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Why Treat Pets With Cancer?

Avenelle Turner, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

This article first appeared in the LA Pet Press.

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month to help educate the public about pet cancer. Many people struggle with the decision to pursue treatment once their pet has been diagnosed with cancer and question why someone would “put their animal through that?” The simplest answer is because we can and do so with minimal side effects. Successful treatment can improve the quality of life of our senior pets and help them live longer so why not treat something that is treatable?  I’m clearly biased when answering this question but consider the reason I am in this profession as a possible argument.

As long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. On occasion, I wanted to also be a lawyer or a teacher but always a veterinarian at the same time. When you start veterinary school, you know very little about the "real world of medicine" and in that world, puppies and kittens get older and get diseases that come with age. Becoming a veterinarian was the only possible profession for me but being a veterinary oncologist developed over time and was a choice I made knowing what the ultimate outcome for most of my patients would be. As we go through the process of training to become a specialist, you learn that bad things happen to good pets and someone needs to fight for them. Once you begin to see that all animals that live long enough, develop one or more chronic diseases, cancer being one of them, it becomes apparent that in most cases, where appropriate therapy is instituted, animals can have a great quality of life.

Why treat diabetes, heart disease and renal failure and NOT treat cancer?

ANY disease that requires chronic medical management will have some degree of side effects from the therapy and there will be the occasional bad day. When cancer is treated by a trained professional, side effects can be minimized, symptoms can be controlled and in most cases, cancer patients enjoy the same if not better quality of life than the many other pets with diseases that sound less scary. That is the main goal of veterinary oncology. We believe in quality of life over quantity and if the treatment is worse than the disease or there is no effective treatment, we do the best we can to palliate symptoms to make them more comfortable.

Is treating your pet for cancer prolonging the inevitable?

It is, but feeding them a high quality food, daily exercise and maintaining a healthy weight also prolongs the inevitable.  Is it selfish? Of course it is but so what? Being selfish doesn’t always mean you are doing something for yourself to the detriment of another. For those of us who love pets the way I do, the commitment to keeping them safe and comfortable begins when we take them home. Our pets live and make it their life’s purpose to make us happy, keep us safe and subsequently comfortable. If a treatment exists that will keep our loved ones comfortable and with us for longer, even if only for a few months, why not pursue it? If you have the means, you get to decide how to utilize them. Very few would question or chastise someone for buying a new sports car or yacht if they could afford it but for some reason when a fraction of that money is spent to care for a cherished family member, people judge.  

The field of veterinary medicine is growing and new research has provided us with new treatments that have improved the prognosis for many cancers. Ten years ago, fewer than 10% of dogs diagnosed with oral melanoma lived a year or longer. Now, there is a vaccine designed to help a dog's immune system fight this cancer and has dramatically improved survival times. It is common now to see most dogs live at least a year following this diagnosis. Cancer does not always mean a death sentence or having a pet suffer through chemotherapy. Knowledge is power and knowing what options you have before making a decision to treat or not treat any chronic disease will help you make an educated decision. I decided to help pets with cancer because they deserve the same chance as pets with heart disease or diabetes. I want them to live as well as possible while they live longer lives so that they can have more time with their pet parents.

October 2013 -  DR. MONA ROSENBERG SPEAKING AT 2013 CHINA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATE MEETING 

Veterinary Cancer Group is excited to announce that Founder and Chief of Staff, Dr. Mona Rosenberg, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Medicine, Oncology, will be speaking at the 4th Annual Chinese Veterinary Conference in Guilin, China.  Dr. Rosenberg is lecturing on "Sensible Patient Management for Round Cell Tumors and Mammary Tumors." Dr. Rosenberg has been a practicing veterinary oncologist for twenty-five years and is a leader in the field of clinical veterinary oncology.  Through Dr. Rosenberg's leadership, Veterinary Cancer Group has become a trusted partner of pharmaceutical developers and manufacturers, as well as   a trusted partner in numerous clinical trials.  Dr. Rosenberg's years of clinical experience allow her to present a comprehensive and informative discussion around the field of veterinary oncology.

The conference, held this year from October 28th through October 30th, is jointly hosted by the China Veterinary Medical Association and the China Animal Disease Control Center.  The conference brings together more than 3000 veterinarians, veterinary drug researchers, breeding and farm technicians, and representatives from leading veterinary organizations across China and from around the globe.  Now in  its 4th year, the CVC/VME provides Chinese veterinarians and animal health professionals with Continuing Education, current information and data relating to animal health and welfare, and contact with more than 80 leading veterinary and related product manufacturers and service providers presenting new trends, new technologies and new products in the veterinary medicine field.

Since 1992, Veterinary Cancer Group has been committed to taking the fear out of cancer diagnoses, and replacing it with hope. Today, they are one of the largest, most comprehensive, and sophisticated veterinary oncology practices in the world, serving a huge span of the Southern California area from two comprehensive cancer centers in Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as from two out-patient satellite centers in the San Fernando Valley and South Orange County.  Each of Veterinary Cancer Group's facilities offers in-depth information, resources, and expertise in the latest cancer treatments. Their highly experienced and compassionate staff of board-certified veterinary medical and radiation oncologists, veterinary technicians, and client care specialists are committed to bringing the latest studies and therapies into play for the good of the patients. At Veterinary Cancer Group, the goal is to continue to be the FIRST CHOICE for all aspects of veterinary oncological care.

