The IVRA had given financial support in the form of Travel Fellowships to two delegates to allow them to attend the meeting. Generous support from IDEXX helped to make this possible.
Dr. Sakar Palecha from Bikaner, India with presentation entitled: Computed tomographic characteristics of aggressive bone lesions in dogs. This abstract was accepted as a poster presentation.
Dr Kuan-Sheng Chen, Chung Hsing University, from Taiwan with presentation entitled:Clinical correlation between ultrasonographic renal dimensional indices and renal function in feline chronic kidney disease. This abstract was accepted as an oral presentation
Post congress thankyou letter from Dr Palecha:
Having just returned from the ACVR/IVRA 2018 joint conference in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, I am writing to express my deep gratitude to the IVRA for extending a scholarship to me. It has been an honor for me that I was awarded the IVRA Bernstein Travel Grant 2018 among numerous applicants.
It enabled me to attend this international conference; I would not and could not have attended otherwise. During the conference, I actively participated and attended various scientific and poster presentations of the researchers and academicians in the field of veterinary radiology from different parts of the world. I met many researchers who are currently working on advanced diagnostic imaging modalities.
They are very professional, competent, skilled and experienced in their key research areas. In fact, the conference has provided me a platform where I could have reviewed my professional capabilities, imagine and plan for a stimulating, engaged future for me and my institute in the field of veterinary diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology.
The experience of this kind of international conference has impacted me both personally and professionally and I look forward to attend future events.
Thank you and sincere regards
Dr Kuan-Sheng Chen, Chung Hsing University, from Taiwan with presentation entitled: Clinical correlation between ultrasonographic renal dimensional indices and renal function in feline chronic kidney disease. This has been accepted as an oral presentation.
Bernstein travel fellow 2018 Kuan-Sheng Chen-supported by IDEXX
I was very grateful to receive the IVRA Bernstein Travel Fellowship for the opportunity to attend the ACVR/IVRA. The meeting was well organized, and was a congregation of imaging experts from all over the world. I enjoyed the scientific sessions. There were a lot of clinically related research and keynote topics that caught my attention, such as CT assessment of feline pancreatic duct with pancreatitis, CT features of canine anal sacculiths, ergonomics and hygiene of work stations, and awake-MRI in dogs. Also, everyone in the meeting was very friendly, and the best part was that I was able to interact with radiologists from different countries.
My abstract was selected for oral presentation on the first day of the scientific sessions, and it was the first time in my life presenting in an international meeting. Although I was extremely nervous, I was glad that I made it. People in the IVRA were very encouraging and gave me positive feedback. I felt excited that I could contribute our research findings to the society. What surprised me was that I was awarded the IVRA Rhodes Best Oral Presentation at the end of the meeting, and that really encouraged me and gave me more confidence in my academic career.
I also felt thankful and honored to be invited to the image interpretation session with five other board certified radiologists from different countries. That was an unforgettable experience for me as I was able to team up with two other brilliant radiologists to interpret imaging cases live in front of the audience. When my interpretation corresponded to the answer of the case, I was thrilled. Through this, I gained more confidence in my image interpretation abilities.
I have shared about my experience with my colleagues and students, and about what I have learned from the 2018 IVRA. They were all inspired and encouraged because we could contribute to the international imaging society and develop international connections. Although our teaching hospital does not have advanced facilities or a robust training system, we are encouraged that our efforts in establishing a veterinary diagnostic imaging section and residency training are paying off. We understand that these were important in helping to advance the quality of veterinary diagnostic imaging in the teaching hospital.