At Friendship Mobile Veterinary Imaging and Sports Medicine, our goal is to assist the primary veterinarian in providing optimal care for the patient as efficiently and effectively as possible. We provide accurate, complete and timely reports for all imaging modalities. Mobile imaging services and interventional procedures are offered within the Raleigh/Southern Pines area. Consultation services are available for management of sports medicine and rehabilitation cases.
Together, the veterinarian and client can determine if our consultation services are indicated for their patients. We are here to help and look forward to being part of your veterinary team.
Image interpretation is offered for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), radiographic (‘X-rays’), scintigraphic (‘bone scan’), and ultrasonographic studies. Reports are typically sent via email to the primary veterinarian within 24 – 48hours. Faster turnaround is available with advanced notice or on an emergency basis, if needed.
Mobile services include ultrasonography, echocardiography, and advanced ultrasound-guided procedures. On-site collaboration with the referring veterinarian is offered for select areas. Please contact us for more information.
Consultation with the primary veterinarian regarding performance/soundness, diagnostic steps, and therapeutic options are available on a case-by-case basis.
Meghann Lustgarten, DVM, DACVR, DACVSMR (Equine)
Dr. Meghann Lustgarten earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2004 and graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She then completed a one-year orthopedic/ambulatory internship at Ocala Equine Hospital, followed by a one-year diagnostic-imaging internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. She was accepted to and successfully completed a three-year residency program in veterinary diagnostic imaging at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned board certification from the American College of Veterinary Radiologists (ACVR) in 2013. During her time in the university, she authored and co-authored several publications regarding equine musculoskeletal imaging. Dr. Meghann Lustgarten is one of few veterinary radiologists with a special interest in equine imaging. Given her strong interest in equine performance, she went on to earn additional board certification from the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in 2018. Dr. Lustgarten enjoys volunteering her time and expertise at the North Carolina Zoo, and to the examination committees of the ACVR-Equine Diagnostic Imaging subspecialty and the ACVSMR.
Lisa Gubenia, veterinary assistant
Lisa Gubenia has more than 30 years of experience as a veterinary technician for both large and small animals. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Her veterinary experience includes small animal specialty care, primarily in oncology, volunteer work with large animal veterinarians at the Humane Society of the United States, and serving as head technician and staff supervisor for clinics in California, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
Lisa has been involved in equestrian sports since the age of 10, taking a short break to attend university and raise her two sons. For the past 6 years, she has been competing as an amateur eventer with her horse Kiss a Monster which has fueled her passion for preventive care, performance and rehabilitative medicine for equine athletes.
She joined Friendship Mobile Veterinary Imaging and Sports Medicine in 2017 performing high intensity laser therapy and functional electrical stimulation on sport horses. Working alongside Dr. Lustgarten has afforded her the opportunity to learn new skills and work with many amazing horses and clients. She is passionate about her work, and loves interacting with clients and watching them succeed with their equine partners.
Megan Buchanan, veterinary assistant
Megan Buchanan joined Friendship Mobile Veterinary Imaging and Sports Medicine in Spring 2019 as a veterinary assistant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Longwood University. Originally from Virginia, Megan has been around animals her entire life. She has been actively involved in equestrian sports since the age of seven, primarily competing Hunters and Jumpers. Her background in human recreational therapy has allowed her valuable insight into the similarities between helping people and rehabilitating horses. Working alongside Dr. Lustgarten has not only inspired Megan to continue her education in veterinary medicine, it has also provided her opportunities to learn and grow in various hands-on environments. She is hardworking and friendly, and greatly enjoys helping client’s horses feel happy and strong; both to improve performance and enhance rehabilitation.
These complementary specialties provide Friendship Mobile Veterinary Imaging and Sports Medicine a unique approach for assessing performance and injury of the equine athlete.
What is the College of Veterinary Radiology?
From the ACVR website:
Advances in imaging technology (radiology, ultrasound, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, and magnetic resonance imaging) have dramatically improved the diagnosis and treatment of veterinary patients. Accurate and complete interpretation of these imaging studies is critical to developing an effective treatment plan. American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) board-certified radiologists spend at least three years after achieving their veterinary medical degree focusing strictly on the application of these imaging modalities to diagnoses. An ACVR board-certified radiologist can assist with making informed health care decisions for your patients.
What is the College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation?
ACVSMR mission statement:
The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation advances the art and science of veterinary medicine by promoting expertise in the structural, physiological, medical and surgical needs of athletic animals and the restoration of normal form and function after injury or illness.