Uri Bargai

Professor, VMD, DVSc, Diplomate ECVDI



Uri Bargai was a very special person, known to people from our professional field as Uri or Professor Bargai but for many it was Uri and Ella, his beloved wife.

Most of his life, Uri lived on Kibbutz Tzora in Israel, a community settlement with cooperation in almost all aspects of life. Uri was one of the founders of his kibbutz in the year 1948 - the year of the Israeli Independence. 

During those first few years of the kibbutz it was not common to receive permission from the community for higher education (with the exception of educators needed on the kibbutz). Finally in1953 Uri had the permission and traveled to the University of Pennsylvania to study Veterinary Medicine. At the end of 1959 Uri end Ella returned to the kibbutz and Uri started his professional life as a farm animal veterinarian in the Hachaklait Company, which was the only group of veterinarians that took care of farm animals. Small animal/companion animal medicine was as undeveloped as the farm animal medicine and Uri was one of those who developed this field as well.

Before Uri returned from the University of Pennsylvania there was no x-ray machine for animals in Israel. The only way to take a radiograph of an animal was achieved by the good will of human hospitals. Uri brought the first x-ray equipment from Penn to Israel and was the pioneer in the field of Veterinary Radiology. At that time he developed the fields of bovine radiology and bovine lameness and was one of the pioneers in both worldwide. Everyone is familiar with his excellent book on bovine radiology published in 1989 (co-authored with John W. Pharr and Joe Morgan), a book that all generations of radiology residents studied intensely.

In 1968 Uri and Ella were sent by the kibbutz to South Africa and there Uri completed his DVSc degree (the equivalent to a PhD) in the Veterinary School of Pretoria. There he also developed the equine chest and abdomen radiography long before the use of ultrasound.

Uri planned and established the first mobile radiology lab in 1985, with a mobile condenser discharged x-ray machine and an automatic development machine. It was the first veterinary mobile unit in Israel and in the entire world. With this mobile unit Uri went wherever needed - bovine farms, equine stables, zoos and more.

Uri was one of a small and unique group of people who established the first and the only school of Veterinary Medicine in Israel - part of the Hebrew university. The Koret School of Veterinary Medicine was opened in 1985 with a group of 20 students and I had the privilege to be included in the first class. We had few teachers and one of them was Uri who at that time was a senior veterinarian but he was always “just” Uri for us (on a first name basis). Uri coordinated the courses in radiology, bovine and equine medicine in both the school and the teaching hospital. Uri was one of the most admired teacher and educator as well as adviser in all aspects of veterinary medicine and more. Uri was my mentor and the one who showed me the beauty of veterinary imaging.
i traveled and learned all his life in different countries and attended most of the veterinary radiology conferences as well as in many other disciplines in veterinary medicine. Uri published many scientific articles as well as presenting in many international conferences and was the organizer of the 1997 IVRA meeting in Jerusalem.

There is so much to tell about Uri the veterinarian, radiologist and educator but Uri was very very special in so many additional aspects. He was very knowledgable about the history, geography and the fauna and flora of Israel and guided groups from the kibbutz, from the veterinary school and others in all areas of our country. After his retirement he immersed himself in further studies in these fields.

Uri was a man of many talents. He was a vet and radiologist, teacher, professor, inventor, pioneer, researcher. Uri was a friend and mentor to many of us. He was one of the most optimistic people and always found the best in everything and everyone. Above all he was an outstanding, wonderful human being. Uri passed away on September 30th 2016 and his loss is greatly felt by all of those who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy will be always in our hearts.

Written by Zahi Aizenberg

Mary-Elizabeth Raw MBE BVSc MSc DVR FRCVS

Mary-Elizabeth Raw passed away peacefully following a short spell in hospital on May 7, 2017. She was born on 24th November, 1946 and was educated at the girls’ grammar school in Kidderminster. She qualified from Liverpool University in 1972 and started her career in mixed practice in Worcestershire, later working in small animal practices in Australia and Canada.

