How Do I Become an ACVR Radiologist or Radiation Oncologist?

1. Graduate from high school with good grades.

2. Volunteer at a local veterinary clinic or animal shelter to gain experience working with animals.

3. Attend college majoring in animal science, biological science, or a related discipline and obtain good grades.

4. Apply and be accepted to a veterinary school. Contact the school directly for specific admission requirements.

5. Graduate from veterinary school obtaining your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) degree.

6. Pass one or more state licensing examinations to practice veterinary medicine.

7. Work in an internship or large private practice with a high caseload for one or two years.

8. Apply and be accepted to an ACVR Radiology or Radiation Oncology Residency Program. Radiology Residency Programs are a minimum of 3 years while Radiation Oncology Residency Programs are a minimum of 2 years. See the Radiology Residency Program Essentials and the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program Guidelines for more information.

9. Pass the ACVR Radiology (Preliminary & Certifying) or Radiation Oncology Board Certification Examination.

10. Congratulations! You are now an ACVR Board-Certified Veterinary Radiologist or Radiation Oncologist (ACVR Diplomate). See Veterinary Radiologist to see more information about pursuing a career in Veterinary Radiology.