Diagnostic Imaging News
Thank you letter from previous
Bernstein Travel Fellowship
recipient, Dr 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.
Sincerely, Yasamin Vali
Virtual Radiology Rounds
Sharing knowledge beyond borders
Dr Felipe Abreu, the IVRA director for Brazil and a radiologist at a private practice in Sao Paulo, instigated the above project in 2019. In general, the South American veterinary radiology training programs are not as well developed and structured as ACVR and ECVDI residency programs.
When visiting North American veterinary schools, he was moved by the utility of their morning rounds. Every morning everyone’s first duty was to sit down in a room and discuss the most interesting or challenging cases from the previous day based on the latest articles, personal experience and relating the image findings with the case history. Clinicians from other disciplines often joined the discussions. Radiologists improved individually and as a team, since the knowledge was shared among everyone. This resulted in the radiology team being able to give more accurate differentials and suggest better next steps to the benefit of the patient
IVRA Online Education Resources committee
As per a resolution passed at the 2018 IVRA meeting the above committee has been constituted and the IVRA members below have agreed to be on the committee.
The committee will start its work in earnest in March 2019 and we look forward to the results of this endeavor.
We hope that over time vast diagnostic imaging educational resources will become available, particularly to be of use for veterinarians with an interest in diagnostic imaging in developing countries.
Silke Hecht– committee chairperson USA
Kerstin von Pueckler GERMANY
Cathy Beck AUSTRALIA
Nic Hayward UNITED KINGDOM
Séamus Hoey IRELAND
Chee-Kin Lim USA
Ana Carolina Fonseca Pinto BRAZIL
Swan Specchi ITALY
Robert Kirberger - ex officio member of the committee and liaison person between committee and IVRA executive. SOUTH AFRICA
The ECVDI board recognises IVRA meeting attendance
Diploma holders of the ECVDI that are due to attend the ECVDI AGM (i.e. it will be their third year without attendance of the ECVDI AGM), an extra year will be permissible, provided that the diploma holder has written proof (in the form of a certificate or signed letter from the IVRA board) indicating that they have attended the IVRA meeting outside Europe. This will effectively mean that they must attend the ECVDI AGM in the fourth year, provided they have attended the IVRA meeting in their third year. Note that this will apply only every third year, and when the IVRA meeting is outside Europe.
Reduced Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound journal subscription rates for IVRA members
The 2024 personal subscription prices for Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound for IVRA members are US $115, a discount of $40.
Only electronic online copies are available. IVRA members can subscribe to the journal by visiting the journal subscription page and selecting the price option: “International Veterinary Radiology Association Member” All IVRA members are eligible for this discount
Prices accurate at time of writing: November 2023