Forensic Pathology? Bioterrorism Prevention? 7 Surprising Veterinary Specialties

6. Shelter medicine. Sure, everyone knows that veterinarians are on staff at shelters. But did you know that new programs have recently been developed to offer specialized training in the singular rigors of shelter medicine? After all, veterinarians who work in shelter settings confront a very different set of circumstances than the average veterinarian in private practice.

Today’s progressive shelters recruit the most well-trained shelter vets in the history of veterinary medicine.

Vet Radiology
Thanks to state-of-the art imaging, radiology is a burgeoning field in veterinary medicine.

7. New avenues in radiology. Radiology is a burgeoning field in veterinary medicine. Advances in equipment quality, the digitization of images and remote access to specialists have revolutionized the field in the past decade. Not only are veterinarians increasingly acknowledging that radiologists should weigh in on even the most mundane X-ray studies, novel techniques adapted from human medicine are now being applied in veterinary settings.

The fervor for state-of-the art imaging has even led to the proliferation of subspecialties in the field — everything from radiation oncology for pets in need of tumor treatment to interventional radiology so veterinarians can spot-treat cancers, potentially unblock blood vessels and visualize the most inaccessible areas in the body.

Even if you haven't heard of some of these veterinary specialties, chances are, you'll hear more about them in the future.

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