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Find a Veterinarian for Cancer Treatment

Learning that your precious pup has cancer is shocking and frightening. You want to do everything possible to fight the disease and help your dog survive. The first thing to do is find a vet who can provide cancer treatment.

Veterinary Oncologists
There are about 200 veterinary oncologists in the U.S. today, and thousands - possibly millions - of dogs with cancer. Many of these dogs will receive expert treatment, but not all of them will receive it from an oncologist.

Until recently, there were no veterinarians trained to diagnose or provide treatment for dogs with cancer. There was no specialty within veterinary medicine to teach vets how to diagnose and treat cancer in pets.There were no "veterinary oncologists." What defines a veterinarian as a veterinary oncologist? Years of specialized training after becoming a veterinarian, and ACVIM Board Certifiication in the specialty of oncology.

Veterinary oncologists devote their entire practice to this one disease. Therefore, they have a more extensive and current understanding of all aspects of cancer in pets than a general practice veterinarian. They are up to date about new diagnostics and treatments, and are better equipped to choose the best treatment for a specific pet with a specific cancer. They are prepared to respond when a pet has an adverse effect from treatment or concurrent health issues indicate that a change in treatment is needed.

Since 1990, about 200 veterinarians have become board certified oncologists and are still in practice in that specialty. But also in that time, the demand for cancer treatment for pets has skyrocketed, with thousands of devoted pet owners seeking deseperately to give their pets a chance to survive cancer. If you are unable to find a veterinary oncologist in your area, donít despair!

Find out if there is a candidate for board certification in oncology in your area. This is a veterinarian who has copmleted training in oncology but is not (yet) board certified. General Practice veterinarians are often aware of local candidates for board certification.

Non-Specialists providing cancer treatment
Because of this shortage of specialists, many veterinarians with a general practice or with certification in internal medicine have stepped up to the plate. These vets are not oncologists (i.e., they are not board certified). Those who are responsible consult with a veterinary oncologist on a regular basis. They gain experience through every case they treat. They provide a service very much in demand and I encourage you to be open to finding treatment for your dog by a veterinarian who is not board certified, as long as that vet regularly seeks guidance from an oncologist, particularly for difficult cases or when any unexpected results or side effects occur.

If your vet does not have a consultant (veterinary oncologist), ask your vet to contact an oncologist at Oncura Partners for consultation. (

Special Non-Specialists
You may find treatment for your dog through a board certified veterinary oncologist or a non-specialist who keeps counsel with an oncologist. There is also a class of veterinarians who are not oncologists but who can none-the-less provide top of the line cancer treatment for pets. This group includes veterinarians who focused on pet cancer for decades, long before the ACVIM offered it as a specialty. These pioneers in veterinary oncology took bold, aggressive, "thinking outside the box" measures to provide treatment for their patients with cancer.

To find a vet that has treated a Magic Bullet Fund dog for cancer

To find a veterinary specialist
To find U.S. schools of veterinary medicine web sites

To find a facility that can provide radiation therapy

To find a holistic veterinarian in your area


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