RACE Approved Interactive For Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Nurses and VHMA Approved

Course meets the requirements for 12 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: Asynchronous Interactive Distance; Program Number 945943.

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 Veterinary Medicine: Small Animal Radiology of the Esophagus and Stomach is to help veterinarians increase their radiograph reading skills as an aid in the diagnosis of abnormalities of the esophagus and stomach. To reach that goal, the course provides scenario-based assignments and images, created by the board-certified radiologist instructor, designed to give participants the opportunity to sharpen their skills by evaluating real-life cases.

Determining when there are image problems, how to correct, and what considerations to keep in mind during the evaluation process allows participants to hone and practice their reading skills. Developing a differential list, additional diagnostic steps, reaching a diagnosis, and general treatment considerations are evaluated as well. The instructor reviews and grades each assignment submission and provides expert feedback for each individual student.

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

  • develop a working knowledge of proper positioning and radiograph technique to evaluate the esophagus and stomach in dogs and cats
  • evaluate normal and abnormal anatomy of the esophagus and stomach
  • recognize relevant radiographic anatomical landmarks in the abdominal cavity in relationship with the stomach
  • recognize radiographic patterns of esophageal abnormalities
  • compare and contrast potential causes as well as basic pathophysiology
  • recognize esophageal foreign bodies, dilation/megaesophagus, obstruction, and neoplasia
  • recognize radiographic patterns of stomach abnormalities
  • compare and contrast potential causes as well as basic pathophysiology
  • recognize gastric foreign bodies, acute gastric dilations and volvulus, chronic pyloric obstruction, gastric ulcers, gastric neoplasia, and diffuse diseases of the stomach

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

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.


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: $169.00 USD

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