Veterinary Imaging Centre

The Veterinary Imaging Centre provides state of the art diagnostic imaging facilities to inpatients of Perth Veterinary Specialists, as well as to outpatients on an appointment or day procedure basis. This provides referring veterinarians the opportunity to maintain continuity of care for their patients whilst ensuring that they have the advantages of advanced diagnostic capabilities. Both the referring veterinarian and the pet owner can have confidence that the procedure is performed and interpreted by a registered specialist veterinary radiologist to ensure an accurate diagnosis and allow appropriate treatment recommendations.

Referral for imaging procedures is simple: phone for an appointment and a referral form is submitted by the referring veterinarian. Appointments for advanced imaging procedures (CT and MRI) can only be made after discussion between a radiologist and the referring veterinarian to ensure the most appropriate study is performed.

In most cases the specialist radiologist that performs the procedure will directly contact the referring veterinarian by phone as soon as possible after the procedure is finished – this will be followed up by a written report within 24 hours. Owners will be given a brief summary of the findings upon discharge of the pet, but we ask that owners visit or contact their veterinarian to fully discuss the findings and any further recommendations as they relate to the clinical problem of their pet.

The specialist veterinary radiologists at the Veterinary Imaging Centre are also happy to provide radiographic interpretations, and technical and equipment advice to veterinary practitioners – please call and speak to one of the radiologists.

Our Team

All VIC radiologists are registered veterinary specialists with expertise and many combined years of experience in all modalities (US, XR, CT, MR). The team has published widely, and regularly provides training and continuing education for veterinarians at both post graduate and undergraduate levels.

Dr Nola Lester|BSc BVMS(Hons)

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology.

Nola received her veterinary degree from Murdoch University and worked in a busy small animal practice in Perth for 2 years before moving to the United States, where she pursued specialty training in veterinary radiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.  After gaining Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Radiology she spent a further two years on faculty at the University of Florida before returning to Western Australia. She joined the faculty at Murdoch University as head of the Clinical Radiology section, playing a primary role in clinical imaging and instruction of senior veterinary students; she remains an adjunct Senior Lecturer at Murdoch. She loves all aspects of imaging, but has a particular interest in CT. Nola is a Director of the Veterinary Imaging Centre and Perth Veterinary Specialists, and is currently President of the Australasian Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and a Director of the International Veterinary Radiology Association.

Dr Zoė Lenard|BVSc(Hons)

Fellow, Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Radiology)

Following graduation from the University of Sydney, Zoe worked in general practice in inner Sydney for 4 years. Zoe undertook a residency in Diagnostic Imaging (2003-2006, Murdoch University) and became a Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Radiology in 2007. Zoe is a Director of the Veterinary Imaging Centre and Perth Veterinary Specialists.  Her interests include abdominal ultrasonography, the conversion of vet practice to “digital” imaging and cross sectional imaging.  Zoe is a well-connected within the diagnostic imaging community; she has been President of the Radiology Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, and is currently the administrator/Treasurer of the Australasian Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. Zoe regularly provides continuing education seminars to vets around Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Belinda Hopper|BSc BVMS(Hons) MVS

Fellow, Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Radiology).

Belinda received her veterinary degree from Murdoch University in 1994, then pursued a career in equine medicine and surgery which took her to Melbourne for an internship and Master’s degree, and then to the southwest of WA. After seeing the light, Belinda commenced a Residency in Diagnostic Imaging at Murdoch University and was awarded her Fellowship of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2004. Since this time she developed a passion for echocardiography and veterinary education, along with a love of all fields of imaging. Belinda has been an invited speaker for continuing veterinary education at many local and interstate meetings and is an active participant and office-bearer in the Radiology Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and of the Australasian Association of Diagnostic Imaging. She is an associate at the Veterinary Imaging Centre.