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.

This course does not require employment.


Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements

The format of this course is asynchronous interactive distance medical. New students may enroll at any time.

The goal of the Veterinary Medicine: Small Animal Respiratory and Cardiovascular Radiology course is to help clinicians hone their radiographic evaluation skills via numerous radiographic evaluation assignments, images and scenarios provided, which are submitted to the instructor, a board certified veterinary radiologist, for review, grading, and feedback.

This course reviews radiographic evaluation of the pharynx, larynx, and trachea, followed by radiographic techniques, normal radiographic anatomy, abnormalities, and interpretations. Thoracic wall and diaphragm abnormalities (congenital and traumatic) are covered, along with mediastinal abnormalities. It also reviews plural space abnormalities (pneumothorax, pleural fluid and interlobular fissures), heart and pulmonary abnormalities (enlargement, cardiomegaly, CHF, mitral insufficiency, etc.) and lung abnormalities (including bronchial and interstitial patterns, cardiogenic pulmonary edema and lung lobe torsion).

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.


How Does the Enrollment Process Work?

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.

Once the course payment transaction has been submitted, we will receive a notification of enrollment. In addition, the student will be sent a couple of "heads up" emails. The payment receipt will be sent to the email address designated in the payment page of the shopping cart, by the person who paid.

There is a post-payment manual process we must complete in order to add the new student to the course.

Completing enrollments as quickly as possible is a priority but it can take a full 24 hours, especially on weekends and holidays. Once fully enrolled. the student will be sent a course welcome email containing important information, including how to access and log into the course.


Activity Requirements

Students are not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures.

In order to remain active in the course, a student must post assignments on a regular basis. Module or final exams, reading or viewing training materials, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. Assignments are course activites that require submission to the instructor for review, grading (pass/fail) and feedback. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.

If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded out 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.


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

When asked what aspects of the course liked best some responses were:

...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.

...I liked the feedback from an actual boarded specialist. I also loved that it was more than 'read material, answer questions.

... At first I was disappointed that it wasn't lecture based, but that I had to read a book chapter. I quickly discovered that the course material (book chapters) were jammed packed with everything!

...The assignments were very good real life examples. They were great for solidifying the concepts presented in the reading. Dr. Cruz' thorough and quick feedback was also incredibly helpful!


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: $220.00 USD

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