RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Nurses

Course meets the requirements for 18 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.

RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Interactive Distance; Program Number 745147.

VetMedTeam is approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

VetMedTeam is approved as a Florida state sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians. The Florida Medical Board does not recognize technicians and therefore only addresses veterinarian CE requirements.


Flexible Open Enrollment and the Activity Requirements

This course is designed to be as schedule friendly as possible as we understand it can be hard to fit interactive CE into an already busy life. Open enrollment allows students to enroll in this course at any time. Students can expect to be able to access their course with 48 hours of enrollment submission.

The participant is not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures. The instructor will respond to an assignment submission, or a forum question, within 48 hours, with extended time for holidays.

Activity Requirements:

In order to remain in the course, a student must post assignments for grading on a regular, frequent, basis. Module or final exams, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.

However, the course is not designed to take months to complete. If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded as incomplete, as the lack of activity will indicate the student wishes to drop the course.

But What If Something Comes Up?:

There are times that students will have situations that interfere with their ability to work the course on a regular basis. In that case an email to VetMedTeam, as soon as such a situation arises, will allow us to work with the student to adjust the time frame. It all comes down to communication.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

Veterinary Medicine: Small Animal Respiratory and Cardiovascular Radiology is designed to help participants hone their radiographic evaluation skills. The course does not utilize practice resources.

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

  • develop a working knowledge of proper positioning and radiograph technique
  • evaluate normal and abnormal anatomy of the pharynx, larynx, trachea
  • recognize relevant radiographic anatomical thoracic landmarks in the thoracic sub systems
  • recognize thoracic abnormalities and list potential causes as well as basic pathophysiology
  • compare and contrast congenital and development abnormal thoracic wall
  • differentiate potential thoracic hernias
  • distinguish lung masses from mediastinal masses
  • diagnose pneumothorax
  • describe cardiac chamber enlargement and significance related to particular cardiac disease
  • differentiate cardiovascular abnormalities
  • describe normal and abnormal lung pattern

Completion requirements:

Instructor Graded Scenario Based Radiograph Evaluation Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge to the evaluation of images

Comprehension Quizzes: Must be submitted with a score of 80% or better, multiple attempts

Course Survey

A certificate of completion is provided.


Technology Requirements

Reading content within the course is provided via PDF therefore the ability to download files and open PDFs is required.

It is recommended that participants utilize a program such as MS Word to create, and save, their assignment submission to their computer. Then the information can be pasted into the assignment submission area.


Participant Feedback

...I have been a veterinarian for awhile, and I must admit my ability to read radiographs was on the downward slide. I am alone in my practice, so I do not have the ability to bounce ideas off of another veterinarian who may be able to help answer my questions. The course is exactly what I needed. Now I feel much more confidant at looking at chest radiographs, and of course I have no trouble sending them on to a radiologist if needed.

...This is my favorite course I have taken on VetMedTeam. I really learned a lot from the textbook but the best part was actually applying it to interpreting all of the radiographs.

...I like being able to finish course work on my time at home without traveling to a conference. Also, clinically relevant material.

...Most beneficial is the direct contact with the instructor through Assignment. As a student you must apply yourself and give your best and you must learn hard.

...I did like the way the course was structured and also the case studies allowed to cover al the fundamentals.


Course Instructor

Robert Cruz, DVM, MSc. Dipl. ACVRRobert Cruz, DVM, MSc. Dipl. ACVR

Dr. Cruz completed his degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Zulia, Venezuela. He completed a combined residency/master of science program in Veterinary Radiology/Radiological Health Sciences, respectively, at Colorado State University. He then obtained the diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Radiology(ACVR). Dr. Cruz was a visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University and an assistant professor of veterinary radiology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He then decided to go into private practice. He is currently a consultant/staff radiologist at Antech Imaging Services.

Dr. Cruz has multiple publications in indexed scientific journals. In addition he has had research papers/abstracts, from previous university work, presented, in oral and poster format, at scientific meetings in America and Europe.



Price: $233.00 USD

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