Understanding radiation safety practices in Ontario veterinary clinics

Background/summary of project

Radiographs are used to diagnose conditions and guide treatments in patients virtually every day in veterinary practice. Making radiographs involves using x-rays, a form of ionizing radiation with potential health effects. As a veterinary team member, you have most likely been directly involved in or assisted with taking radiographs. As part of an OVC research project by Heather Chalmers (principle investigator) and Monica Jensen (DVSc student), we want to know what experiences you have had in the acquisition of radiographs and how you feel about radiation safety. To participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey (less than 20 minutes). The survey is aimed at getting an overview of the current status of radiation safety in Ontario veterinary practices, identifying the factors that impact safety in practice, and gaining an understanding of attitudes towards radiation safety. The survey is completely anonymous - you will not be asked to give your name, clinic name, or any other identifying information. The survey results be part of a doctoral thesis at the University of Guelph and summary information will also be made available for review on the OVC website.


  • Participants will be entered in a draw with the potential to win:
    • First prize: CE credit for a scil Vet Academy course of your choice. www.scilvet.com
    • Second prize: One $250 Visa gift card
    • Third prize: $100 Visa gift card

Samples required

  • Participant to complete a ~20 minute survey: http://bit.ly/2hVLlb4 
  • Use this QR code for quick access to the survey!

Inclusion Criteria

  • Must be working in a veterinary practice in Ontario
  • Survey is open to all team members


Dr. Heather Chalmers, DVM, PhD, DACVR (PI)
Dr. Monica Jensen, DVM, DVSc candidate


Dr. Heather Chalmers heather.chalmers@uoguelph.ca
Vicky Sabine (PhD), Clinical Research Coordinator
Email: clinical.research@uoguelph.ca; Work Cell #: 226-218-0338