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Bernstein Travel Fellowship Recipients


The IVRA had given financial support in the form of a Travel Fellowship for a delegate to allow him to attend the meeting. Generous support from ANTECH helped to make this possible.

Prof Biswadeep Jena from Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (India) with presentation entitled: Point Shear Wave Elastography studies on canine renal affections


  • 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:
Dr Palecha

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
Sakar Palecha

Post congress thankyou letter from Dr Kuan-Sheng Chen
Dr Kuan-Sheng Chen

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.


  • Prof Vandana Sangwan, Department of Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Punjab, India
  • Dr Yasamin Vali, Department of Surgery and Radiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, Iran
  • Dr Le Quang Thong, Faculty of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Nong Lam University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Post congress thankyou from Dr. Yasamin Vali:
Yasamin Vali

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

I am writing this letter to express my sincere gratitude to the International Veterinary Radiology Association (IVRA), especially Dr. Nola Lester and Prof. Robert Kirberger, for their pivotal role in molding my career and empowering me to reach my current positions and future goals.

IVRA has been an essential catalyst in guiding my professional path, significantly boosting my self-assurance, and providing the encouragement needed to attain my present positions, all while paving the way for my future advancements.

Receiving the prestigious Bernstein Travel Fellowship during the 17th IVRA Meeting in Perth, Australia, in 2015 was a turning point in my career. This generous award not only alleviated financial constraints but also injected a newfound confidence and motivation into my professional pursuits. Through IVRA's support, I was not only able to attend this international meeting but also to engage with leading experts in the field of veterinary radiology, expanding my knowledge and network significantly.

The IVRA meetings and awards broadened my horizons and equipped me with the knowledge and global perspective needed to make meaningful contributions to the field. Moreover, the connections I forged with professionals and peers from around the world via IVRA have been instrumental in my career growth.

The support and mentorship provided by IVRA, exemplified by Professor Kirberger and Dr. Lester have been invaluable on my journey. Professor Kirberger's generous support enabled me to undertake my externship at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ghent, Belgium, under the supervision of Dr. Ingrid Gielen. This experience paved the way for further collaborations in research under her guidance and that of Professor van Bree.

Moreover, with the unwavering support from IVRA members, I became a part of the Diagnostic Imaging Section within the Department for Companion Animals and Horses at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. This significant step ultimately led to my enrollment in a residency program, a long-cherished dream come true. Throughout my journey in the residency program, I was not only encouraged but also steadfastly supported by Prof. Kirberger and Drs. Lester and Gielen, who were invaluable mentors and role models to me, in addition to being exceptional radiologists. Their guidance meant a great deal to me, both professionally and personally.

In summary, IVRA's unwavering support and the opportunities it has provided have been instrumental in helping me achieve my current positions. Furthermore, the knowledge, network, and global perspective gained through IVRA have laid the groundwork for my continued progression within the field of veterinary radiology. I am profoundly grateful for all the support I have received from Prof. Kirberger and Dr. Lester within IVRA and more than that during my residency as it has played an important role in shaping my professional trajectory. I eagerly look forward to contributing even more to the advancement of veterinary radiology in the years to come, as well as extending my assistance to individuals and students who share the same goals and dreams as me.


Yasamin Vali


  • Dr. Agustina Anson, Teaching Veterinary Hospital, Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Murcia, Spain.
  • Dr. Lee Martin Koma, Department Clinical Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, College of Veterinary Sciences, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana-141004, Punjab, India.


  • Dr. Florin Eugen Grosu, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, Romania.
  • Dr. Daniel Saez, University of Chile and Santo Tomas University, Santiago, Chile.
  • Dr. Lenin Arturo Villamizar Martinez, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria e Zootecnia da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.


  • Dr Modesta Makungu, Department of Veterinary Surgery and Theriogenology, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania.
  • Dr Mohammad Molazem, Department of Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, Iran. Note: the Canadian Government did not issue Dr Molazem a visa, so he was unable to travel to Vancouver to present his scientific paper.


  • Dr Majid Masoudifard, Department Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, Iran.
  • Dr Adetola Ajadi, Department Veterinary Surgery, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Dr John Mande, Department Clinical Studies, Faculty Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, Kenya.


  • Dr Ganzhen Deng, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China.
  • Dr Irina M Donnik, The Urals State Agricultural Academy, Russia.
  • Dr Hock Gan Heng, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia.


  • Dr RG Iljazov, Research Institute of Radiology, Gomel, Republic of Belarus.
  • Dr VP Inanov, Altai State Agricultural University, Russia.
  • Dr NS Saina, Punjab Agricultural University, India.
  • Dr D Yeng, Nanjing Agricultural University, China.


  • Dr Baixi Chen, South China Agricultural University, China.
  • Dr SK Chawla, Haryana Agricultural University, India.
  • Dr R Azrib, Institute Agronimique et Veterinaire Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco.


  • Dr Safwat El-Makhtar Ali, Faculty Veterinary Medicine, Assiut University, Egypt.
  • Professor Arun Pandurang Bhokre, College of Veterinary Animal Sciences, Parbhani, India.
  • Dr Jorge H. Mendoza, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias y Pecuarias, Universidad de Chile, Chile.
  • Dr Simion Bolte, Facultatea de Medicina Veterinara, Timisoara, Romania.