Some of you finding this site might be wondering what exactly a Veterinary Radiologist is. There are actually many specialties in Veterinary Medicine that are similar to those in human medicine, like Radiology, Medicine, Surgery, and Emergency and Critical Care. All diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Radiology have been trained for 3-4 years after graduating from veterinary school, and have passed an exam giving them specialist status (DACVR). The European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging certifies Veterinary Radiologists in Europe (DECVDI). The ACVR also certifies veterinarians who specialize in radiation therapy for animals with cancer, which is called radiation oncology.
Veterinary Radiologists are experts in interpreting radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) and nuclear scintigraphy in animals. Radiology is an essential, non-invasive part of many medical workups in animals, from a chest x-ray to check the size of the heart, to an abdominal ultrasound to look for an intestinal foreign body. We are part of the team of veterinary professionals that can contribute to an animal’s care. Research is an important part of our quest to expand the boundaries of what we know about diagnostic imaging and treatment at veterinary schools and in private practice.
Veterinary Radiologists are available to support your veterinarian in performing and interpreting imaging studies. Find out more at the American College of Veterinary Radiology pages for owners.