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Veterinary Radiography

Course Code: VTEC 2109
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Veterinary Technology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: Fall
course overview

This course will detail all aspects of veterinary radiography. Topics include the theoretical aspects of radiography, radiation safety, patient handling techniques, taking, processing and evaluation of radiographs to ensure diagnostic quality. Enrolment is limited to students in the Veterinary Technology Program.

Course Content

The major topics in this course include the following:

  1. Terminology and principles of veterinary radiology
  2. Radiation Safety and Safety Practices
        - proper use of radiography equipment and accessories
        - proper use and maintenance of personal protective equipment
  3. Generation of radiographs for evaluation
        - positioning techniques for small animals
        - exposure variables and techniques
        -  radiographic studies of body regions
        - specialized techniques for identification of specific conditions
  4. Development, storage and handling of radiographs
        - use of specialized screens and grids
        - routine identification procedures
        - proper storage of unexposed and exposed films
        - automatic processing of radiographic films
  5. Types and maintenance of radiographic equipment
        - care and maintenance of the x-ray unit
        - the processor, screens and personal protective equipment
        - proper storage, maintenance and disposal of processing fluids

Methods of Instruction

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

Means of Assessment

The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. A final minimum cumulative grade of “C” or 60% is required (in both lecture and lab components) in order to pass this course. Evaluation will be based on quizzes and assignments, practical evaluations including a final practical examination, at least one midterm and a final written examination.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the formation and principles of X-rays.
  2. Explain the function of an X-ray machine and the principles of radiographic image formation.
  3. Implement and maintain appropriate radiation safety measures.
  4. Operate an X-ray machine.
  5. Position companion animals for routine radiographic evaluations.
  6. Store, handle, label and process radiographic film.
  7. Operate and maintain an automatic radiographic film processor.
  8. Perform regular checks and maintenance on accessory radiographic equipment.

course prerequisites

Successful completion of Year 1 of the Veterinary/Animal Health Technology Program



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.

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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.