ICRP Publication 153

Radiological Protection in Veterinary Practice

Recommended citation
ICRP, 2022. Radiological protection in veterinary practice. ICRP Publication 153. Ann. ICRP 51(4).

Authors on behalf of ICRP
N. Martinez, L. Van Bladel, . Svik, L. Balogh, J. Benoit, A. Davila, S. Dorling, J. Gambino, M. Natsuhori, R.J. Pentreath, K. Peremans, E. Randall, C. Roy, I. Tanaka

Abstract - Veterinary use of radiation in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of disease has expanded and diversified, as have the corresponding radiological protection concerns. Radiological exposure of personnel involved in veterinary procedures and, where applicable, members of the public providing assistance (e.g. owners or handlers) has always been included within the system of radiological protection. Veterinary practice is now addressed explicitly as the modern complexities associated with this practice warrant dedicated consideration, and there is a need to clarify and strengthen the application of radiological protection principles in this area. The Commission recommends that the system of radiological protection should be applied in veterinary practice principally for the protection of humans, but with explicit attention to the protection of exposed animals. Additionally, consideration should be given to the risk of potential contamination of the environment associated with applications of nuclear medicine in veterinary practice. This publication focuses primarily on justification and optimisation in veterinary practice, and sets the scene for more detailed guidance to follow in future Recommendations. It is intended for a wide-ranging audience, including radiological protection professionals, veterinary staff, students, education and training providers, and members of the public, as an introduction to radiological protection in veterinary practice.