ROGER LAVELLE RB LAVELLE
MA Vet MB MRCVS DVR FANZCVS FAVA
Roger Lavelle graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1967. He spent two years in mixed practice in the High Peak District of Derbyshire before returning to Cambridge to take up an intern position.
During his time as an intern his main mentor was a member of the BVA HD panel and this stimulated his interest in HD schemes.
After his spell as an intern Roger took up the position as Assistant Surgeon to the Veterinary Hospital and during this time completed the training for the Diploma of Veterinary Radiology (DVR) and was awarded the Diploma in 1971.
In the mid seventies three Australian Veterinarians visited Cambridge and obtained their DVR’s. This stimulated Roger to move to the University of Melbourne where he continued his interest in HD schemes. Roger encouraged an interest in radiology with both undergraduate and postgraduate students with several of the latter obtaining Membership or Fellowship of the ACVSc or Masters degrees with the University of Melbourne.
This led to the AVA changing to the BVA scoring scheme and discarding grading.
Roger visited the BVA HD panel at work on three occasions and liaised closely with Malcolm Willis who kept the data bases for both the UK and Australia.
In 1982 he was among the first group of veterinary radiologists to obtain their Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons and in 1988 obtained his Specialist Registration with the Veterinary Board of Victoria.
Later Elbow Dysplasia became a serious problem and became a routine screening programme for many breeds. Roger was an active member of the International Elbow Working Group and for a period was its President.
He retains a major interest in HD and ED screening providing consultancy to the ANKC and a number of service organisations.