Diagnostic Imaging: Thoracic | Centre for Veterinary Education

Diagnostic Imaging: Thoracic

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.

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:

  • 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. Compulsory Introductory Module*
  2. The Heart
  3. The Lungs
  4. The Pleural Space, Mediastinum and Diaphragm

*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:

  • Comprehensive 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
  • Keeping DE notes in digital format saves almost 300 000 sheets of paper, 1 500 000L of water and 30 trees.

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

Saturday 1 February - Sunday 31 May 2020
1-Day Workshop
Sydney: TBA
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June 2019
Early Bird
31 October 2019



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 University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, he returned to Australia and with Graeme Allan, Robert formed Veterinary Imaging Associates and subsequently, their teleradiology practice Online-Vets.com, providing an international diagnostic service. In addition to private referral practice, he worked as a clinical consultant in diagnostic imaging and taught veterinary students at The University of Sydney from 1997 until 2008. Since 1998, Robert has been a tutor in the Diagnostic Imaging Distance Education course for the Centre of Veterinary Education and has developed a special digital radiography stream for those who have made (or are looking to make) the leap into filmless radiography. Robert is an associate editor of Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound and also of The Australian Veterinary Journal.

Course Fees
Thoracic Imaging – Member*$1815$1905$2065
Compulsory imaging module – Member*$603$633$653
Thoracic Imaging – Non-member / eMember$1911$2006$2174
Compulsory imaging module – Non-member / eMember$635$667$688

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

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

^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.

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 & Conditions. To redeem your discount contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 (Monday to Friday, AEST 9am to 5pm) or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au.


Note: Enrol in a Distance Education course and pay in full before 31 October 2019 to save up to $250 and go in the draw to win a $1,000 CVE voucher. Winner announced 8 November 2019.