The Diagnostic Imaging Section of the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine offers a three-year clinical program, which is specifically designed to fulfill all requirements established by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR).
Clinical training and experience is provided via direct case interpretation and dictation, and participation in the various services of the diagnostic imaging service, which provides an interaction with fellow residents and faculty within and outside the diagnostic imaging service. Diagnostic imaging clinical services are divided in ultrasound and diagnostic imaging (radiology, fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine, CT, MRI). At the beginning of the residency program, the residents will spend a couple weeks learning radiographic positioning and participating in the making of small and large animal radiographs. The residents are progressively introduced to interpreting and reporting imaging studies, starting with radiology and ultrasonography, following with CT towards the end of the first half of the first year, and continuing with MRI during the second half of the first year. Residents will start taking emergency calls around the beginning of the fall semester. On a daily basis, two to three faculty are on site to support the residents in ultrasound and the diagnostic imaging services. The on call/emergency resident is always backed up by a faculty; the degree of supervision for the emergency caseload is progressively reduced as the resident gains diagnostic skills. The resident will participate in daily teaching rounds, and weekly journal club and known case conference (the latter is subject to change in order to accommodate the new requirements of the Certifying boards examination).
Resident Selection Procedure
Residents are recruited from internship programs or private practices. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent is a prerequisite. Small Animal Medicine faculty and residents evaluate the application pool and final selection of the resident is done via the Veterinary Intern/Resident Matching Program (VIRMP).
Selection will be based on:
- VIRMP Application
- Veterinary School Official Transcript from University Registrar
- Personal Statement
- Curriculum Vitae
- 3 – 4 Standardized Letters of Reference from faculty members acquainted with the applicant’s clinical skills during internship or equivalent clinical training.