August 2012 - Veterinary Cancer Group is ecstatic to announce that Dr. Birgitte Tan-Coleman was just awarded Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of oncology!  Dr. Tan-Coleman received this certification after fulfilling the following requirements: completing the ACVIM-approved Residency Program offered by Veterinary Cancer Group, passing a series of examinations, and most recently publishing a peer-reviewed journal article.  Please join Veterinary Cancer Group in congratulating Dr. Tan-Coleman.  Her acquiring board certification status means that all eight staff oncologists at Veterinary Cancer Group are now board certified.

March 2012 - VETERINARY CANCER GROUP ANNOUNCES OPENING OF OUTPATIENT ONCOLOGY FACILITY IN SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY

Our commitment to improving the lives of pets with cancer and the desire to be the first choice in veterinary oncology services drives us to make access to pet cancer care as convenient as possible. Toward this goal, Veterinary Cancer Group has opened a fourth location in Southern California, positioned in the Mission Viejo area of South Orange County.

Heading up the South OC Team is Veterinary Cancer Group founder and board certified veterinary oncologist Dr. Mona Rosenberg. Dr. Rosenberg established Veterinary Cancer Group in 1992 with the commitment to improving the lives of pets with cancer by providing in-depth information and access to the latest treatments available. The hope for this new facility is to make pet cancer care even more accessible to Southern California residents. Dr. Rosenberg will also be able to benefit from the Power of the Group of oncologists on staff at the other three Veterinary Cancer Group locations by participating in daily rounds, where cases are discussed. This collaboration allows time for ideas to be discussed between a handful of oncologists whom we consider some of the most innovative thinkers in the profession.

Along with Dr. Rosenberg, the South Orange County outpatient oncology facility will be staffed by a familiar, welcoming face from the Orange County comprehensive cancer care center in Tustin.  Long-term technician and Veterinary Cancer Group staff member Alisha Morrow will be on duty to help both clients and patients feel at ease. She brings to the new location the knowledge that pets are members of the family and that they should be treated as such.  We invite you to call us to set up a facility tour.

Veterinary Cancer Group of South Orange County is located at 28085 Hillcrest in Mission Viejo, CA  92692 (Google Map).The practice shares its location with a long-standing overnight and weekend emergency center for area residents, Animal Urgent Care of South Orange County. Veterinary Cancer Group of South Orange County will be open Wednesdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  Please call (949) 262-5150 for more information or to book an appointment.

January 2012 - Veterinary Cancer Group is beaming with pride as we celebrate 20 years of pet cancer care in Southern California.  What began as a one doctor, shared-facility practice has now blossomed into its present state, with three locations throughout the SoCal area.  The organization can now boast nine full-time staff veterinarians, six of whom are board certified in medical oncology with the ACVIM, one of which is board certified in radiation oncology with the ACVR, and one that is double boarded in both radiation and medical oncology.

Veterinary Cancer Group began with the vision of Dr. Mona Rosenberg.  She wanted to make a difference in the quality of pets' lives, always standing by the credo of "not wanting the treatment to be worse than the disease."  Through the years she has mentored and helped to build a team of top notch veterinary oncologists.  Every day they help concerned pet owners to understand that there is hope and there is help available for our furry family members diagnosed with cancer.  These like-minded, compassionate individuals collaborate with each other and with your family veterinarian to find the best course of action for each pet.  Veterinary Cancer Group invites interested individuals to call for more information and even drop by for a tour of one the facilities.

December 2011 - Veterinary Cancer Group's team of veterinarians continues to grow stronger than ever!  Well-known Veterinary Cancer Group of Los Angeles veterinarian, Dr. Mary Davis has been awarded Diplomate Status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in oncology.  Dr. Davis received this certification after fulfilling the following requirements: completing the ACVIM-approved Residency Program offered by Veterinary Cancer Group, passing a series of examinations, and most recently publishing a peer-reviewed journal article.  The entire staff of Veterinary Cancer Group has been overjoyed since Dr. Davis became board certified early in December 2011 and is ecstatic to share the news with our community of referring veterinarians and patient families.

November 2011 - Dr. Jarred LyonsDr. David Bommarito are excited to announce the addition of CyberKnife stereotactic robotic radiosurgery. Sterotactic robotic radiosurgery is a noninvasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and noncancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the head, spine, lung, prostate, bone, liver, kidney, pancreas, and perianal region. The treatment uses multiple beams of high dose radiation therapy to treat tumors with sub-millimeter accuracy for patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or who are looking for an alternative to surgery. It is noninvasive, requires no incisions, and allows clinicians to deliver high doses of radiation safely to tumors while sparing surrounding healthy tissue, thus causing fewer side effects than conventional therapy. In addition, CyberKnife radiosurgery requires only 1-3 treatments lasting approximately 30-90 minutes per treatment, greatly reducing overall anesthesia and treatment times as compared to conventional radiation therapy. Call the Los Angeles or Orange County office for more information.

