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Residency Program Essential Training Standards and Requirements

As a a recognized specialty organization of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS), the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) must provide requirements for advanced postgraduate training, education and certification as a specialist in veterinary diagnostic imaging.

This document describes in detail the structure and content of a veterinary radiology residency (diagnostic imaging) training program which will meet the expectations of the ACVR, and acts as a guide for institutions desiring formal approval of their radiology residency training program by the ACVR. The equine diagnostic imaging residency essentials document can be accessed here.

This document describes in detail the residency training program guidelines for a veterinary radiation oncology residency which will meet the expectations of the ACVR, and acts as a guide for institutions desiring formal approval of their radiation oncology residency training program by the ACVR.

Objectives of the Residency Program Essentials:

Veterinary radiology encompasses a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques, including the following five core areas: all aspects of Roentgen diagnosis; diagnostic ultrasound; computed tomography (CT); magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); and diagnostic nuclear medicine.

  1. All residency training programs must offer a quality postdoctoral medical educational experience of adequate scope and depth in these five areas.
  2. All residency training programs should promote aptitude and clinical proficiency in imaging interpretation in the five core imaging modalities in both small and large animal species.
  3. All residency training programs should adequately prepare residents for future employment as diagnostic radiologists in teaching, research, and clinical service in academia, private practice or teleradiology services.

Current Radiology Residency Programs

Details pertaining to current radiology programs accredited by the ACVR Residency Standard and Evaluation Committee (RSEC) and ACVR Executive Council are accessible to on the public page for:

Radiology (Diagnostic Imaging) Residency Programs

Radiation Oncology Residency Programs

Equine Diagnostic Imaging Residency Programs