Oncology

Our board-certified oncologists are skilled in all aspects of cancer care. Our oncologists offer both cancer diagnostics (cytology, biopsy, advanced imaging) and treatment. We are proud to offer on-site computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for detailed evaluation of tumors including their impact on adjacent normal tissues. Our team delivers immunotherapy and chemotherapy on site and works seamlessly with our surgeons in providing cancer surgery. We coordinate radiation therapy for clients interested in this modality. We work closely with our ER and specialty departments and your primary care veterinarian to ensure a comprehensive approach to patient care.

What is a board-certified veterinary oncologist?

A veterinary oncologist is a veterinarian who has successfully completed additional training, including a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency in a program that meets the guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Board-certification requires publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal and completion of a rigorous examination.

What to Expect at your pet’s first oncology appointment

Our Oncology service sees patients 6 days a week (with occasional exceptions, including holidays). It is helpful for our team to have access to your pet’s medical history in advance of your visit. Our staff will facilitate this once your primary care veterinarian arranges your pet’s referral and/or when you call to schedule your appointment.

When you arrive at our hospital, you will be asked to fill out an information sheet about your pet. Alternatively, you may do this on-line prior to your arrival (LINK). Our front office staff will ask you and your pet to find a seat in our lobby and alert the oncology team of your arrival. One of our oncology nurses will then come and escort you to an examination room for a review of your pet’s medical history. The nurse will relay this information to the oncologist who will then meet with you, perform a physical examination on your pet, discuss your pet’s condition and provide diagnostic and treatment recommendations.

Additional diagnostics (eg, blood work, cytology, biopsy, radiographs, ultrasound, CT) may be recommended to accurately characterize your pet’s condition and optimize treatment recommendations. While not always needed, we ask that you be prepared to leave your pet with us for the day or in some cases, overnight. We also ask that you take away your pet’s food the night before their visit (continued access to water is fine) in case sedation or general anesthesia are needed to perform any of these tests.

We understand it can be stressful to have a pet diagnosed with cancer and we value the human / animal bond you share. Our oncologists will work with you on developing the best diagnostic and treatment plan taking all factors into consideration, including conversations about quality of life, hospice and, in some cases, end of life care. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you and your primary care veterinarian to provide optimal care for your pet.

What will it cost?

The fee for a consultation appointment with the Oncology service is $165. There are additional costs for diagnostic tests, such as blood work, cytology, biopsy, radiographs, ultrasound and CT among others. Treatment costs vary widely. After discussing diagnostic and treatment plan options, our oncology team will provide you with an estimate of associated costs. This initial estimate may change as test results become available and pending your pet’s response to treatment. We will keep you updated as charges accrue and discuss changes that may be needed to the initial estimate.

Our Oncology Team

Shana Hutchison

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

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Julie Song

DVM, PhD (Practice Limited to Oncology)

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Laurel Williams

DVM, DACVIM
Medical Director

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