Principles of Small Animal Thoracic Radiology | Centre for Veterinary Education

Principles of Small Animal Thoracic Radiology

This course is aimed at veterinarians who would like to improve their diagnosis skills in thoracic radiology.

We will build on basic radiographic principles such as border effacement and summation to understand the radiographic appearance of common thoracic diseases.

We will also explore common radiographic features of diseases involving the lung, mediastinum, pleural space and thoracic wall, applying them to a large number of examples.  

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand basic radiographic principles including border effacement, summation and distortion as they apply to thoracic radiographs

  • Localise lesions to the lung, mediastinum, pleural space or thoracic wall

  • Identify and describe radiographic features of common diseases of the lung, mediastinal, pleural and thoracic wall

  • Create a list of differential diagnosis on a combination of radiographic signs and describe your knowledge of an animal’s clinical problem


  1. Radiographic principles (border effacement, summation, superimposition, magnification, distortion) 

  2. Principles of lesion localisation

  3. Case based approach to radiographic features of thoracic diseases 1

  4. Case based approach to radiographic features of thoracic diseases 2

Course Delivery

This course includes:

  • Written notes, photographs, videos and case studies

  • Self-assessed multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutors

  • An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the course

The estimated time to complete this course is 10 hours and it will be open for 4 weeks.


Monday 26 March - Sunday 22 April 2018
Delivered Online


DrMedVet Dipl. ECVDI

Mariano Makara earned his veterinary degree at the University of La Plata, Argentina. In January 2005, he began a radiology internship with Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine, under the guidance and direction of Dr. Joe Morgan, where a significant part of his responsibilities included reading radiographs and performing ultrasound examinations. He then moved to the University of Zurich in Switzerland where he completed a residency program in diagnostic imaging and passed his certification exams for the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in March 2010. Following this he was promoted to Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich where he was responsible for each of the diagnostic modalities including diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, and CT in both small and large animals. He has also served as an Associate Professor at St. George’s University. His research interests have centred around computed tomography angiography and he has completed research projects in thoracic computed tomography angiography contrast medium injection technique and use in diagnosis of infections with Angiostrongylus vasorum in dogs. Mariano is currently the Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging, at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Sydney University.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$289
Student Member$145
Non-member / eMember$578
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or to register.