About Vetel Diagnostics


In this rapidly expanding market, digital imaging providers have come and gone, merged, sold, and reorganized. Vetel was established in 1999 by a veterinarian for veterinarians and has become a reliable resource, understanding and exceeding the technological needs of the veterinary community. Vetel is part of a twenty-acre medical campus, which includes a tertiary level equine surgical hospital and ambulatory practice, an equine rehabilitation facility, and a small animal surgical hospital. The proximity to working veterinary practices allows Vetel to design and rigorously test Vetel products in the environments they will be used. Vetel is in the hub of technological creativity in San Luis Obispo, California, attracting the best and brightest to our Research and Development team.

Vetel has been at the forefront of diagnostic digital imaging as each modality has been introduced to the veterinary profession. It began with a vision of creating a company built around our knowledge of the needs of daily clinical practice, while staying responsive to the fast pace of progress in imaging technology. Vetel has matured into a technological powerhouse and established itself as a market leader and proven brand in veterinary imaging. To date, Vetel has sold and supported thousands of diagnostic imaging solutions worldwide with a record of cutting edge develop­ment and service. In 2009, Vetel introduced the first Wireless DR to the veterinary market and five years later remains the leader in this market with the highest level of customer satisfaction in the industry. A true technological pioneer, Vetel is the developer and exclusive provider of the Generation II Digital Radiography systems, and the first to offer Sound Speed corrected diagnostic ultrasound. Straightforward technology, straightforward service, simple workflow, and transparency in everything Vetel does means you’ll always know what you’re getting and you’ll always know it’s the best. Vetel’s focus remains true to keeping the veterinarian productive and profit­able. Vetel is proud to be your trusted source for quality diagnostic products.

About Our Founder


James K. Waldsmith, D.V.M. received his veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1982.

Prior to starting his own practice in 1985, he worked in two mixed animal practices in Michigan, and as a resident veterinarian for two large Arabian breeding farms in Central California.

He is the current owner of The Equine Center, a full service equine veterinary hospital in San Luis Obispo, California.

Doctor Waldsmith’s practice is both hospital and ambulatory with an emphasis on wellness maintenance, reproduction, diagnostic imaging, and sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Doctor Waldsmith was selected as an imaging specialist for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He also an F.E.I. veterinarian certified in 3-Day Eventing, Dressage, Jumpers, Vaulting and Reining.

In addition to his veterinary practice, Dr. Waldsmith is also president of Vetel Diagnostics, a company that specializes in bringing diagnostic imaging hardware and software to the veterinary community with applications developed specifically for the practicing veterinarian. In this role, Dr. Waldsmith has enabled Vetel to grow into one of veterinary medicine’s most innovative diagnostic imaging companies.

Our Consultants


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Tracy A. Turner, DVM MS

Turner Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery
Stillwater, Minnesota

DIPLOMATE, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS; DIPLOMATE, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SPORTS MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION; FELLOW, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF THERMOLOGY

Dr. Turner received his DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1978, and began to pursue his interest in equine medicine and surgery. He started his own practice in 2016 solely dedicated to sports medicine, lameness, and surgery. Dr. Turner consults for the USDA Horse Protection, FEI, and USEF.


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Kenneth Marcella, DVM

KLM Equine
Canton, Georgia

Dr. Marcella received his DVM degree from Cornell University and became an assistant professor of Comparative Medicine at the University of Virginia. He started a private practice near the Virginia Horse Center before moving to Atlanta to be a part of the staff for the 1996 Olympic Games. Dr. Marcella later established KLM Equine, a mobile equine practice with a special emphasis on lameness and sports medicine.


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Larry Shamis, DVM

Cortaro Equine Hospital P.C.
Tucson, Arizona

Shortly after receiving his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University, Dr. Shamis interned in equine medicine and surgery at University of Illinois, followed by residencies at both Texas A&M in large animal surgery and Ohio State University in equine surgery. In 1987 Dr. Shamis partnered in an equine referral and general practice, Shamis, Shamis, and Shearer, in Ocala, Florida. In 1989 he established Cortaro Equine Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, which is still growing today.


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Kimberly Henneman, DVM, DACVSMR, FAAVA, Dipl ABT, CVA, CVC

American Health VIPS
Park City, Utah

Diplomate Am College Vet Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation (Canine, Equine)

Dr. Henneman graduated from Purdue University of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 before interning with a racing practice in Ireland. She received her IVAS certification in veterinary acupuncture in 1991 followed by her AVCA certification in veterinary chiropractic (the 21st in the U.S.). In 2008, Dr. Henneman passed the AAVA’s advanced acupuncture exam, becoming the 12th veterinarian in the country to do so. She is currently working on a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Henneman’s practice, 60% performance/40% companion animal, covers six Western states, Hawaii, and two New England states, and exclusively involves complementary therapies.


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Joe Stricklin, DVM

Equine Field Service Veterinarian
Greeley, Colorado

Dr. Stricklin was in private practice in Abilene, Texas, before coming to Colorado State University in 1999 as an Equine Field Service Technician. There he started and operated one of the first fully mobile veterinary clinics, which attended world shows, futurities, and other equine events over the five state area. Dr. Stricklin is currently in private practice with emphasis on lameness, dentistry, and alternative medicine. Western performance horses make up a very large percentage of the practice, but he also sees hunter jumpers, dressage horses, as well as other disciplines. Digital radiography is an extremely important diagnostic tool in Dr. Stricklin’s practice. It is imperative to have a system which is reliable, fast, easy to use, and which produces detailed images.


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Mark A. Akin, DVM

Akin Veterinary Services
Collierville, Tennessee

Dr. Akin is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each individual horse owner and has over 25 years of experience in equine lameness, dentistry, reproduction, and internal medicine. Akin Veterinary services is an equine ambulatory practice.