Veterinary Radiology: Exotics Diagnostic Imaging

Learn Exotics Diagnostic Imaging…

from anywhere in the world



Course Highlights

  • 100% online and at your own pace
  • 11 video lessons walk you through diagnostic imaging of exotic avian, reptilian, and mammalian patients
  • A (bonus!) pdf guide of REAL exotic radiographs is included to interact as you progress through the courseX-ray result of bird
  • Learn theory and experience demonstrations of radiographs on many exotic species with Jorge Mercado (DVM).
  • After each module, you will use your knowledge to interpret radiographs from real cases
  • Support exotics rescue, rehabilitation, and research in Belize
  • Earn a “Certificate of Exotics Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging” from Loop Abroad

The exotics clinic is your classroom

Learn the basics of radiology and diagnostic imaging from an exotics veterinarian. By the end of the course, you’ll have new diagnostic imaging terminology and skills to advance your veterinary career!

Students in the Veterinary Radiology Internship (Online) will learn the fundamentals of veterinary radiography and diagnostic imaging through case study videos of avian and exotics species, including:

Jaguar sedated and prepared for X-ray

  • Jaguars
  • Raptors
  • Lizards
  • Turtles
  • Snakes
  • Rabbits
  • Rats

…and more. Learn how to safely utilize diagnostic imaging equipment and interpret common veterinary cases. 

Lead Instructor: Jorge Luis Mercado Ortega, DVM

Supporting Instructor: Sarah Mann, Founder of the Belize Raptor Center

You can join this self-paced video course from anywhere on earth. It was recorded at the Belize Raptor Center and your tuition helps to support their important rescue work!

Skills and topics you won’t learn anywhere else

Learn how to:Baby sea turtle pointed by man's hand with a surgical globe

  • Properly prepare patients for diagnostic imaging
  • Verify and adhere to safety procedures 
  • Operate a wide range of imaging devices
  • Produce quality images to ensure the right diagnosis can be made
  • Use newly acquired knowledge to interpret imaging results

Study special topics in exotics medicine:

  • Introduction to x-rays and basics of Computed Tomography (CT), MRIs, and ultrasoundX-ray film result
  • The role of diagnostic imaging in veterinary medicine
    • Respiratory disease and thoracic x-Rays
    • Cardiac disease and thoracic x-Rays
    • Abdominal disease and abdominal x-Rays
    • Dental disease and dental x-rays
    • Musculoskeletal anatomy of the skull, shoulder, elbow, carpus, hip, tarsus, and more of small animals and wildlife
  • Sonography in veterinary medicine
  • Case studies: diagnostic assessment, diagnosis, and treatment

Interns who pass the quizzes after each module will be awarded a Certificate of Exotics Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging from Loop Abroad.


Since many students have had difficulty finding shadowing or volunteer experiences due to COVID-19, we are heavily discounting tuition to help students meet their goals.

Tuition: $595 $399 only

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