Angela is originally from Virginia in the USA and obtained a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry in 1988 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. This led to her working in a research laboratory in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a Biochemist for 4 years. She then pursued a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis (UCD), and graduated in 1999. While attending vet school, she was employed as an ICU nursing technician at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UCD. She soon discovered her interest in diagnostic imaging after receiving her first lectures in the physics of radiology. After completing her veterinary degree, Dr. Hartman practiced as a general practitioner in a small animal practice for 1.5 years before being accepted for the 4-year radiology residency at UC Davis and obtaining her diplomat status in the American College of Veterinary Radiologists in 2003.
She remained as clinical faculty at UC Davis for 8 months prior to immigrating to New Zealand to take a position as clinician/lecturer in radiology at Massey University for 9 years. She now practices privately both internationally and domestically via teleradiology and short term lectures and provides on-site support to local clinics in the Nelson region as well as Universities in New Zealand, Australia, and India. Living outside of Nelson, New Zealand on a small animal rescue farm with her family, her goal is to benefit as many patients and pet owners as possible by providing diagnostic imaging support and training to veterinary students and veterinarians in New Zealand and abroad.
Dr. Pollard attended the University of Washington in Seattle for her undergraduate work and Washington State University for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She then moved to New York for a 1-year general rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center. Dr. Pollard moved to Davis, CA in 1997 to complete the 4-year residency in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of California, Davis. She then completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology and began as an Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at UC Davis in April 2005. Dr. Pollard has been voted ‘favorite teacher’ at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine several times during her 15 years of teaching. Dr. Pollard has served as a member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) exam committee and as the ACVR president.
Dr. Pollard is now a Professor Emerita having recently retired from UC Davis and is now a radiologist working with Southern Veterinary Imaging in Nelson, New Zealand. She has a clinical interest in small animal ultrasound and dynamic imaging techniques such as contrast fluoroscopy for the diagnosis of swallowing disorders. During her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband Kal, two children (Ty and Hunter) and two (poorly behaved) dogs, Zeus and Venus.