What is a Veterinary Medical Oncologist?

A board-certified veterinary medical oncologist is a veterinarian with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. After receiving a degree in veterinary medicine (DVM), he/she has received post-graduate training in a residency program accredited by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and has successfully completed the testing and research requirements established by the ACVIM. A veterinary oncologist is an expert in the biology of cancer and specializes in the use of chemotherapy and biological therapies for the treatment of cancer. Veterinary oncologists work in close association with surgeons and radiation oncologists when a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer management is indicated.