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Veterinary Radiologist

Use internal images to medically diagnose and treat animals.

What does a Veterinary Radiologist do?

veterinary_radiologist_profile_imageVeterinary radiologists can’t read animals’ minds or see the content of their thoughts. In this career you can, however, see what’s going on inside their bodies, as it’s your job to use noninvasive imaging technology—including radiographs (X-rays), computed tomography scans (CT scans), ultrasound (US), nuclear medicine imaging (NMs), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs)—to photograph animals’ internal organs for the purpose of diagnosing and treating diseases.

Just like a traditional radiologist who sees human patients, you capture and study pictures of bones, organs, and blood vessels which can reveal signs of broken bones and fractures, as well as the animal versions of conditions such as arthritis, hypertension, osteoporosis, pancreatitis, diabetes, and cancer.

Although it’s up to the veterinarian to medicate and treat such conditions, you play a critical role in identifying them. After all, your job as a veterinary radiologist isn’t just taking pictures of animals’ insides; it’s interpreting those images. Because the images you take are typically little more than a few black and white blobs—like the Rorschach test of a psychologist—analyzing them requires a trained eye that knows what it’s looking at and when that looks wrong.

That trained eye belongs to you. Although pet owners go to their veterinarian when something’s wrong, their veterinarian often goes to you!