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 course
  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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 ultrasound 
  • 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 

Meet your Instructor

Exotics Veterinarian

Jorge Mercado, DVM

Dr. Jorge Mercado is a wildlife veterinarian from Mexico working at the Belize Raptor Center. He comes to us with various zoo and wildlife experience, including focused studies on lions, tigers, and birds such as blue-footed bobbies, pelicans, and raptors. Dr Mercado graduated from The National Autonomous University of Mexico School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry (UNAM), the most prestigious veterinary school in Latin America.

Veterinary Radiology: Exotics Diagnostic Imaging

  1. 1
    • Welcome to the course!

    • Download the radiograph case studies (PDF)

    • General Radiology, Part 1

    • Sign the Online Course Agreement

    • General Radiology, Part 2

    • General Radiology, Part 3

    • General Radiology Quiz

  2. 2
    • Avian Radiology, Part 1

    • Avian Radiology, Part 2

    • Avian Radiology, Part 3

    • Avian Radiology Quiz

  3. 3
    • Reptile Radiology, Part 1

    • Reptile Radiology, Part 2

    • Reptile Radiology, Part 3

    • Reptile Radiology Quiz

  4. 4
    • Mammal Radiology, Part 1

    • Mammal Radiology, Part 2

    • Mammal Radiology Quiz

  5. 5
    • Prepare a falcon for a radiograph