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Diagnostic Imaging: Thoracic Distance Education

Diagnostic Imaging: Thoracic Distance Education

Improve your diagnostic skills and avoid common mistakes in thoracic diagnosis.

Thoracic radiography is one of the most useful clinical tests undertaken in clinical practice and yet one of the most frequently cited areas of confusion.

This course aims to increase your ability to take optimal thoracic radiographs and to interpret them confidently. The modules focus on radiographic interpretation, with incorporation of complementary imaging modalities, particularly CT and sonography, to assist in explanations of the radiographic pathological patterns present.

Dogs, cats and exotics are all discussed with tutor written notes, case studies, self assessed quizzes and individual feedback enhancing the application of your learning. Make the most of the online forum to ask questions and share cases. Get to know your tutor and colleagues at the one-day face-to-face workshop.

Past Participant:

I now feel so much more confident in interpreting thoracic radiographs in practice and have a tonne of information to refer to. The course was excellent.
Emma Tragar, Brighton Veterinary Hospital, SA

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Improve your knowledge and expertise in the technical aspects of veterinary radiography that contribute to image formation (Introductory Module)
  • Improve your radiological knowledge and expertise as it applies to radiography of thoracic structures
  • Develop a greater understanding of the radiographic manifestations of pathological processes involving the cardiac and respiratory systems
  • Improve your ability to evaluate radiographic changes that involve the mediastinal structures and the pleural space
  • Understand when complementary imaging studies such as sonography and CT are useful for the diagnosis and management of systemic and cardiothoracic diseases.


  1. Introductory imaging module
  2. The heart
  3. The lungs
  4. The pleural space, mediastinum and diaphragm

This distance education course includes an optional 1-day interactive workshop in Sydney NSW. Date to be confirmed.

Diagnostic Imaging Program

Our year-long Diagnostic Imaging DE course has been broken down into 3 manageable and independent parts: Thoracic, Musculoskeletal and Abdominal Imaging.


Each is a discrete unit on its own but together they form a formidable imaging educational program. Each unit has an interactive workshop – a major drawcard – where you have the opportunity to apply the theory you have learnt under the watchful eye of your tutor. You also benefit from the group experience of learning with, and from, your peers.

The introductory imaging module is a prerequisite for each unit; this needs to be completed only once, prior to studying your first unit. If you enrol in all 3 units, the whole program comprises 10 modules.

What is Distance Education?

Premium, intensive online veterinary CPD

All CVE Distance Education (DE) programs are mentored by leading veterinary experts who will provide individual feedback and advice on completion of each monthly module. Each module may include written content, technique videos, self-reflections, quizzes and online submission of monthly assignments.

Maximise the opportunity to expand and consolidate your learning by participating in the tutor moderated group discussion forum and attending the optional 1-day interactive workshop, with an emphasis on working through case studies and group discussion.

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians.

Pay as you learn

Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a AU$1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.
Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional AU$250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

Course fees Member* Super Early Bird Member* Early Bird Member* Full  Rate Non-member Rate 
Thoracic Imaging $1956 $2010 $2065 $2174
Compulsory Imaging Module $619 $636 $653 $688

*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time Professional, Recent Graduate, and Academic members.

Loyalty DE Discount: Completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on future DE courses. Discounts are not cumulative. For further information about discount options for multiple registrations at the one event, please read the full Terms. To redeem your discount contact the CVE via email or phone +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm).

Note: Compulsory introductory module only needs to be completed once. If you enrol in other Diagnostic Imaging modules you will not be required to complete this Introductory module again.
Distance Education
Monday, 01 February 2021 to
Monday, 31 May 2021
135 CPD Point/s

Super Early Bird
31 Jul 2020
Early Bird
31 Oct 2020

Delivered Online

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Dr Robert Nicoll
Robert Nicoll
Dr Robert Nicoll
Robert Nicoll
Prior to specialising in diagnostic imaging, Robert worked in mixed veterinary practice for several years in Bathurst, NSW. After undertaking his residency training at the Universi...


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