7 Top Veterinary Radiology Programs

Veterinary radiology is a growing field with many opportunities to offer recently graduated and returning DVMs. If you are considering this exciting specialization, you will first need to complete a residency. The programs on this list are the top veterinary radiology residencies in the country and allow residents to study and work under lauded faculty and learn on the best possible equipment. Read on to learn more about these impressive schools.

Cornell University
Address : Ithaca, NY

In 2011, U.S. News & World report named Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine the top school of veterinary medicine in the country. Included in this ranking is the Ithaca, New York-based university's Residency in Diagnostic Imaging. Residents at Cornell have the opportunity to work in both the school's Companion Animal and Equine & Farm Animal hospitals, alongside faculty ACVR diplomates. The residency program also includes training in fluoroscopy, ultrasonography, and information technology.

Colorado State University
Address : Fort Collins, CO

In addition to being ranked in the top 5 of all U.S. schools of veterinary medicine, the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in Fort Collins, Colorado also has a top residency in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. In addition to diagnostic imaging, residents at CSU are trained in radiation therapy, which is largely used in veterinary oncology and is a further specialization in the field. The residency is for a three-year term, with the expectation that those who complete the program will stay on for a fourth year as clinical instructors.

Notably, the CSU facilities include access to a Gemini TruFlight Big-Bore PET/CT imaging system, which is the first of its kind to make an appearance in a veterinary teaching hospital. In addition, residents will also have the opportunity to use a Large-Animal Gamma Camera, which is one of only two in the state of Colorado.

University of Pennsylvania
Address : Philadelphia, PA

At the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Radiology residents work under the supervision of some of the most highly regard radiologists in their field. Five ACVR diplomates supervise residents in the areas of roentgen diagnosis, diagnostic ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and nuclear medicine. Over the course of their 36-month residency, residents will gain experience at both the Ryan Small Animal Hospital and the New Bolton Center Large Animal Hospital, which are equipped with state-of-the-art radiology equipment. Residents are also required to complete and publish a clinical research project over the course of their stay at PennVet.

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Address : Madison, WI

The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus offers a three year radiology residency program. The residency includes 12 months of small animal diagnostic radiology training along with 9 months of diagnostic ultrasound, 3 months in large animal diagnostic radiology, and 3 months in computer tomography. Additionally, residents will focus for 1-3 months in the areas of magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear imaging, and radiographic special procedures in addition to one month of training in radiation oncology.

University of Georgia
Address : Athens, GA

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine offers a radiology residency in their Department of Veterinary Biosciences & Diagnostic Imaging. The three-year program is supervised by four diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and includes both didactic coursework and hands-on experience in the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In the radiology clinic, residents can expect to work with small, large, and exotic animals as well as gain experience in radiation therapy and other special procedures. Second and third year residents are also required to teach veterinary courses to and conduct laboratories with veterinary students.

North Carolina State University
Address : Raleigh, NC

The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, located in Raleigh, North Carolina (in conjunction with the School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC) is among the top five highest regarded veterinary medicine programs in the country. NC State offers a residency in veterinary radiology that lasts for three formal years with the expectation of a fourth year as a teaching scholar. At NC State, two faculty radiologist are on clinic duty every day for maximum teaching exposure for the residents.
Residents are expected to complete a manuscript for submission to a peer reviewed journal during the course of their residency as well as attend the American College of Veterinary Radiology national meeting during their third year in the program.

Ohio State University
Address : Columbus, OH

Residents in the Ohio State University radiology residency program will receive training in small and large animal diagnostic radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, nuclear medicine, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. During the post-graduate residency, students will pursue a Master's of Science and be prepared for the certifying examinations for the American College of Veterinary Radiology. OSU offers mock examinations during the first two years of the programs in order to prepare students for their eventual certification with ACVR.
Five full-time faculty members, each of whom are ACVR diplomates, supervise the residents throughout their stay at OSU. Each resident has their own clinical advisor as well as a radiology mentor and a thesis committee. OSU offers mock examinations during the first two years of the programs in order to prepare students for their eventual certification with ACVR.

Methodology

Veterinary Radiology residency programs are highly specialized. As of 2014, there are only 18 programs that have been approved by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR). When creating this list, we only looked at ACVR approved programs. Additionally, we considered a few other factors, as follows:

  1. Reputation of the Veterinary School. Each program on this list is part of a larger veterinary school. We chose programs from the very best schools in the country, with 5 of 7 of these residencies coming from the top 5 schools of veterinary medicine in the U.S., as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

  2. Radiology Faculty. No educational program can function without its faculty. The best veterinary radiology professors in the country supervise the residencies on this list. These faculty have published research in respected journals of veterinary medicine, won awards for teaching, and proven themselves dedicated to the success of their students at every level.

  3. Radiology Equipment
    Veterinary radiology is unique as compared to some other advanced veterinary medicine programs because it relies heavily on costly, new technology. In order to prepared to work as a veterinary radiologist, residents must know how to work with the most advanced equipment. Not all schools have access to the most impressive veterinary radiology equipment, but the residencies on this list do.

Barry Franklin (Editor)

Barry is the Managing Editor of VetTechColleges.com, operated by educational web publisher Sechel Ventures Partners LLC, which he co-founded. Previously, Barry served as a VP at a Silicon Valley software company. In addition to running editorial operations at Sechel, Barry also serves on the Board of Trustees at a local K-8 school, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. He presently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family and their black maltipoo.