Veterinary Radiologist

Use internal images to medically diagnose and treat animals.

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Good

Salary Range
$50,000 – $145,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Veterinary Radiologists do?

Veterinary Radiologists can’t read animals’ minds or see the content of their thoughts. They can, however, see what’s going on inside their bodies, as it’s their 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.

They say that curiosity killed the cat. In reality, however, it’s not their inquisitive nature that harms pets. It’s disease, and as a Veterinary Radiologist, you can help fight it.

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 they’re 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 what it’s looking at looks wrong.

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


Should I be a Veterinary Radiologist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Veterinary Bacteriologist

    How to become a Veterinary Radiologist

    Most Veterinary Radiologists have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaaaa9&chl=|||||doctorate+%28100%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,100
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