What is an ACVR Radiation Oncologist?

An ACVR Board-Certified Radiation Oncologist (ACVR Diplomate) is a veterinarinan who has received advanced training in radiation oncology and has passed the American College of Veterinary Radiology Board Certification Examination. The radiation oncologist specializes in the treatment of cancer patients using radiotherapy as the main modality of treatment as opposed to a medical oncologist who uses chemotherapy as the preferred modality of treatment.

A radiation oncologist correlates radiotherapy with other examinations and tests, recommends further examinations or treatments, and consults with the referring veterinarian - the primary care veterinarian who sends patients to the radiation oncologist for cancer treatment.

Radiation oncologists work closely with other specialists such as surgical oncologists, other surgeons, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical oncologists. They may also rely on the expertise of medical physicists and dosimetrists.