QUIZ TIME! Working w/ the CVCA School Of Medical Professions, Part 1

I’ve been fortunate over the past couple of years to spend some time with Juniors and Seniors from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy‘s School of Medical Professions (SOMP). Mr. Rick Lyons has put together a very good program that both exposes the medically inclined high school students to a variety of career options as well as prepares them for the rigorous academic environment that awaits these kids when they arrive at the college or university of choice.

When the SOMP students arrive at the Cuyahoga Falls Veterinary Clinic to talk about the ins and outs of veterinary medicine, what life is like for a veterinarian and how an interested student would prepare for veterinary college, I take them through a series of radiographs that high-light some interesting cases that are representative of what a day might be like for a companion-animal veterinarian.

I’ll share them here, ask the questions that I ask of the students, and you can attempt to answer them yourself. Feel free to use the comment section below to share your answers. Here’s Part 1…


This is a radiograph of a dog laying on her side.

What do you see?

How Many?


This is a radiograph of a dog laying on her back.

What do you see?

With what organ are these associated?


(a) (b)
(c) (d)

Radiographs (a) & (c ) are from the same dog, and radiographs (b) & (d) are from the same dog. These are radiographs of the chests of two dogs. The first two are taken with the dogs laying on their sides, the second two are taken with the dogs laying on their backs.

What do you see?

Compare and contrast.


You’ll recognize the first radiograph here as a repeat from the third group. Both of these radiographs were taken with the dogs laying on their sides.

What do you see?

Compare and contrast.

Well? How confident are you at radiology? I’ve been impressed with the high schoolers over the years. Some of them are pretty sharp and can reason through these films and come to some pretty accurate conclusions, and it’s clear that they’ve worked hard in their Anatomy & Physiology class. It’s events such as these that give me a good feeling about the future of our medical professions.

Stay tuned for Part 2, where I’ll share another group of radiographs for you to review.


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