Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging Society Formed

,The Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging Society (LADIS) was formed at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) in Memphis, Tenn., in October 2009, and the Society is currently seeking interested members. The ACVR currently sponsors societies in Ultrasound, CT/MRI, Nuclear Medicine, and now Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging (LADIS).

The purpose of LADIS is directed toward the advancement and promotion of the art, science, and development of large animal diagnostic imaging in veterinary medicine, research, and education. The primary goals of the Society are to act as an educational resource center and to promote the growth of large animal diagnostic imaging. The long-term goal is to develop large animal imaging into a certified specialty within ACVR recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association through the American Board of Veterinary Specialties.

The Society is organized exclusively for scientific and educational purposes as a financially nonprofit Society. Its business shall be conducted so that no part of its income and earnings shall inure to the benefit of any member, director, officer, or other individual.

The following officers are serving: Norman W. Rantanen, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVR, president; Natasha Werpy, DVM, Dipl. ACVR, president-elect; and Lorrie Gaschen, PhD, Dr. Habil., DVM, Dipl. ECVDI, secretary.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the goals and objectives of the Society. Interested veterinarians can access the ACVR Web site at, and select the option "veterinary professionals," then select "Join an ACVR Society" and follow the directions.

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