Oncology is the study and treatment of cancer; veterinary oncology is the study and treatment of cancer in dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, and other exotic and domestic animals.
The Oncology service sponsors the North Carolina Animal Cancer Program (NCACP), a comprehensive treatment, medical education, and research center. The NCACP, part of the Veterinary Health Complex, is one of the few oncology services on the East coast with access to all types of cancer treatment--chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery.
What is a veterinary oncologist?
A veterinary oncologist is specially trained to diagnose and treat animals with cancer. A veterinary oncologist is board-certified as a specialist in the treatment of cancer by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). This requires the veterinarian to complete an approved residency in veterinary oncology and successfully pass two tests to demonstrate both general and specific knowledge in oncology.
Why might I need a veterinary oncologist?
Veterinary oncologists determine the most appropriate course of treatment and coordinate the treatment program for pets with cancer. Often oncologists serve as consultants to assist in the treatment of pets with cancer for veterinarians in private practice.