits

Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.

15

Subject

Veterinary Science

Course planning information

Course notes

Taking and interpreting radiographs is part of everyday life in general veterinary practice. This course will get you using your equipment to its best advantage, strengthen your ability to systematically approach radiographic interpretation and familiarise you with special radiographic procedures and the role of other diagnostic imaging modalities.

For detailed information about this and other distance courses in this programme see http://mvm.massey.ac.nz

Complete all assessments. Achieve an overall mark of 50% across the total assessment including at least 50% in the final examination.

Expected prior learning

This course is available for practicing veterinarians throughout the world to study extramurally (by distance) as a single course or as component of a part-time Master of Veterinary Medicine or Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Science.

Restrictions

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The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards your qualification.

General progression requirements

You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Use the principles behind image formation using either analog or digital systems to create images of diagnostic quality, and implement procedures that follow the legislative requirements for safe use of x-ray equipment commonly found in general veterinary practice. Demonstrate and justify safe use practices to other veterinary and lay staff.
  • 2 Use equipment commonly available in general veterinary practice to manipulate positioning, exposure and film processing variables to obtain a radiograph that is free from artefact and suitable for interpretation by another veterinarian of any body system of a dog or cat.
  • 3 Perform special radiographic studies that are commonly used in general veterinary practice such as contrast cystography, to obtain diagnostic quality images suitable for interpretation by another veterinarian.
  • 4 Evaluate the role of various diagnostic imaging procedures (including radiography, ultrasonography, fluoroscopy, contrast studies, image guided procedures, CT and MRI) in the management of canine or feline patients with conditions commonly managed in general veterinary practice. Justify the use of particular procedures or modalities considering the strengths, limitations and risks of each.
  • 5 Demonstrate a systematic approach to image interpretation.
  • 6 Differentiate normal and abnormal radiological findings and artefacts on radiographs of dogs and cats of various ages and breeds.
  • 7 Interpret radiographic images from dogs and cats with conditions commonly encountered in general veterinary practice. Integrate the radiographic interpretation with other clinical findings to narrow the list of possible diagnoses, and plan effective patient management. Report the interpretation using appropriate technical language which clearly communicates the findings to another veterinarian.
  • 8 Apply the principles of radiography and radiology to obtain diagnostic images in less frequently encountered companion animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and birds.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 30%
Test 3 4 5 6 7 8 30%
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 40%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Compulsory

TEXTBOOK OF VETERINARY DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY

Author
DONALD E. THRALL
ISBN
978-0323482479
Edition
7TH EDITION (2017)
Publisher
SAUNDERS, ELSEVIER, ST. LOUIS MO.

Recommended

ATLAS OF NORMAL RADIOGRAPHIC ANATOMY AND ANATOMIC VARIANTS IN THE DOG AND CAT SAUNDERS

Author
DONALD E THRALL, IAN D. ROBERTSON
ISBN
978-0323312257
Edition
2ND EDITION (2015)
Publisher
SAUNDERS, ELSEVIER, ST. LOUIS MO.

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