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Jin Heo

DVM, MS, DACVR (Diagnostic Imaging)
Jin Heo
Veterinarian Specialist
Diagnostic Imaging
Availability: Monday - Thursday
Jin Heo

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Diagnostic Imaging

Undergrad school: Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Veterinary school: Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Residency: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Why did you choose to specialize in Diagnostic Imaging?
Because when I find a hidden lesion in the diagnostic images and it becomes an important clue to save our patient’s lives, it really makes me pleased. 

Why do you choose to practice at VCA West Coast?
I chose to practice at VCA West Coast because we have a good team of doctors, administration and paraprofessionals.

What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine?
I’m a serious golfer and always trying to be better at it. Also, I like traveling and gardening!

 

Diagnostic Imaging

What Is A Veterinary Radiologist?

A board certified specialist in veterinary radiology is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional training in all aspects of radiology, such as radiographs (x-rays), ultrasonography, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and biopsy techniques. A veterinary radiologist is trained to make optimal use of sophisticated, high tech equipment that can aid in the diagnosis and proper treatment of many serious diseases.

Specialists in veterinary radiology typically work in support of general practitioner veterinarians and other specialists. The signs of disease on a veterinary x-ray or ultrasound are often very subtle. It can take significant expertise to read these subtle signs. However, they are less likely to be missed or misinterpreted if an expert in veterinary radiology is consulted.

Why Does My Pet Need To Be Referred to A Veterinary Radiologist?

Specialists in veterinary radiology frequently work in a support role with general practitioner veterinarians or other types of specialists in order to help:

  • Pinpoint a diagnosis
  • Confirm a course of treatment
  • Identify traumatic injuries
  • Provide additional expertise or a second opinion by reviewing routine x-rays, ultrasounds, etc.
  • Assist in performing biopsies or fine needle aspirates
  • Provide radiation treatment to pets with cancer

Some general practices have board certified veterinary radiologists on staff within their own hospitals. In other cases, general practitioners will consult with or refer patients to veterinaryradiologists at referral practices. While many general practitioners routinely take radiographs or offer ultrasonography in their own practices, board certified radiologists are frequently needed for additional consultation. Thanks to the magic of telemedicine, veterinary radiologists can also review images and offer consultation remotely to any practice via the Internet.


When a pet needs a CT scan, an MRI, or radiation treatment,these types of sophisticated medical services typically can be obtained at veterinary imaging referral centers or university sites staffed by boarded specialists. Due to the expense of the equipment and the specialized training required, these types of services are generally available only at such referral facilities. VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital has MRI, CT and Ultrasound services available 7 days a week. While your general practitioner veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, there is sometimes a need for the attention of a specialist to either take over the pet's treatment or work in tandem with the doctor as veterinary radiologists typically do. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her problem.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved In My Pet's Care?

Yes. In almost all cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care. Veterinary radiologists typically work in concert with general practitioner veterinarians and other specialists to diagnose and treat pet's injuries and illnesses. They help provide your primary care veterinarian with additional information about your pet's health status.

Our Diagnostic Imaging Team

VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital

18300 Euclid Street

Fountain Valley, Orange County, CA 92708

Main: 714-241-9001

Fax: 714-241-9020

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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