VIRIES Board of Directors

The activities of the Veterinary Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy Society are based upon the mission statement to advance the art and science of veterinary IR/IE and other image-guided procedures. Some of these activities are listed below.

  1. Share scientific abstracts including original investigations, retrospective and prospective clinical studies, and unusual cases
  2. Listen to invited medical doctors speak on their respective specialties
  3. Discuss diagnosis, management, and advances of veterinary IR/IE and other image-guided procedures.
  4. Discuss the future development of this sub-specialization in veterinary medicine including development of guidelines for those veterinarians wishing to perform these procedures
  5. Create consensus statements on behalf of the Society concerning veterinary training or disease-specific grading, complication classifications, outcome measurements, etc.
  6. Participate in and promote training laboratories to provide veterinarians with opportunities to further develop these advanced techniques
  7. The encouragement of its members to contribute to continuing education in veterinary IR/IE and to report in high quality veterinary journals.
  8. Create an opportunity for collaboration among veterinarians performing these procedures by creating cooperative groups to share in multi-institutional research studies to achieve large patient populations rapidly.
  9. Promote and encourage collaboration between human and veterinary medical fields.
  10. Develop and maintain VIRIES listserve and website to provide on-line videos, case discussions, webinars, and other resources for veterinarians interested in IR/IE
Alex Gallagher, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

Alex Gallagher, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)


Dr. Alex Gallagher is a 2001 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a rotating internship at the Virginia-Maryland regional College of Veterinary Medicine before spending two years in private practice. After an internal medicine internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, FL, Dr. Gallagher completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Virginia-Maryland regional College of Veterinary Medicine, earned a Master’s degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, and became board-certified in 2008. He is currently a clinical assistant professor of small animal medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gallagher’s interests include gastroenterology, endocrinology, and image-guided interventions.

Dana Clarke, VMD, DACVECC

Dana Clarke, VMD, DACVECC


Dr. Dana Clarke graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2006. After graduation, she completed a one-year rotating internship at Michigan State University, followed by a residency in Emergency/Critical Care at University of Pennsylvania. Upon completion of her residency in 2010, she spent one year observing in Interventional Radiology Service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She then became the director of the IR program at PennVet and has a dual appointment to both the sections of Surgery and Critical Care. In 2015, she was appointed to the first faculty position in Interventional Radiology in veterinary medicine. Her research and clinical interests include better understanding of the progression and physiology of tracheal collapse, improving tracheal stent design and sizing, vascular malformations and obstructions, and all forms of respiratory disease within the ICU.

Marilyn Dunn, DVM, MVSc, DACVIM

Marilyn Dunn, DVM, MVSc, DACVIM


Marilyn Dunn graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montréal and completed a one year internship at the same institution. She completed a residency in small internal internal medicine and a Master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. After 2 years in a private practice she became a professor in internal medicine at the University of Montreal. In 2008, she completed a Fellowship in interventional radiology and endoscopy at the Matthew J Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She currently directs the interventional endoscopy service at the University of Montreal. Her main interests are in urinary tract and respiratory interventions and thrombosis.

Brian Scansen, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Brian Scansen, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)


Brian Scansen is originally from Snohomish, Washington and graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Oceanology and Zoology from the University of Washington. He attended veterinary school at Michigan State and graduated in 2004 with a DVM and MS with high honors. He went on to complete an internship at the Ohio State University in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and stayed at OSU for a residency in Cardiology. He then completed a fellowship in Interventional Radiology & Endoscopy at the University of Pennsylvania and the Animal Medical Center (New York, NY). Dr. Scansen is a Diplomate of the ACVIM, specialty of Cardiology and a founding member of the Veterinary Interventional Radiology & Interventional Endoscopy Society. He served on the faculty of the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine from 2008 to 2015. He is currently an Associate Professor of Cardiology at Colorado State University. His research interests include congenital heart disease in animals, advanced cardiac imaging, and minimally-invasive therapeutics.

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