The American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR), one of the oldest specialty colleges in veterinary medicine, was founded in 1961 with the aim of producing well trained Veterinary Radiologists. Imaging techniques include: radiographs, special radiographic procedures, diagnostic ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine, as well as the safe handling and administration of radiation and radioactive materials.
To qualify as a Veterinary Radiologist, an individual must have graduated from an AVMA recognized veterinary school. After completeing at least one year of general practice training, he or she must complete a three year training program at an ACVR approved facility for Veterinary Radiologist residents.
Upon passing a multi-day written exam, a multiday oral exam is administered by the AVMA regarding the methods of safely obtaining, performing, and interpreting diagnostic images as well as how different modalities, medical and surgical procedures relate to each other. Only residency trained Radiologists who have successfully completed the training and passed the examinations are titled Specialists in Veterinary Radiology or ACVR diplomates and are permitted to use the seal of the ACVR.