Christopher Ober, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVR

Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Christopher Ober

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-5514

Fax 612-624-0751

Lab Phone (612) 625-1200

Office Address:
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

College of Veterinary Medicine

Residency and PhD, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Radiology, 2004 – 2009

DVM, North Carolina State University, 2003

BS, Wake Forest University, 1999

Board Certification / Professional Memberships

American College of Veterinary Radiology, 2007

Tufts University, Internship, 2003 – 2004


Dr. Ober received his D.V.M. from North Carolina State University, completed a small animal rotating internship at Tufts University, and completed his PhD and radiology residency at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. His clinical interests include the use of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate spontaneously occurring disease.  He is an advocate of alternate means of teaching, and he has developed multiple games for use in teaching radiology.  Dr. Ober has over 13 years of radiology experience.

Awards & Recognition

ACVR Resident Top Authored Paper Award, 2008

Top 10 Manuscript Reviewer,Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 2016

Excellence in Course Coordination Award, UMN CVM, 2016

Professional Associations

American College of Veterinary Radiology, 2007

ACVR Veterinary Ultrasound Society

ACVR Veterinary CT/MRI Society

Radiological Society of North America

European Society of Radiology


Research Summary/Interests

MRI Applications in Neuroimaging

CT & MRI of naturally occurring diseases

CT & MRI protocol optimization

Gaming in education


Ober CP and Barber D. Comparison of two-view vs. three-view thoracic radiographic studies on conspicuity of structured interstitial patterns in dogs. Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2006, 47(6): 542-545.

Ober CP, Jones JC, Larson MM, Lanz OI, and Werre SR. Comparison of ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging in detection of acute wooden foreign bodies in the canine manus. Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2008, 49(5): 411-418.

Ober CP, Jones JC, Larson MM, and Lanz OI. Computed tomographic and cross-sectional anatomic characterization of myofascial compartments and soft tissue spaces in the manus in cadavers of dogs without forelimb disease. Am J Vet Res 2010, 71(2): 138-149.

Ober CP, Jones JC, Larson MM, Lanz OI, and Werre SR. Modeling of the spread of infection in the interdigital spaces of the manus in limbs from clinically normal dogs. Am J Vet Res 2010, 71(3): 268-274.

Ober CP, Warrington CD, Feeney DA, Jessen CR, and Steward S. Technical considerations for 1H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy of the canine brain at 3T. Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2013, 54(2): 149-158. doi: 10.1111/vru.12010.

Warrington CD, Feeney DA, Ober CP, Jessen CR, Steward SM, Armién AG, and Fletcher TF. Region-specific 1H-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of the Normal Canine Brain at 3T. Am J Vet Res 2013, 243(10): 1291-1303.

Stadler KL, Ober CP, Feeney DA, and Jessen CR. Multivoxel proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy of inflammatory and neoplastic lesions of the canine brain at 3.0T. Am J Vet Res 2014, 75(11): 982-989.

Ober CP. Assessment of student engagement when using a novel board game for teaching thoracic radiography to 4th-year veterinary students. Medical Science Educator 2016 March, 26(1): 39-42. doi: 10.1007/s40670-015-0222-7.

Ober CP. Novel card games for learning radiographic image quality and urologic imaging in veterinary medicine. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 2016 Fall, 43(3): 263-270. doi: 10.3138/jvme.0715-108R.

Ober CP. Use of a novel board game in a clinical rotation for learning thoracic differential diagnoses in veterinary medical imaging. Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2017, 58(2): 127-132. doi: 10.1111/vru.12452.


Academic Interests and Focus

Physics of Imaging Radiography of the Urinary Tract Gaming in education


Board Certifications

Diplomate ACVR