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Diagnostic Imaging & Radiology Residency

Objectives | Faculty and Staff | Prerequisites and Applications | Employment and Benefits | Orientation | Advisors and Mentoring | Clinical Service Responsibilities | Teaching Responsibilities | Educational Opportunities | Graduate Program | Research and Scholarly Activity | Evaluations | Specialty College Requirements | Board Certification |


  • The radiology residency program is designed to provide postdoctoral clinical training that will fulfill the requirements of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) and result in eligibility to apply for the preliminary and certifying examinations of the ACVR.
  • The resident will receive training in all of the subspecialty areas of veterinary radiology including routine and special procedures in small and large animal diagnostic radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, nuclear medicine, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Training prepares the graduates of the program to perform in either an academic or specialty practice environment.
  • This is a combined residency/graduate program. The resident will pursue graduate study for a Master of Sciences degree. The residency program will provide the opportunity for training in research design and experimental techniques

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Faculty and Staff



  • Danelle Auld – ultrasound
  • Denise Bailey – radiology/CT
  • Sarah Leach
  • Julie Morris – radiology/CT
  • Jennifer Henery
  • Kelly Winn – radiology/NM

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Prerequisites and Applications

  • All potential residents must meet the minimum requirements and qualifications (see Residency Program HandbookCVM Graduate Program Handbook and Graduate School Handbook.
  • Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. the Ohio State University cannot sponsor or process F, J, or H-1B visa applications for resident positions. We also cannot accept TN visas. Successful applicants must be available to report to The Ohio State University Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences no later than the scheduled beginning of the program.
  • Applicants must be graduates of an AVMA-recognized College or School of Veterinary Medicine and have completed a one-year rotating internship or acceptable equivalent clinical experience.
  • All requirements must be met to hold and maintain a limited license to practice Veterinary medicine in the State of Ohio – click here for information on licensure requirements.
  • Currently admission requirements include:
    • a minimum 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework 
    • a minimum 3.0 GPA for professional (veterinary degree) studies;
    • a minimum 3.3 GPA for all graduate coursework;

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Employment and Benefits (see Residency Program Handbook)

  • Salary
  • Health insurance
  • Travel allowance
  • Personal + Professional days leave (from policy)
  • External consultation and employment
  • Licensure

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During the first few days at the commencement of the residency program, all incoming residents participate in a comprehensive orientation program (see Residency Program Handbook) to introduce them to the department, college and university, complete necessary documentation, and to facilitate integration into our program and activities.

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Advisors and Mentoring

Clinical advisor

Each resident is assigned a clinical advisor at the beginning of the program. The advisor can be changed according to the individual needs and interests of the resident.

Academic advisor

One of the Radiologists will mentor the resident.

Thesis committee (for residents electing to complete a thesis Masters):

Once the specific area of research is selected, an Advisory committee will be formed to provide advice in the development of a specific research project, during the project and to completion of the study. Typically, the Advisory committee serves as the Examination committee for the thesis defense. These committees must consist of at least 3 graduate faculty members.


Case management is carried out with the guidance and collaboration of experienced faculty who are recognized experts in their respective fields.

  • According to ACVR guidelines (ACVR Essentials of Accredited Residency Training Programs):
    • The education in diagnostic radiology should occur in an environment which encourages the interchange of knowledge and experience among residents and staff in the program, as well as with residents in other major clinical specialties located in those institutions participating in the program.

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Clinical Service Responsibilities

  • The Veterinary Medical Center at The Ohio State University offers a large and varied caseload.
  • The radiology service has 5 full-time radiology faculty and 3 - 6 radiology residents.
  • Six full-time technologists support the service.
  • The all digital service is currently equipped with three small animal diagnostic radiology suites (3 x-ray machines, including 1 fluoroscopy unit), 2 large animal suites, an ultrasound suite with 2 state-of-the-art ultrasound machines, multidetector computed tomography (including large animals), and nuclear medicine facilities.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (3T and 7T) is available at the Wright Center for Innovation.
  • PET/CT is available at the Wright Center for Innovation.
  • Diagnostic imaging studies are performed with the guidance and collaboration of experienced radiology faculty.
  • Emphasis during the first year is on diagnostic radiology and special radiographic procedures.
  • During the second and third years, the resident rotates through all modalities of the diagnostic imaging services.
  • The radiology residents provide after-hours imaging service to the Veterinary Medical Center.
  • Off-clinic time, not to exceed 100 days during the 3 year program, is provided to allow pursuit of course work, independent study, research, thesis writing, publication, or other elective endeavors.
  • According to ACVR guidelines:
    • The clinical training must provide for supervised, progressive responsibility for interpretation and progressive responsibility for quality control of diagnostic studies, and must ensure that the supervised resident performs those procedures commonly accepted in all aspects of diagnostic imaging offered by the program.
    • At a minimum, the time commitment for the core training shall consist of at least 12 months in diagnostic radiology, at least 6 months in diagnostic ultrasound, and at least 3 months in computed tomography and/or MRI, regardless of the caseload of the institution. These are expected to be distributed throughout the 36 month training program.
    • It is expected that this amount of experience would result in the resident being involved in the interpretation of a minimum of approximately 4,000 radiographic studies in small and large animal radiology, a minimum of 1,000 studies in diagnostic abdominal ultrasound, and a minimum of 500 CT and/or MRI imaging studies during the course of the entire program.
    • More than one resident can be involved with a single study.
    • Each resident must have supervised experience in basic interventional procedures, such as image guided biopsies or fine-needle aspirates.

