Dr Tobias Schwarz

Reader in Diagnostic Imaging DI Service Head



Master of Arts, Scandinavian Studies, Free University of Berlin

Graduated as veterinarian from Berlin Humboldt and Free University

Doctoral degree in Berlin on nasal CT in dogs


Postgraduate Training:

 Residency in Diagnostic Imaging, Glasgow University Veterinary School, UK



2000 – 2010    Academic radiologist at Universities of Pennsylvania & Wisconsin-Madison

2009 – Present            Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging, Edinburgh & Head of Service

2012 – 2014    President of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

2014 - 2016      ECVDI Past President

2012 - 2017      ECVDI Board Member

2012 - 2017      European Board of Veterinary Specialisation Board Member



Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany The role of radiography and computed tomography in the diagnosis of clinical rhinitis in dogs Master of Arts, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Swedish Pomerania's contribution to the history of science in Sweden

PennHIP Certification Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, DipACVR Diploma in Veterinary Radiology, DVR Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, DipECVDI Certificate in Veterinary Radiology, CertVR Veterinary Medicine


Responsibilities & affiliations

Diagnostic Imaging, UG teaching staff

Clincal Services:

  • Diagnostic Imaging Service Head

Hospital for Small Animals:

  • Diagnostic Imaging

Equine Hospital:

  • Diagnostic Imaging

Production Animal Services:

  • Diagnostic Imaging


  • Small Animal Teaching
  • Equine Teaching


  • Clinical Skills Committee
  • CFC examination board
  • Animal body examination board
  • Clinical Training Scholars Committee
  • Centre for In Vivo Imaging Science Executive Committee
  • HfSA Heads of Service Committee
  • Community Gardening Committee
  • Large Animal Research Facility Planning Committee
  • Interventional Radiology Committee
  • Imaging Procurement Committees
  • Master of Imaging Steering Group
  • IT Review Committee
  • Radiation Protection Committee 


Professional Awards and Specialty Certification:

Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, UK (FRCVS)

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (DACVR)

Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (DipECVDI)

Diploma in Veterinary Radiology (DVR), Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, UK


Postgraduate teaching

Year GEP

  • The Animal Body (lecture & lab)

Year 2

  • The Animal Body 3 (labs)

Year 3

  • Clinical Foundation Course (lectures and labs)

Year 4

  • Professional & Clinical Skills 4 (online tutorials)

Year 5

  • Final Year Rotations (tutorials)
  • Student Selected Components 2 (tutorials)

MSc Imaging (University of Edinburgh Online MSc Programme)

  • Clinical imaging applications (lecture)


Areas of interest for supervision

Supervised clinical scholars (residents in veterinary diagnostic imaging): 

  • Carolina Urraca               2009 - 2012
  • Maya Esmans                  2009 - 2013
  • Raimonda Uosyte            2010 - 2013
  • Eduardo Fraga-Manteiga  2010 - 2013
  • Alison Major                    2012 - 2016 
  • Lucinda Meehan              2012 - 2015 
  • Caroline Gordon              2014 - 2017 (current)
  • Florence Thierry              2015 - 2019 (current)
  • Maurizion Longo              2016 - 2020 (current)
  • Joanna Lodzinska            2016 - 2021 (current)

Research summary

Veterinary diagnostic imaging, in particular computed tomography

Current research interests

My main area of research is the use of computed tomography (CT) in the diagnostics of diseases in animals. I have extensively published in this field and edited the currently only comprehensive textbook on this subject. CT is a slice imaging modality using X-rays which is extremely versatile. Therefore it can be used for almost body parts and in many species. We routinely CT scan dogs, cats, horse heads and rabbits, but it is also useful for more unusual species such as whooping cranes and other birds, tortoises of all sizes and fish. In larger species such as horses we are still limited to the smaller body parts such head, neck and legs. CT also generates very good data for size measurements, bone density and functional parameters such kidney function. It therefore is very interesting for a wide range of research questions. All apllications of computed tomography for animals, in particular for urogenial and vascular diseases, osteodensitometry, PET-CT •CRIC: Clinical Imaging Research Centre, Little France, University of Edinburgh •CIVIS: Centre for In Vivo Imaging Science, University of Edinburgh •University of Stirling, Institude for Aquaculture •SRUC Roslin •SRUC Inverness •Roslin Institute Canine Genetics •National Museum of Scotland Anatomic Collections

Knowledge exchange

Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Veterinary Computed Tomography

Imaging of respiratory, vascular and urogenital diseases in animals

Fish imaging


with the following institutions:

  • Centre for In Vivo Imaging Science (CIVIS), University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Clincial Research Imaging Centre (CRIC), University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Canine Genetics and Avian Diseases, The Roslin Institute, UK
  • Scottish Agricultural College Roslin, The Roslin Institute, UK
  • Anatomic Collection, The National Museum of Scotland, UK
  • Marine Mammal Stranding Scheme, Scottish Agricultural Centre Inverness, UK
  • School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois-Champaign, USA
  • Clinica dell Orologio Sasso Marconi, Italy
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, USA
  • Davies Veterinary Specialists, UK
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, USA
  • International Crane Foundation Baraboo, USA
  • Bluestar Veterinary Hospital Goeteborg, Sweden
  • University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicinie, Ireland
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Giessen University, Germany
  • Eastcott Referrals, Swindon, UK

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