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Contact Information

Phone: 919.513.6690
Fax:  919.513.6669

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Regular appointments: 
Drop-offs:     7:30AM-8:30AM
Discharges:   4PM-6PM

The Oncology service is a referral-only service. Once the primary veterinarian calls and sets up the referral, the owner may call and arrange an appointment. If the patient has been seen by our service recently, owners may call Oncology directly to set up an appointment.

General Information

The Terry Center

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Emergency Service

Main Number: 919.513.6500
Small Animal Emergency: 919.513.6911
Large Animal Emergency: 919.513.6630
Monday-Thursday 5PM-8AM
Friday 5PM-Monday 8AM

Open 24 hours on legal holidays.
No appointment needed.


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 NC State Veterinary Hospital, 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.