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Teaching Responsibilities

  • Teaching responsibilities include clinical teaching of fourth year veterinary students assigned to the Radiology service.
  • Rounds
    • Resident participate in fourth year veterinary student rounds
  • According to ACVR guidelines (ACVR Essentials of Accredited Residency Training Programs):
    • Residents should be provided ample opportunity to present formal lectures.  It is expected that each resident will prepare and present a minimum of 3 lectures or scientific presentations during the course of the residency training program.

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Educational Opportunities

  • Known case conferences (at least 30 per year) and journal clubs for residents are offered weekly.
  • Mock ACVR written examinations are administered during the first 2 years of the program.
  • A comprehensive collection of graduate level courses provides residents with relevant course material for partial fulfillment of the MSc degree requirements.
  • Informal lectures are given by the radiology faculty to address ACVR physics objectives.

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Graduate Program (see Residency Program Handbook and, CVM Graduate Program Handbook

  • The residency requires concurrent enrollment in the Master of Science program, and all residents are expected to maintain their coursework without compromising clinical responsibilities. Typical classes include graduate level systems classes, equine and bovine anatomy, radiation biology and known case conference.  These classes are subject to change.
  • Residents in MS and PhD programs must successfully pass and complete 20 didactic graded credit hours of graduate courses and 10 non-didactic credit hours of graduate courses as a requirement for completion of their degree. Residents in MS programs must complete a minimum of 30 credits total. In the past, residents have fulfilled their didactic coursework requirements by the end of the 2nd year or early in the 3rd year of their programs.
  • Original research or clinical investigation leading to scholarly publications is required by the department. Significant research leading to an MS thesis is standard for residents. Residents in the MS program can request for the non-thesis option after arrival; Residents can request a transfer to the non-thesis MSc program up until the end of the spring semester of their second year of a three-year residency program. 
  • The college's Council on Research reviews proposals and administers funds for research projects. Opportunities also are available to collaborate on extramurally funded research projects with faculty in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, or in other departments on campus including the College of Medicine. (See Research and Scholarly Activity)

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Research and Scholarly Activity

  • MS thesis or non-thesis research (see Residency Handbook and Graduate Program Handbooks)
  • Original research or clinical investigation leading to scholarly publication is required.
  • Significant research and a thesis or non-thesis research are required of residents in the 3-year combined program leading to the MSc degree.
  • Opportunities are available to collaborate on extramurally-funded research projects with faculty in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Department of Veterinary Biosciences or in other departments on campus including the College of Medicine.
  • Residents will demonstrate an understanding of research design by successfully completing a research project as part of their MSc requirements.
  • Residents are expected to prepare and submit their MSc thesis research for publication and present this work at a state or national veterinary meeting.
  • According to ACVR guidelines (ACVR Essentials of Accredited Residency Training Programs):
    • The program should provide an environment in which a resident is encouraged to engage in investigative work with appropriate faculty supervision.  These projects may take the form of basic research in research laboratories or an assimilation of well-analyzed clinical material or even the reporting of individual cases.  Documentation of this environment should be made in the institution's application and indicated by published papers or scientific presentations by residents and/or clinical faculty.

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  • Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences: Formal Resident Performance Evaluations are completed by December 1st and June 1st each year. Details of the nature and structure of these evaluations can be found in the Residency Program Handbook.
  • A formal resident evaluation form (as adopted by the Graduate Studies Committee) is completed, presented to the resident for discussion. Once finalized the evaluation is distributed to the resident, Department Chair, Section Head and the Graduate Studies Committee Chair as a matter of record.
  • According to ACVR guidelines (ACVR Essentials of Accredited Residency Training Programs):
    • The in-training evaluation of resident performance and progress must be documented at least yearly through appropriate techniques, including faculty appraisal, oral or written tests, or a combination of these.  One measure of the quality of the program is the performance of its graduates on examinations for certification by the ACVR.

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Specialty College Requirements

For specific ACVR requirements of the residency program, please refer to the document ACVR Essentials of Accredited Residency Training Programs

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Board Certification

  • We offer a comprehensive didactic and clinical training program that we believe provides excellent preparation for successful completion of the ACVR board certifying examinations.
  • Residents are expected to take their board exams upon eligibility.

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  • Pass ACVR Certifying Examination
  • Complete MS degree on time
  • Be a good citizen of the Diagnostic Imaging & Radiation Oncology Service, College of Veterinary Medicine and The Ohio State University

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Click here to contact the VCS Resident Education Program Coordinator with Questions

For more information, please contact the VCS Education Program Coordinator:
Chelsea Allen
(614) 688-0332

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Updated 5/27/21