Photo by Henry Moore, Jr., College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University.
Veterinary Imaging or Radiation Oncology Technologist
How do I become a veterinary imaging technologist?
Licensing for veterinary technologists is under the jurisdiction of each state. The requirements may vary from state to state and ideally you should consult with the radiology and ultrasound techs at a veterinary school in your state or at a large veterinary practice near you. See Approved Radiology Residency Training Programs where you will find veterinary imaging techs. The techs should be able to help you with the requirements. Your state may also have a Registered Veterinary Technicians Association. For example, here is the RVTA for California. Also see the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) for additional information.
To become a veterinary imaging technologist, you need to work at a large veterinary practice to learn how to use radiographic and ultrasound 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 and ultrasound continuing education seminars and classes. Once trained, you may be asked to perform radiographic and/or ultrasound examinations on animals under the supervision of a veterinarian.
There is currently no certification as a Veterinary imaging Technician, but there is an organizing committee of Veterinary Imaging Techs currently submitting a letter of intent to form the Academy of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, with the title of Veterinary Technician Specialist – Diagnostic Imaging, (VTS-DI), for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, NAVTA in September 2015. After the letter of intent is accepted by NAVTA the chair committee members will be working on the details for the final petition submission to NAVTA for 2016. Contact Amy Cardwell, CVT <ACardwell@osvs.net> 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 veterinary school 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.