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What is a veterinary radiologist?

A radiologist is a veterinarian who has undergone extensive clinical training (usually 3-4 years) in a university hospital environment as a clinical assistant or resident under the guidance of experienced academic radiologists. This training covers all species, including exotic and bird species, and all aspects of diagnostic imaging. This includes radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and nuclear medicine. On completion of the qualifying examinations the radiologist is registered as a specialist with the South African Veterinary Council and may also become a board-certified diplomat in other countries and as such may also practice in those countries. Add value to your practice by making use of our experienced radiologists who collectively have more than 30 years imaging experience.

Christelle le Roux

BVSc Hons. MMedVet (Diag Im) DipECVDI, South African Veterinary Council and European certified specialist radiologist.

Christelle received her BVSc veterinary degree from Onderstepoort (University of Pretoria) in 2006 and then spent 6 years in small animal private practice in Pretoria. She returned to Onderstepoort to complete a residency in diagnostic imaging and spent some time doing an MRI externship at Purdue University in Indiana. She received her degree in 2016 and became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (DipECVDI) in February 2018. She joined IDEXX Telemedicine Consultants as a part-time contractor in July 2017 and is currently still employed as a Senior Lecturer and Section Head of Diagnostic Imaging, in the Department on Companion Animal Clinical Studies, University of Pretoria, where she is passionate about clinical work and resident training. She is the owner of Pointe Teleradiology Inc and has now combined the teleradiology services with Vet Imaging Specialists. She has a passion for dancing, piano and enjoys spending time outdoors with the dogs.


Robert M Kirberger

Robert M Kirberger

BVSc DVSc MMedVet(Rad) DipECVDI Dip Tertiary Teaching, South African Veterinary Council and European certified specialist radiologist.

He is the founder of Vet Imaging Specialists which has been taken over by Christelle le Roux. He still is an active consulting radiologist with a particularly special interest in small animal radiology, ultrasound and CT.

Robert Kirberger obtained his BVSc degree in 1971 and then spent 16 years in private practice, mainly in the Highveld regions of Mpumalanga. In 1987 he returned to his alma mater and obtained his specialist radiology degree in 1991. In 1995 Robert was awarded diplomat status in the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. In 2013 he was awarded a DVSc degree for his work on the Diagnostic Imaging aspects of Spirocerca lupi. Robert has been an academic stalwart in South Africa and but has now retired from the Veterinary Faculty at Onderstepoort having been there more than 30 years teaching and doing research in Diagnostic Imaging. Much of Robert’s knowledge is gained from research he has done personally on everyday imaging problems and he has authored or co-authored more than 110 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a co-author of Handbook of Small Animal Radiology and Ultrasound: Techniques and Differential Diagnoses. (2nd Ed Elsevier 2010) and is the senior editor of the 2nd edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Musculoskeletal Imaging published in 2016. Robert is a regular speaker at national and international congresses and is the recipient of the SAVA clinical, research and President’s awards as well as being recognised as an exceptional academic achiever by the University of Pretoria in 2007. He has also been a National Research Foundation rated researcher for many years and has been a Faculty researcher of the year. Robert is the past president of the International Veterinary Radiology Association (IVRA).

The above radiologists will do the bulk of the reporting, with other outside specialist radiologists also doing reports on occasion if required.