To become a veterinary imaging technologist, you need to work at a School of Veterinary Medicine or large veterinary practice to learn how to use radiographic, ultrasound, CT and MRI equipment from the veterinarian and other technologists. Ideally the practice should employ or consult with an American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) board-certified radiologist. Also you should attend radiology, ultrasound, CT and MRI continuing education seminars and classes. Once trained, you may be asked to help perform radiographic, ultrasound, CT, and MRI examinations on animals under the supervision of a veterinarian and/or an ACVR board-cetiified radiologist..
Diagnostic Imaging Technician Specialty - There is currently no certification as a Veterinary imaging Technician, but there is an organizing committee of veterinary imaging technicians currently submitting a letter of intent to form the Academy of Veterinary Techicians in Diagnostic Imaging, with the title of Veterinary Technician Specialist – Diagnostic Imaging, (VTS-DI), through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). After the letter of intent is accepted by NAVTA the committee members will be working on the details for the petition submission to NAVTA. Contact Amy Cardwell, CVT <[email protected]> for more information.
How do I become a veterinary radiation oncology technologist?
Most veterinary radiation oncology technologists first become registered veterinary technologists as described above.
To obtain further training as veterinary radiation oncology technologist, you must work at a facility that specializes in veterinary radiation oncology (radiation therapy) under the direct supervision of an American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) board-certified radiation oncologist. You should consult with the radiation oncology techs at a School of Veterinary Medicine in your state to help you with the requirements and to locate a facility.
Facilities that employ veterinary radiation oncology technologists include those that have Veterinary Radiation Oncology Residency Training Programs since this is where veterinarians are trained to become ACVR board-certified radiation oncologists. There are also a number of private veterinary radiation oncology practices that train radiation oncologists and employ radiation oncology technologists as well.
Radiation Oncology Technician Specialty - A number of licensed/certified veterinary technicians are looking into starting a technician specialty group for radiation oncology. This process is just in the initial phases, but the group is interested in moving forward. If any of your radiation oncology technicians are interested in potentially taking part in this process please e-mail Dr. John Farrelly at [email protected] for more details.