She developed an interest in diagnostic imaging as a veterinary student and was able to broaden her experience and expertise while working in Canada. Returning to the UK in 1977, she studied at the University of Bristol and obtained the RCVS Diploma of Veterinary Radiology in 1981. During this time, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and became increasingly disabled. This did not deter her from participating actively in clinical investigations. Professor Verschooten of the University of Ghent, where she spent time gaining large animal experience, remembers her examining, without fear, horses and farm animals from her wheelchair. Although she was unable to practice actively, she retained her interest in Diagnostic Imaging by undertaking abstracting and editing work and always received a warm welcome at meetings of the European Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and International Veterinary Radiological Association, where her contribution was acknowledged by the award of Honorary Membership. In 1984, she widened her clinical interest by obtaining, by examination, a Fellowship of the RCVS in canine neurology.

For many years she edited the Veterinary Annual; a publication which contained articles covering a wide range of veterinary clinical topics.

She was an Honorary Member of the British Veterinary Association, winner of the Woodrow Award of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and recipient of the RCVS John Henry Steele Memorial Medal. In addition, she was an honorary graduate of the University of Bristol.

She constantly embraced other intellectual challenges and won the BBC’s Mastermind competition in 1989. As a consequence of this achievement, she was invited to join the user panels of the BBC and MS society. She was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours of 1991 for her contribution to legislation on disability.

Despite increasing debility as a result of her illness, Mary-Elizabeth remained independent until the end, and as a measure of her continuing need to achieve, she gained an Honours degree in Fine Art from the Open University in 2016 and at her death she was trying to finish her Master’s degree before applying to do a PhD.

In the moving foreword to the book she wrote after her Mastermind success, Magnus Magnusson wrote “.... Above all it is the story of a brave woman who set her formidable mind and indomitable will to winning a title she feared she might be too handicapped to win. By doing so she bestowed on it a significance that transcends its own very modest claims. Mastermind seeks to celebrate the human mind and its astonishing capacity; with her poignant victory Mary-Elizabeth Raw celebrated humanity itself.”

Klaus HartungKlaus Hartung

Prof. Dr. habil., DipECVDI 1938 - 2016

Klaus Hartung passed away on the 7th of September 2016 at the age 78. The international veterinary radiology community has lost a great teacher, scientist, colleague and above all, friend.

Klaus Hartung was born on 26th of February 1938 in Oldenburg, Germany. Spending his childhood in several different parts of Germany, he studied veterinary medicine at the veterinary faculties in Berlin and Munich where he graduated in 1962. In 1963 he married the love of his life Ulrike and together they raised 4 children: Sven, Julia, Esther and Hannah. In the same year the family moved to West Berlin, and Klaus started as a lecturer and PhD candidate at the young Veterinary Faculty of the Free University of Berlin under Professor Erwin Becker.

Continue Reading

Dr. Martin Paul Weaver

Martin WeaverMartin Weaver was born into a veterinary family, his father, Professor David Weaver, being formerly an eminent farm animal clinician at Glasgow University Veterinary School. Having a German mother, Martin was bilingual and studied and worked in the Germany as well as in the U.K. and Ireland. His veterinary career of 26 years was almost entirely devoted to large animal imaging and surgery and he had published and lectured widely on the subject.

Continue Reading

Professor Luigi PozziProfessor  Luigi Pozzi Dr. Med. Vet, Dr. hc., Dipl. ECVDI

Luigi Pozzi graduated from the University of Turin in 1951 cum laude.  He was volunteer assistant at the Obstetric and Gynaecology Department 1952-1954. He then became an assistant Professor 1954-1977. In 1962-1963 he received the Diploma in Radioisotopic Techniques at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physic and Natural Sciences, University of Turin. In 1978 and until 1982 he was Full Professor of surgical science, and in 1982 he also became Full Professor in Radiology.

Continue Reading

  • 1
  • 2