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Robert O'Brien


    D.V.M., The Ohio State University
    M.S., University of Cincinnati
    Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
Dr. Robert O'Brien, a board-certified specialist in veterinary radiology, oversees the imaging service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. O'Brien earned his veterinary degree from the Ohio State University and completed an internship and an imaging residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously he was on faculty at the University of Wisconsin and Kansas State University.

Dr. O'Brien primarily helps with imaging of hospitalized large and small animal patients. However, he does meet with owners of patients of animals referred here by area veterinarians coming to the University of Illinois for outpatient imaging, including small animal radiography (x rays), ultrasound, magnetic resonance (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) imaging.

Dr. O'Brien's primary clinical and research focus is finding ways to CT image emergency and critical care animal patients that may be too sick to anesthetize safely. He currently has research projects that involve the imaging of horse, cat and dog patients. He developed a new device called the "VetMouseTrapTM." This Plexiglas tube securely encloses a cat or small dog so that it can be imaged with our high-speed spiral CT without needing to be anesthetized.

Dr. O'Brien enjoys many outdoor sports, including mountain climbing, cross country skiing, surf ski kayaking, and running. He is an ultra-marathon trail runner and his three dogs, including a French bulldog, all go running with him.

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