Diagnostic Imaging for Small Animal Veterinarians
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.
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 tumours. 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.
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
- 3 day workshop (contact course): face to face or an online option for some sessions
- MVM Commons community site
- Online case discussion facilitated
- Social forum
- 2 online tests
- Online final examination online (remote proctoring)
- Internet access
- Radiographic equipment (digital or film)
- Compulsory textbook: Donald E Thrall (Ed.), (2017)
Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 7th edition Saunders, Elsevier, St. Louis Mo.
- Recommended text: Donald E Thrall, Ian D. Robertson, (2015) Atlas of Normal Radiographic Anatomy and Anatomic Variants in the Dog and Cat Saunders, 2nd Edition, Elsevier, St. Louis Mo.
"Diagnostic imaging has been a very enjoyable and informative course. The work requirement, if not at times a little overwhelming, has been greater than with any other course I have done, but the rewards equally have been more as well."
"Thanks for your time over the last 9 months. I have certainly appreciated it and enjoy looking at radiographs with a more critical eye, though it hasn't been easy seeing all those lovely digital images pass across my screen!"
"I enjoyed the contact course and gained a lot of practical experience, which only immersion in 'reading rads' with a good teacher and willing classmates can do."
CONTACT WORKSHOP INFORMATION
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.
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).
MEGA 2 2020
The contact workshop for Diagnostic Imaging will run alongside those for the Clinical Pathology, Gastroenterology and Cardiorespiratory Medicine courses. This format provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme and to combine with them for some sessions.