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Veterinary Radiology 1

Course Code: AHTT 2109
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will detail all aspects of veterinary radiography. Topics will range from theoretical aspects of veterinary radiology and radiation safety to patient handling techniques... Enrolment is limited to students in the Animal Health Technology Program.

Course Content

The major topics in the course include:

1. Terminology and principles of veterinary radiology

- generation of X-rays

- physics of radiology

- operation of X-ray and imaging equipment

2. Radiation safety

-  proper use of radiology equipment and accessories

-  understanding of protective devices and practices

3. Generation of radiographs for evaluation

-  positioning techniques for small animals

-  exposure variables and techniques

-  radiographic studies of  body systems

-  specialized techniques for identification of conditions

-  performance of extra-oral radiographs

4. Development, storage and handling of radiographs

-  use of specialized screens and grids

-  routine identification procedures

-  proper storage of unexposed and exposed films

-  manual and automatic processing of radiographic films

5. Types and maintenance of radiographic equipment

-  advantages of various types of X-ray units

-  indications for film and screen types and sizes

-  proper storage, maintenance and disposal of processing fluids

Methods of Instruction

This course involves three hours per week of classroom instruction and two hours per week of laboratory activity.

Means of Assessment

TYPE OF EVALUATION                                                       PERCENTAGE (total 100%)

Quizzes                                                                                            20-40%

Laboratory Assignments & Projects                                                       20-40

Preparation, Participation & Attendance                                                   10

Final Examination                                                                              20-30

Grades:      A+ 95-100,      A 90-94,      A- 85-89,      B+ 80-84,      B 75-79,      B- 70-74,


                   C+ 65-69,         C 60-64,      C- 55-59,      P 50-54,        F 0-49.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the formation and principles of X-rays.

2.  Explain the function of X-ray generating apparatus.

3.  Operate X-ray generating apparatus.

4.  Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of image formation.

5.  Position companion animals for routine radiographic evaluations.

6.  Understand the techniques required to perform routine extra-oral dental radiographs.

7.  Store, handle, identify and process radiographic film.

8.  Understand the operation and routine maintenance of an automatic X-ray processor.

9.  Implement and maintain appropriate radiation safety measures.

10.  Perform regular maintenance on accessory radiographic equipment.

course prerequisites

AHTT 1203 Veterinary Care 2

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.