Residency Guidelines

Resident Brochure

The ECVDI residency programme is designed to train specialists who have the qualities, professional skills and technical skills to practice in their chosen areas of diagnostic imaging with confidence and responsibility. The ECVDI has two residency focuses; small animal track and large animal track. Residencies may be undertaken in standard programmes (listed under training programmes) or in alternative programmes which are individually designed.

Resident requirements

All ECVDI® residents must:

  • Be graduates from a veterinary school that has been approved by the European Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (EAVEE). The board may waive this requirement in exceptional circumstances.
  • Be eligible to be registered/licensed to practise veterinary medicine and surgery in a European country. The College Board may waive this requirement in exceptional circumstances.
  • Have a satisfactory moral and ethical standing in the profession and the community.
  • Have completed a minimum of one year in a recognized general clinical training programme (internship) or satisfactory veterinary practice equivalent of a minimum of two years.
  • Practise the specialty of diagnostic imaging for more than 50% of the time, based on a normal working week of 40 hours.

Resident Training

The training programme consists of 33 months of education in veterinary diagnostic imaging with the majority as supervised clinical training. Residents will undergo training in radiographs, ultrasound examinations, CT, MRI, and special procedures weighted toward their species of focus (small animal or equine) while developing basic knowledge of the other species. During the residency, residents will maintain a portfolio documenting their training activities and requirements as well as a confirmed case diary.

Training includes creation of reports, rounds, clinical teaching, and coursework in radiobiology, radiation safety, and physics of diagnostic imaging. Original investigative work such as basic research or analysis of clinical material is performed as well as a presentation at an academic meeting. Two published scientific papers are required to complete the credentials for sitting the examinations.


The examination consists of two parts, a theoretical and a practical part. Both parts are held annually in February/March. Successful completion of the examinations confers membership in the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

Further information on residency training can be found: HERE

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