The Role of the Veterinary Radiologist
As you begin navigating your pet’s care following a cancer diagnosis, one of the things you may notice is that we often use the expertise of a veterinary radiologist. But, who is this veterinary professional, and what role do they play in your pet’s care?
We thought we’d shed some light on this important work, and talk about the tools and resources that veterinary radiologists bring to enhance the overall care and treatment our pet patients receive at Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center.
What Is a Board Certified Radiologist?
There are several specialties in veterinary medicine — just as in human medicine. These include, but are not limited to, the fields of oncology, dermatology, surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, and radiology. Radiologists have completed extensive and specialized training over and above generalized veterinary medicine.
After completing an undergraduate degree and then a 4-year veterinary degree (DVM), veterinary radiologists go on to a rotating internship, followed by a 3-year Radiology Residency Program where they are trained in all diagnostic imaging modalities including
Radiology, Ultrasound, CT, MRI, and nuclear medicine. After they complete their residency, they must also pass comprehensive and difficult examinations in order to achieve board certification. Once board certified, they achieve the distinction of Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiologists (DACVR).
What Is the role of the Veterinary Radiologist?
Veterinary radiologists specialize in the field of diagnostic imaging. They are experts at reviewing images or disease revealed on radiographic ultrasonographic, CT, MRI and nuclear medicine studies. Some veterinary radiologists perform the diagnostic imaging, while others interpret and advise on the images that other veterinarians provide to them. Vet radiologists also are trained to do interventional diagnostic procedures such as US guided FNAS and biopsies.
The diagnostic information provided by the veterinary radiologist to the primary veterinarian is crucial for accurate patient management and treatment.
We’re fortunate to have these amazing professionals on staff at VOSRC, and having their expertise helps our veterinarians to provide accurate cancer diagnosis and exceptional treatment for your pet. We are proud to offer these services to our clients and patients, and to be here for you when you need an expert.
Call us with any questions you may have. We’re here to help!