IRS are one of the largest single radiation protection advisers to the Veterinary field.

We have the capability and experience to meet your requirements.

Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) Services

IRS has a team of highly experienced RPAs who can help you fulfil all legal radiation protection requirements that apply to your Veterinary practice(s).

All IRS RPAs are accredited by RPA 2000, which is a recognised accreditation agent by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). We also hold corporate accreditation as an RPA body with HSE. This ensures IRS can provide co-ordinated, expert advice to national standards.

IRS’s longstanding involvement in the Veterinary field, coupled with our industry-leading training programmes enable us to operate at the forefront of Veterinary radiology and its evolving technology. For example, IRS is actively supporting Veterinary practices set up new service areas involving Computed Tomography (CT), Nuclear Medicine and Lasers. We have also provided advice and guidance for Veterinary customers implementing dental services, helping to create a multi-modality imaging environment that supports business growth and development.

Working together, we can assist in the implementation of safe working procedures for you and your staff.

IRS is available for consultation on all appropriate requirements of the current Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR 17).

Here are some of the areas we can help:


  • Expert advice on overall radiation protection requirements, including both operational and administrative matters,
  • Help and advice relating to RPA consultation, as required by Regulation 13 of IRR 17,
  • Review of Architects drawings to ensure a safe working environment,
  • Assistance in the development of safe environments to store, manage, administer and dispose of Radionuclides,
  • Advice on the choice of equipment from a radiation safety perspective,
  • Help and advice on the effective training of staff,
  • Assessment of requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


  • Advice relating to the prior notification of the commencement of work with Ionising Radiation,
  • Support to equipment installation, including the Critical examination and Commissioning of equipment,
  • Advice and guidance on seeking the necessary permits for storage and disposal of Radioactive materials,
  • Advice on the need for Personal and Environmental monitoring,
  • Establishment of an IRR 17 Radiation Protection Folder, including associated Local Rules and Risk Assessment documentation,
  • Provision of training needs analysis for staff in relation to IRR 17 requirements,
  • Support relating to the suitability of Appointments, such as the Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS),
  • Delivery of suitable Education and Training Programmes for your staff, including Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) training.


  • Help and assistance with the investigation of any accidental exposure or overexposure to radiation,
  • Advice on the implementation of a suitable Quality Assurance (QA) programme for equipment,
  • Advice and support regarding Contamination Monitoring and the safe use of radioisotopes in therapeutic applications,
  • Review of IRR 17 Documentation, including Local Rules and Risk Assessments,
  • Advice relating to the suitability of equipment service and maintenance arrangements,
  • Review the training needs of your staff in relation to changing work practices, new equipment and technology advancements,
  • Advice and assistance relating to the implementation of periodic environmental monitoring programmes,
  • Delivery of Education and Training update programmes for your staff, including RPS Refresher training,
  • Advisory support and guidance in respect of interactions with appropriate Regulatory/Government agencies.

RPA Visit Requirements to Veterinary Practices

Regulatory Requirements

Please note; there are no legal/regulatory requirements for an RPA to visit a practice. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure compliance with all regulations.


RCVS Requirements

The RCVS require sites that are seeking accreditation,or are accredited to RCVS’s ‘General Practice’ standard (or higher) in their Practice Standards Scheme (PSS), have an RPA visit at least once every four years.

Sites that are not seeking accreditation to RCVS PSS, or are seeking accreditation to ‘Core Standards’ only, do not need an RPA visit.

Please see ‘IRS recommendations’ for whether a visit is recommended.


IRS Packages


IRS’s service package Details
Standard Package Includes RPA appointment, provision of provision of IRS’s latest radiation protection documentation and templates, and an online compliance audit.

RPA consultants are available from Mon – Fri between 9 am – 5 pm by telephone or email via

3-year contract

RPA Visit Package Includes all items of IRS’s Standard Package, with the addition of an RPA visit within the 4-year period.

