THE DIGITAL DIVA TEAM…

…is a group of internationally recognized veterinary educators with over 35 years of collective experience practicing and teaching radiology at prestigious institutions including the University of California, Davis, and Massey University. Our instructors are dedicated to bringing veterinary diagnostic imaging to teaching institutions with limited or no access to a radiologist. The overarching goal is to elevate the level of veterinary practice worldwide through education.

Rachel Pollard

DVM, PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Radiology

Dr. Pollard attended the University of Washington in Seattle for her undergraduate work and Washington State University for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She then moved to New York for a 1-year general rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center. Dr. Pollard moved to Davis, CA in 1997 to complete the 4-year residency in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of California, Davis. She then completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology and began as an Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at UC Davis in April 2005. Dr. Pollard has been voted ‘favorite teacher’ at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine several times during her 15 years of teaching. Dr. Pollard has served as a member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) exam committee and as the ACVR president. Dr. Pollard is now a Professor Emerita having recently retired from UC Davis and is now a radiologist working with Southern Veterinary Imaging in Nelson, New Zealand. She has a clinical interest in small animal ultrasound and dynamic imaging techniques such as contrast fluoroscopy for the diagnosis of swallowing disorders. During her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband Kal, two children (Ty and Hunter) and two (poorly behaved) dogs, Zeus and Venus.

A crew of expert radiologists passionate about teaching and sharing their enthusiasm for imaging with students around the world

Angela Hartman

DVM, DACVR, registered imaging specialist in New Zealand

Angela is originally from Virginia in the USA.  She obtained a BS in Biochemistry in Virginia then worked as a research technician in a research laboratory in the UCLA School of Medicine for 4 years.  This was followed by the veterinary school at UC Davis finishing in 1999 and then a 4-year residency in Radiology also at UC Davis finishing in 2004. After becoming a diplomate of the American College of Radiology in 2003 and finishing my residency, she immigrated to New Zealand to work at Massey University to set up a department of Radiology and revise a veterinary curriculum in diagnostic imaging. Given the dearth of radiologists willing to teach in Australasia, she has also traveled to various vet schools in Australia over the last 15 years block teaching a full vet radiology curriculum that was very effective and rewarding for the instructor and students alike.  She now works part-time in a busy referral practice in Auckland and runs a New Zealand based teleradiology company.  Teaching veterinary students not only is fun but exponentially increases the benefits of her training in diagnostic imaging by sharing this knowledge and experience with students, vets, owners and pets around the world. She spends her time off with her rescued Huntaway dogs, partner, and sons in beautiful Nelson, New Zealand.

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