Join us online on Saturday morning, April 22, 2023, for this special continuing education (CE) event at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).

The half-day event will provide veterinarians and registered veterinary technologists (RVTs) with critical information about radiation safety in veterinary medicine. 

The morning will kick off with a presentation on occupational exposures in veterinary medicine with Drs. Niels Koehncke and Monique Mayer of the University of Saskatchewan (USask). The event's final two hours will focus on a training session in hands-free radiology. 

Time Activity
8-9:30 a.m. Presentation: "Occupational exposures in veterinary medicine"
Dr. Niels Koehncke (MD, MSc, FRCPC) and Dr. Monique Mayer (DVM, MS, DACVR)
9:30-10 a.m. Break
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Radiology training with HANDS-FREE XRAYS
Tracey Lawrence, RCVT, VTS (ECC, Anesth/Analgesia)



Occupational exposures in veterinary medicine
Drs. Niels Koehncke and Monique Mayer, University of Saskatchewan
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 22

Niels KoehnckeMD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Koehncke is a specialist in occupational medicine in the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Department of Medicine and a faculty member at the USask Canadian Centre in Health and Safety in Agriculture.
He will discuss common occupational health hazards in veterinary medicine and approaches to risk reduction.

Monique Mayer, DVM, MS, DACVR
Dr. Mayer is a veterinary radiation oncologist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). She will highlight findings of her recent investigations into radiation safety behaviours among veterinarians and veterinary technologists, discuss doses associated with diagnostic radiograph acquisition, and talk about practical ways to protect workers from ionizing radiation. 

Hands-free radiology training with HANDS-FREE XRAYS
Tracey Lawrence RCVT, VTS (ECC, Anesth/Analgesia)
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, April 22

Hands-free radiology refers to a combination of essential positioning devices designed to replace your hands and enable workers to increase their distance from the patient during radiation exposures, with attention to patient comfort.

A veterinary technologist trainer will lead a virtual training workshop demonstrating the practicality of hands-free restraint in radiography. The workshop will include an introduction to hands-free radiology and demonstration and training on new positioning techniques using non-manual restraint for thoracic and abdominal radiographs, and for orthopedic radiographs.

The trainer will also review which restraint and positioning devices are required for each study type, and when imaging can be acquired with awake animals versus when sedation is needed.

Please note that all attendees will be able to observe live video of the training. 


Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2023
remote (Zoom link will be shared with attendees)
$100 plus taxes
3.5 hours

Have questions for our speakers? Please include your questions in the registration form or send your questions to  

Registrants: once you register for the session, the WCVM will forward the Zoom webinar link. 


If you have questions about this upcoming CE session, please contact: 

Jackie Bahnmann
Continuing Education Co-ordinator