How this veterinary oncologist learns more about her specialty when cancer crosses species to her owners.

I’m seated across from one of my favorite owners and her endearing 9-year-old Lhasa Apso, Sparky. I’m reviewing Sparky’s medical record, determining when he’s due for repeat chest x-rays to make sure his there’s no evidence of his cancer resurfacing. Sparky is customarily unimpressed, making no attempt to stifle an uninterested yawn. Mrs. Baker, Sparky’s … Continue reading How this veterinary oncologist learns more about her specialty when cancer crosses species to her owners.

What are the uncommon questions I’m commonly asked?

In matters of pets and cancer, there are certain questions I encounter more frequently than others. Despite the myriad of diagnoses and their associated treatment options I am tasked with explaining, troubled owners have more typical concerns: How did my pet get cancer? Will he or she become sick from treatment? What is my pet’s … Continue reading What are the uncommon questions I’m commonly asked?

What’s the most commonly uttered phrase in veterinary school? The answer may surprise you.

Veterinary students worry a lot about what they will be tested on, but the hardest concepts to learn and be tested on often come much later during their careers.