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SCTS Diagnostic Imaging

Training Programme


One year in the first instance, renewable for periods of one year up to a total of three years.

Aims of the Senior Clinical Training Scholarship (SCTS)

The Scholarship is a training position designed to provide a good foundation in all aspects of veterinary diagnostic imaging and as training for the European Diploma in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.
The Scholar will be under the direct supervision of the Clinical Supervisor:
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine
European Veterinary Specialist in Companion Animal Internal Medicine
Professor of Small Animal Medicine
With additional supervision from:
Heike Rudorf DVR DECVDI
Clinical Radiologist

Time Allocation

At least 66% of time during the SCTS should be spent on managing clinical cases through the diagnostic imaging department. Up to 40% but not less than 9 weeks of time will be allocated each year for study and holidays.
Over the three-year SCTS, time will be spent in the following areas:
·         Radiography and radiology
·         Diagnostic ultrasonography including echocardiography
·         Magnetic resonance imaging of small animal cases
·         Scintigraphy
·         Computed tomography
·         SCTS research project
·         Remaining time spent as private study / writing papers
The clinical training will utilise the small and large animal cases referred to the Hospital and the first opinion cases seen at the RSPCA Clinic and the Equine and farm animal Clinics.  The SCTS will be expected to discuss cases with the relevant senior clinicians, i.e. Professor Herrtage, and Dr Heike Rudorf.  Attendance is expected at daily film reading rounds and Hospital rounds as well as small animal and equine seminars, weekly journal club meetings, clinico-pathological meetings and pathology rounds.
The SCTS will be required to undertake a course in medical physics at the Clinical School at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and will be encouraged to attend rounds and seminars in the Department of Radiology.


This SCTS programme will be based at The Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge.
The Hospital facilities include:
·         Fully equipped and staffed diagnostic facilities for the examination and treatment of small and large animal medical and surgical conditions
·         Fully equipped and staffed small and large animal theatres. There is a new state of the art small animal surgical suite and five operating theatres, including endoscopy and laparoscopy
·         Diagnostic imaging capabilities including x-ray, ultrasonography, MRI, scintigraphy, fluoroscopy and CT
·         Fully staffed nursing wards and intensive care facilities
·         On site clinical pathology and histopathological staff and laboratories
·         A well-stocked veterinary library and access to the local human teaching hospital (Addenbrooke’s) library.
·         Easily accessible computer and internet facilities with access to on-line journals

Emergency service

The SCTS will participate fully in the out-of-hours diagnostic imaging rota gaining valuable and essential experience in managing the diagnostic imaging needs of urgent and emergency cases. Participation in the out of hours weekday and weekend rota is shared. Full back-up cover is provided by senior surgeons, physicians, radiologists and anaesthetists.

First opinion practice

The SCTS will participate in the rota for attendance at the first opinion practice.

Departmental Structure and SCTS Training

The Department has a well-established and highly successful diagnostic imaging SCTS programme with an outstanding achievement for specialist qualifications of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

Teaching and Continuing Professional Development

The SCTS will be expected to attend the day release courses organised by the University of Cambridge on teaching and learning in higher education. These courses deal with education methods (lectures, seminars and small group teaching etc.) for lecturers involved in tertiary education. There are also computer and audiovisual courses available.
Scholars have to prepare and attend presentations given by and to members of the department for critical appraisal by colleagues in the Hospital. In addition to this, continuing education presentations to patient owners, veterinary surgeons and nurses will be a requirement of the SCTS programme.
Excellent support will be provided to the SCTS from other clinicians in the small animal department including staff in medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, ophthalmology, neurology and clinical pathology.

Research Programme

Clinically orientated research to advance the understanding and management of small animals cases is an important and vital aspect of the SCTS training. The SCTS will be allocated time during the first and second year of the SCTS to complete a clinical research project. The area of current research is comparative imaging of tumours for surgical and treatment planning for surgical and medical planning, particularly the comparison of MR and CT for mandibular and maxillary tumours.  The SCTS will be encouraged to apply for research grants in order to gain experience in grant applications and management.

Undergraduate Teaching Participation

The SCTS will be encouraged to participate in
·         4th and 5th year clinical and practical classes. In the second and third year of the SCTS the Scholar may be involved in the didactic lectures to the fourth and fifth year veterinary students.
·         6th year clinical teaching on the radiology rotations. During the clinical rotations she or he will be expected to contribute to seminars, practicals and case rounds. This will provide the opportunity for the development of seminar presentation techniques, supervision of students performing procedures, clinical case management and continuous assessment of students.

Collaborative Arrangements

Scholars are encouraged to spend a short period of study at an alternative institution. We have strong links to internationally acclaimed referral hospitals both in the United Kingdom and abroad, and externships are encouraged. The SCTS will be expected to organise the externship.


The SCTS will be expected to prepare and publish at least two scientific papers in refereed journals during the programme. The SCTS will also be encouraged to attend small animal and equine congresses where diagnostic imaging is involved. He or she will be expected to present papers on these topics at scientific meetings such as the Annual Congress of the British Small Animal Association, the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and/or the American College of Veterinary Radiology.


The qualification that the applicant will study for is:    
·         The Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
After year two the SCTS should be eligible to sit the first part of the ECVDI examination.
The final part of the ECVDI examination should be completed by the end of the third year.

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