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Susan Emerson


Assistant Professor (Diagnostic Imaging)
Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (VCDS)

Contact Information: 

+1 (403) 210-7793


Dr. Emerson received her DVM with Honours from Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 2005.  She has always had a special interest in equine lameness diagnosis and imaging.  She completed one year of private equine practice at Woodbine Racetrack prior to relocating to Oregon in May of 2006 to join Northwest Equine Performance, a performance horse practice specializing in lameness diagnosis and imaging. 

Over a six year period, she continued to hone her skills in musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging including radiography, ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  Dr. Emerson joined the University of Calgary in August of 2012 as a Clinical Fellow and Sessional Instructor pursuing further training in Diagnostic Imaging.

Dr. Emerson recently completed a Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Residency (all species including exotics) and a Master of Science Degree in Diagnostic Imaging at Colorado State University and is currently ACVR registered and Board Eligible. She will physically return to the University of Calgary in May of 2017.


  • Computed Tomographic Findings in 24 Dogs with Liposarcoma. Fuerst JA, Reichle JK, Szabo D, Cohen EB, Biller DS, Goggin JM, Griffin JF, Aarsvold S, Emerson SE Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound, October 2016 early view online.
  • What’s Your Diagnosis. Pyelonephritis in a Steer. Susan E. Emerson, DVM; Robert J. Callan DVM, MSc, PhD, ACVIM, Emily A. Barrell DVM; Kate L. Huebner, DVM; Allison C. Vilander DVM; Chad Frank, DVM, MS, DACVP. Accepted for publication October 2016. Expected publication June 15, 2017.
Research / Scholarly Activities: 
  • Incidence & characteristics of radiographically confirmed juvenile tarsal osteochondrosis in purebred angus bulls
Graduate Program Affiliations : 
Veterinary Medical Sciences