Course Overview

This advanced level 4-week course emphasizes techniques necessary to obtain diagnostic radiographs of the abdominal area and recognizing abnormalities. Topics covered include radiographic technique and interpretation, radiographic anatomy, identifying abnormalities with a focus on masses, disorders of the alimentary, urinary, and reproductive tracts, as well as common anomalies seen in the abdomen.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 20 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.


Course Content

This course is divided into 8 sections, each addressing separate anatomical areas and their respective disorders/procedures. The last section covers anomalies commonly seen in abdominal radiographs such as microhepatica, renal agenesis and malpositioned kidneys, and Kartagener's Syndrome. Masses are discussed at length. Radiographic technique and interpretation are also included in this extensive course.

NOTE: All required material is provide online in the course.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This is an advanced level course. A working knowledge of radiology is needed. Assignments in this course are challenging and designed to bring the learning experience into your everyday practice. The instructor will guide the student to an understanding of the role of abdominal radiology in reaching a diagnosis, either as the diagnosing veterinarian or as the practice staff involved in assisting the veterinarian with the steps to diagnosis.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop good techniques for making and interpreting radiographs of the abdomen
  • Understand normal radiographic anatomy
  • Identify abdominal abnormalities
  • Focus on abdominal masses
  • Recognize disorders of the alimentary, urinary, and reproductive tracts
  • Learn common anomalies seen in the abdomen


Participation Access Parameters

Participants may enroll in this course after it has begun, up to the enrollment deadline date. Participants who enroll after the start date do not miss out on any components of the course.

There are no real time sessions.

The design of this course allows each participant to proceed based on individual schedule, as long as all assignments are submitted by the assignment submission deadline


Required Textbook

Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 6th edition by Donald Thrall DVM, PhD, DACVR; 2013 Elsevier

Important Text Information: This course utilizes a textbook. It is up to each participant to determine the best way to acquire the text. Some will already have the text in their library and, therefore, will not need to purchase another copy. Where to purchase and in what format is totally up to the participant. The text is available as a print publication and as an eBook.

VetMedTeam has an Elsevier Text Portal, which is provided as a courtesy, and enables the participant to receive a 25% discount on printed textbooks and a 35% discount on eBooks. To access this portal, please use the following link:

VetMedTeam's Elsevier Text Portal

Important: Regardless of what option the participant chooses, access to a copy of the textbook is mandatory. Without the text, the student will not be able to complete the assignments, case studies and examinations as the material is not reprinted within the course. If enrolling close to or beyond the course start date, it is recommended that the text be purchased as an eBook to prevent text acquisition related delays.


Additional Courses Using Required Text

The textbook used in this course is also used in the following course. Click on the course title below to view details regarding that course. Use your browser's back button to return to this course.

Radiology: Imaging of the Thoracic Cavity


Course Completion Requirements

This is an instructor led course, with no real time components or lectures. Completion requirements include:

  • Instructor Graded Interactive Module Assignments: Designed to help the participant reinforce newly learned material
  • Instructor Graded Interactive Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge though patient and practice based scenarios
  • Examinations: All examinations must be submitted with a score of 80% or better
  • Survey



...Alimentary tract section and normals were very helpful.

...All aspects of the course I liked and all were beneficial to me.

...A general review of radiology and focusing in more specific subjects.

...I really enjoyed the challenging radiographs and was happy with the response time from the instructor.

...I think that the material presented in the course reading was most helpful. Assignments did a nice job of offering the opportunity to cement the concepts presented in the material. The quizzed did a nice job of highlighting the most important concepts.

...I really like the instructor-Julie Ekedahl and her teaching technique! She doesn\'t give away the answer to the assignment but rather leads you through,encourages you to think and helps figure out the answer.

...the presence of an instructor to critique our findings is probably most important to me, since there is never anyone looking over my shoulder to give their informed opinion (i hear a lot of "that does look weird") in my real life.

...The text was great-consice and easy to read,with great radiographs.



Course Instructor

Julie Ekedahl, VMD, DACVRJulie Ekedahl, VMD, DACVR

Originally a native of the Southeast, Dr. Ekedahl graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Biology. After undergraduate, she worked in a research laboratory for a year before attending the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. After receiving her VMD, Dr. Ekedahl interned in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, followed by a residency in Radiology, also at UGA. She passed the Radiology Boards and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology.

After her residency, Dr. Ekedahl traveled for 8 months, visiting Africa, Asia, New Zealand and Australia before settling in Boise, Idaho with her husband. She started Veterinary Imaging Specialists of Idaho, PC that provides film interpretation and mobile ultrasound services.

Dr. Ekedahl is a member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, the AVMA, the IdahoVMA, and the Boise Academy. She is the mother of a three year old girl and five year old boy and she enjoys both tea parties and building with Legos. Her other interests include learning to play the fiddle, quilting, and telemark skiing.


Upcoming Sessions



Price: $193.00



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