Abdominal Imaging | Centre for Veterinary Education

Abdominal Imaging

Develop a greater understanding of the benefits of abdominal radiography and improve your imaging evaluation of common abdominal diseases.

This course focuses on a radiographic approach to abdominal imaging but will supplement radiographic imaging with other imaging modalities. The usefulness of ultrasonography will be explored for imaging abdominal viscera and, where relevant, the application of other modalities such as computer tomography (CT) will be discussed and demonstrated.

While this is not primarily an ultrasound course, the comparative usefulness of radiography and ultrasound will be included wherever possible. You can expect to further your knowledge of ultrasound and its indications. You will not be required to have an ultrasound machine in your practice; for those that do, however, there will be some practical sonographic tasks.

The course is broken into modules which deal with imaging in the vomiting patient (Module 1), the usefulness of imaging for evaluation of viscera (Module 2) and looking at the urogenital tract (Module 3). Participants regularly comment that they were amazed by how much more confidence they had with approaching imaging of the abdomen after the course, and were filled with confidence about tackling more difficult cases in practice. The workshop provides excellent opportunities to work through different modalities and problems, and whilst learning from your colleagues in a supportive manner.  

Diagnostic Imaging Program

This course is part of our year-long Diagnostic Imaging Program which has been broken down into 3 more manageable parts: Abdominal, Musculoskeletal and Thoracic Imaging.

Each is a discrete unit on its own but together they form a formidable Imaging educational program. The introductory imaging module is completed only once when you enrol in the first unit; units may be completed in any order.

The other units are:

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of the benefits of using radiography to evaluate the abdomen, in the context of all imaging modalities

  • Gain an understanding of the comparative modalities (especially ultrasound, and also CT and other modalities) in abdominal imaging, and applications of each modality

  • Develop an ordered and logical approach for imaging and evaluation of the vomiting dog or cat

  • Gain an appreciation of the possible imaging appearances of common abdominal diseases including pancreatitis, liver and splenic disease, intestinal obstruction and peritoneal effusions


  1. Compulsory Introductory Module*

  2. Gastrointestinal Tract

  3. Abdominal Viscera and Cavities

  4. The Urogenital System

*The introductory module is a pre-requirement for each imaging course (Thoracic, Abdominal, Musculoskeletal). If you complete the introductory module in one of the courses, you will not be required to complete it again should you register for one of the other imaging courses.

Course Delivery

This online course comes with:

  • A set of detailed written notes, images and videos

  • Self-assessed quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and tutors

  • A monthly assignment based on case studies and technical skills. Individual feedback and explanations will be provided by your tutors

  • A 1 day workshop to put into practice the knowledge you have gained by working through case studies and technical skills 

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 $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 $250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

For the full terms and conditions please see our Terms.

Distance Education

Wednesday 1 August - Friday 30 November 2018
1-Day Workshop
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
31 December 2017
Early Bird
30 April 2018


BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Radiology)

Zoe Lenard graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1999. She worked in small animal practice in inner Sydney for 4 years, before moving to Perth, Western Australia. At Murdoch University, Zoe undertook a residency in Diagnostic Imaging (2003-2006) and became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Radiology in 2007. Zoe is a Director of the Veterinary Imaging Centre and Perth Veterinary Specialists, adjunct Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University and is a tutor for the CVE Abdominal Imaging Distance Education course.

Course fees
Thoracic Imaging – Member*$1,729$1,815$1,872
Thoracic Imaging – Non-member / eMember$1,820$1,910$1,970
Compulsory imaging module – Member*$575$603$622
Compulsory imaging module – Non-member / eMember$605$635$655

Please note: All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars AND you must be a qualified veterinarian to enrol in this courses.

If you completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on the next DE course/s. Contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.disted@sydney.edu.au to redeem this discount.

Further details

Have a question? Your answer could be on our frequently asked questions page. If you cannot find an answer for your question, please email us or call us on +61 2 9351 7979.