4-year contract


IRS Recommendations


IRS recommends the RPA Visit package for the following sites:

  • Any sites that have not had an RPA visit in the last four years,
  • If there have been any significant structural or working practice changes since the last RPA audit,
  • If there are any concerns from the employer or RPS regarding radiation protection or regulatory compliance,
  • If high dose equipment is used on site, such as CT,
  • If the site has or is seeking RCVS accreditation to the ‘General Practice’ level or higher or of the RCVS’s PSS.


How do I know what contract I have?

Please contact a member of our Support Team at for further assistance.

If you have signed up to IRS’s standard package (excluding RPA visits), but subsequently require an RPA visit, you may request a quote from

Equipment Performance Measurements

To support our consultancy/advisory functions, IRS has extensive experience in the provision of equipment performance and environmental monitoring surveys.

Over the past 40 years, IRS staff have played a pioneering role in the development of X-ray equipment performance measurements within the UK, as evidenced by our long history of forefront research and scientific publication. During this period, X-ray equipment has undergone significant technological development. However, IRS continues to provide the most up-to-date service, working closely with Veterinary practices Nationwide.

We provide up to date acceptance testing and routine performance checks on all X-Ray  imaging equipment encountered in veterinary practice. This includes:

  • Small animal digital radiographic systems
  • Large animal and field units
  • Fixed and mobile dental units
  • Handheld dental units
  • Computed tomographic scanners

IRS is a recognised training provider and proud holders of the Investors In People (IIP) award. We ensure all our scientific and technical staff are trained to the appropriate National standards. This enables us to deliver comprehensive services to the evolving field of medical imaging.

Personal and Environmental Dosimetry

IRS provides a wide range of personnel and environmental (e.g. X-ray and Radon) radiation monitoring services. These services will help you monitor the effective and equivalent doses received by any of your staff who may be exposed to ionising radiations.

Where background levels of radiation are a consideration (e.g. in a high radon level area), IRS’s dosimetry monitoring services will help employers provide safe working environments for their staff and the general public.

IRS’s dosimetry service is integrated fully with our RPA function. This means that, should you choose IRS as your RPA, we will be fully informed of any untoward dose levels that may occur and can support your practice in dealing with this type of situation immediately. As your RPA, IRS would also offer you comprehensive advice on the most appropriate monitoring regime for your practice.

We ensure our customers receive a coherent and cost-effective service in line with modern technological developments, whether they are new types of X-Ray equipment, or innovative dosimetric monitoring techniques.

Dosimeter Technology

IRS provides Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dosemeters, Thermo-Luminescent Dosemeters (TLD) and direct-reading electronic dosimeters, with whole body or extremity monitoring available as required. These latter dosemeters are particularly useful when monitoring staff for a limited period of time, i.e. during pregnancy, or in the event that on-going dose reports may be required.

We can also supply passive radon detection monitors. These monitors utilise passive alpha-track detection technology and can monitor atmospheric radon concentrations in the workplace.

Our flexible and competitively-priced personnel monitoring service can supply monitors to be worn for periods of one, two or three months. Monitors can be supplied continuously, periodically or on a one-off basis. All monitoring services come with the ability to view your dose reports online and are approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


For more information about IRS’s Dosimetry Services or to place an order, please see our Dosimetry Services page.

Education and Training

IRS has extensive practical experience in the provision of radiation protection services to the veterinary community. We bring this detailed practical knowledge, coupled with our in-depth understanding of the appropriate UK legislation, to all educational and training activities within the veterinary field.

The use of ionising radiation for veterinary patient care is now well established.  Such uses now span the full range of imaging modalities, involving:

  • Small animal radiography employing digital image receptors,
  • Dental imaging within the routine clinical environment,
  • CT scanning,
  • Large animal (equine) field applications,
  • Iodine 131 treatments.

We are able to ensure that participants on all our courses for veterinary practitioners are fully informed on the necessary legislative requirements under the Ionising Radiations Regulations (IRR) 2017.

For more detailed information on the courses we provide to the veterinary sector, or to book a place at one of our regular events, please see the Education and Training Courses section of our website.

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