Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Residency

The veterinary radiology residency prepares trainees for board certification with the American College of Veterinary Radiology by providing thorough training in small and large animal radiology and ultrasound, with additional training opportunities in nuclear scintigraphy, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging.

Program Highlights

  • Complete a veterinary diagnostic imaging residency in three years

    Three-year program also offers the option of an additional fourth year as a clinical instructor

  • Comprehensive program

    Small and large animal radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and nuclear medicine

  • Clinical training with board-certified radiologists and state-of-the-art equipment

    CSU is home to the Gemini TruFlight Big-Bore PET/CT imaging machine, first-of-its-kind in a veterinary teaching hospital, and the Large-Animal Gamma Camera, one of only two in the state

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Work, teach, and learn in state-of-the-art facilities, with access to modern diagnostic and treatment technology and equipment.

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Training and Experience

Residents are assigned to diagnostic radiology for at least 12 months, ultrasound for six months, CT/MRI for four months, large-animal specific imaging for one to two months, and an elective rotation for up to four months. Trainees participate in clinical training, radiology rounds, didactic classes, and teaching responsibilities.

  • Clinical training: Residents have clinical rotations in diagnostic radiology and ancillary imaging areas. Under supervision of an assigned radiologist, residents work with and dictate cases on a daily basis. All reports are reviewed and corrected with the supervising radiologist. Select cases are presented in a rounds format for discussion 4 days a week. Residents also have night and weekend radiology emergency duty during their training. This is shared equally among the residents.
  • Didactic classes: Residents may enroll in a non-thesis graduate program during the course of their residency program.
  • Clinical radiology rounds: Residents attend radiology rounds four mornings a week. Radiographs may be presented by the resident at these rounds. Other medical, surgical, and grand rounds within the hospital are available and should be attended when the schedule allows.
  • Clinical teaching responsibilities: Residents participate in teaching diagnostic imaging to third- and fourth-year veterinary students. Presentation of at least three didactic lectures or seminars and participation in continuing education courses and/or anatomy instruction is also expected.

Application Information and Deadlines

To apply, submit the following:

  • completed application
  • letter of intent
  • official transcripts of D.V.M. training
  • curriculum vitae
  • three to four letters of reference

Mail or email all application materials to:

Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
Attn: JoiLynn Drescher
1681 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1681

Applicants being invited for interviews will be notified early November. Interviews will be scheduled in November and December, with both in-person and virtual options. For the 2023 application cycle, one internally funded (non-sponsored) resident and one externally funded (sponsored) resident will be selected.

Date Action
October 15 Application Deadline


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Compensation and Benefits

Residents receive a stipend and full tuition coverage. For more information about Colorado State University employee benefits, visit the Human Resources website.

Benefits Information

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