Diagnostic Imaging

  • Dr. Michelle Fabiani

    Dr. Michelle Fabiani

    Dr. Michelle Fabiani received both her BS and DVM from Texas A&M University.  She practiced general and emergency small animal medicine for 6 years prior to pursuing a career in radiology.  Dr. Fabiani completed a 3 year residency at Gulf Coast Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2002 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary radiology in 2003.  Since board certification, Dr. Fabiani has acted as staff radiologist at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists.  Additionally, from 2006-2012, Dr. Fabiani was an adjunct professor of Diagnostic Imaging at Saint Matthews University, College of Veterinary Medicine.  She has lectured extensively, providing education to veterinary students and veterinarians locally, nationally, and internationally.  In 2012, Dr. Fabiani became the first veterinary radiologist to receive the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice Clinical Referral and Consultation Award.  She enjoys all aspects of diagnostic imaging but are special interest include computed tomography, echocardiography, exotic animals, and interventional radiology techniques.      

  • Dr. Laura Hammond

    Dr. Laura Hammond

    Dr. Hammond recently completed a residency in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Tennessee. Prior to her residency, she completed both an internship in Diagnostic Imaging at the Veterinary Imaging Center of San Diego, and a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. Dr. Hammond earned her DVM from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California after obtaining her BS is Biology and Chemistry at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2015.     

  • Dr. Kate Sippel

    Dr. Kate Sippel

     Dr. Sippel earned her BA in biology at Colorado College in Colorado Springs and her DVM degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana. She completed a small-animal rotating internship at a private practice in San Diego, California, and then spent a year working in small-animal emergency medicine in Toledo, Ohio. She completed her residency in diagnostic imaging at Michigan State University. Since board certification, Dr. Sippel has worked at numerous veterinary schools across the country in locum positions. She was an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University prior to joining Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Sippel is an avid horseback rider and enjoys yoga and snow boarding in her free time.  She will be working Mondays, Fridays, and some Saturdays.  

  • What is a Diplomate of Veterinary Radiology?

    An American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) Diplomate is a veterinarian who is board certified in either Radiology (Diagnostic Imaging) or Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy). Requirements to become a board-certified radiologists are as follows:


    • Four-year Bachelor of Science degree in biology, life sciences, animal science, or related fields.
    • Four years of veterinary medical school resulting in the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
    • A minimum of one year internship, either in private practice or at a University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, perfecting skills in small animal surgery and medicine.
    • Two to three years of residency in Radiology. Most residencies are conducted at University Teaching Hospitals or Large Private Specialty Practices, with a wide variety of cases and the resident undergo advanced training in veterinary radiology.

    To become a “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (Diagnostic Imaging)” (i.e. board certified), the doctor must:

    • See a specified number and variety of cases during his/her residency.
    • Pass a rigorous series of examinations (written & oral) in order to prove competency in all areas of Veterinary Radiology.