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, Perth Veterinary Specialists and Animal Emergency Care, and is currently Secretary of the Australasian Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and a Director and Secretary of the International Veterinary Radiology Association.

Dr Justin Cardwell|BSc BVMS (Hons) DACVR

Justin received his veterinary degree from Murdoch University in 2010. After graduation he worked for a year in private practice in Queensland before moving south to complete an internship at Sydney University. Upon completion of his internship he made the big move internationally to New York where he undertook a 3 year residency in diagnostic imaging at Cornell University. Upon successful completion of residency and specialist board exams, Justin moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a board certified specialist in diagnostic imaging in a busy private specialty practice. Being a Perth native, Justin moved back home to WA to be closer to family and friends.  He joined the diagnostic imaging department at VIC in mid-2019.

Dr Jane Day|BVSc MVS FANZCVS (Radiology)

Originally from country Queensland, Jane spent several years in small animal practice in Australia and the United Kingdom prior to embarking on a radiology residency, which included training at Queensland, James Cook, Melbourne, Murdoch and Oklahoma State Universities; she is currently vice-president of the Radiology Chapter and is actively involved as an examiner. She has been an invited speaker for continuing veterinary education at local, interstate and international meetings. Jane is an experienced and dedicated radiologist who particularly enjoys abdominal CT and all thoracic imaging, especially echocardiography, so would love to see all your challenging cardiac cases. In her spare time she enjoys mountain biking, and spending time on the family boat at Rottnest Island.

Natalie Krawczyk|RVN

Nat joined VIC as a registered veterinary nurse in 2017 after extensive experience as an environmental scientist and a wildlife carer. She has found her niche as an imaging nurse – her strong ethical values and meticulous attention to detail as well as her friendly and caring nature make her an invaluable part of the team. Her spare time is devoted to her cats and other pets, as well as various voluntary activities.

Leah Cruttenden|RVN

Leah has a wealth of experience from her previous role as an emergency and critical care nurse in a busy emergency practice. Her high level of competence in patient care and anaesthesia, ability to juggle multiple tasks at once and her bright personality have made her an important member of the team. In her spare time Leah enjoys helping out with the family business of breeding miniature horses and sheep, as well as indulging her hobby of graphic design.