About American College of Veterinary Radiology

The American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) was founded in 1961 to determine competence of voluntary candidates in veterinary radiology and to encourage the development of teaching personnel and training facilities in veterinary radiology. Veterinary radiology encompasses both the specialties of diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology. The ACVR is an AVMA Recognized Veterinary Specialty Organization incorporated under the laws of the state of Illinois as a non-profit organization of veterinary specialists in Radiology and Radiation Oncology. To learn more about specialization in veterinary medicine, see the American Board of Veterinary Specialties of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The ACVR is not an institution of higher education and is not authorized to award degrees or college credit. The objective of the ACVR is "the advancement of the art and science of radiology" by:

  • Protecting the public against incompetence in the practice of radiology by conducting investigations and examinations to determine the competence of voluntary candidates for certificates issued by the College.
  • Conferring certification upon candidates who have successfully demonstrated their proficiency in the field of veterinary radiology.
  • Encouraging the development of teaching personnel and training facilities in veterinary radiology.
  • Providing guidelines and approving residencies, training programs and fellowships in the field of veterinary radiology under consideration by the Council on Education of the AVMA.
  • Advising veterinarians who desire certification in the field of veterinary radiology as to the course of study and training to be pursued.

As of September 7, 2014, the ACVR membership includes 549 active Diplomates. There are 454 Diplomates in Radiology, 77 Diplomates in Radiation Oncology, 18 Diplomates holding dual certification, and 232 Society Only members. The College has 5 Emeritus, 21 Retired, and 1 Associate Member. There are 116 Resident Members-in-Training; 101 Residents in Radiology and 15 in Radiation Oncology. The ACVR also sponsors four specialty societies. The Veterinary Ultrasound Society (VUS) has 526 members, the Society of Veterinary Nuclear Medicine (SVNM) has 106 members, the CT/MRI Society has 494 members, and the Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging Society (LADIS) has 143 members.