September 2011 - Double-boarded radiation and medical oncologist David Bommarito has joined Veterinary Cancer Group of Orange County.  His addition to the team gives Veterinary Cancer Group's Tustin location the distinction of having the only full-time, on-site Veterinary radiation oncologist in Orange County.  Dr. Bommarito grew up in Southern California and attended UC Berkeley for his undergraduate education. He graduated from Berkeley in 2001 and began his veterinary education at UC Davis. He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2005 and was subsequently accepted into a one year internship at Cornell University. In 2006, Dr. Bommarito began his radiation oncology residency training at the University of Missouri and in 2008 he became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Radiology in radiation oncology. He continued his education at the University of Missouri with a three year medical oncology residency and masters degree program which was completed in 2011.  Now back in Southern California with his wife and newborn baby girl, he is excited to begin his career as a double boarded oncologist with the Veterinary Cancer Group.

July / August 2011 - Veterinary Cancer Group's team of veterinarians continues to strengthen.  Former medical oncology residents, Dr. Sara Fiocchi and Dr. Julie Bulman-Fleming, have been awarded Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in oncology.  Drs. Fiocchi and Bulman-Fleming achieved this certification after fulfilling the following requirements: completing the ACVIM-approved Residency Program offered by Veterinary Cancer Group, passing a series of examinations and publishing peer-reviewed journal studies (based, in part, on data collected from some of the patients they have treated over the past couple years).  The entire staff of Veterinary Cancer Group has been beaming with excitement over the accomplishment of these two valued veterinary team members.

February 2011 - Veterinary Cancer Group team member and former resident of the Group, Dr. Jarrod Vancil has just been awarded Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Oncology.  Dr. Vancil achieved this honorable certification as a result of not only completing the residency program offered by Veterinary Cancer Group, but also by passing a series of  examinations and publishing a peer-reviewed journal study based on informational data collected from some of the patients he has treated.  Veterinary Cancer Group couldn't be more proud to have a former resident attain this board certification.  Jarrod Vancil, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) is available for consultations in our San Diego and Tustin locations.

November 2010 - November marks the Sixth Annual Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  It is the time of year set aside to focus on educating the public about cancer in our furry friends.  Visit the Veterinary Pet Insurance webpage highlighting Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  Team Veterinary Cancer Group, consisting of staff and current and former clients, participated in this year's K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk in Long Beach.  The Walk was a huge success - we hope to see you there next year!

September 2010 - Veterinary Cancer Group was named to the Orange County Business Journal's 2010 List of OC's Best Places to Work. Winners were selected based on analysis of employee survey results and data collected about each company's achievements in categories which portray a work environment that fosters trust, initiative, loyalty, work/life balance and mutual employer/employee success. The Best Places to Work Special Report was published on September 27 and featured a list of the top-ranked companies.

September 2010 - VETERINARY CANCER GROUP ANNOUNCES OPENING OF OUTPATIENT ONCOLOGY FACILITY IN SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Our commitment to improving the lives of pets with cancer and the desire to be the first choice in veterinary oncology services drives us to make access to pet cancer care as convenient as possible. Toward this goal, Veterinary Cancer Group has opened a fourth location in Southern California, positioned in an area much requested as a locale by the referring veterinary community.

Veterinary Cancer Group has long been the source of pet cancer care for scores of visitors from the San Fernando Valley area. Pets and their families routinely travel from as far as Ventura County, Simi Valley, Valencia, Palmdale, Bakersfield, and beyond to seek treatment with our group of oncologists. The facility gives those who find it challenging to travel to our Los Angeles location a bit of relief.

Heading up the San Fernando Valley Team is Dr. Birgitte Tan-Coleman. Dr. Tan-Coleman, a part of Veterinary Cancer Group's Los Angeles location at the City of Angels Veterinary Specialty Center since 2006, was a natural fit for this new facility. Prior to her acceptance into Veterinary Cancer Group's intern and, subsequent, residency program, she worked in the San Fernando Valley at a 24-hour general practice and emergency hospital. Dr. Tan-Coleman has many relationships with general practice veterinarians in the area and hopes to get to know even more. She will be able to benefit from the Power of the Group of oncologists on staff at the other three locations by participating in daily rounds as well as weekly journal clubs via teleconference. This collaboration allows time for ideas to be bounced off of veterinarians who we consider some of the most innovative thinkers in the profession.

Along with Dr. Tan-Coleman come other established staff members from the Veterinary Cancer Group Team. Registered Veterinary Technician Erin Palmer will be helping to get the new facility quickly in the swing of things and will be on-site to care for patients during business hours. If you stop in to say hello, you'll notice other familiar faces as well. Most importantly, we bring along to the new location the knowledge that pets are members of the family and that they should be treated as such.

Veterinary Cancer Group of San Fernando Valley is located on Ventura Boulevard, near Winnetka Avenue at 20051-D Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California.  The practice shares its location with a long-standing overnight and weekend emergency center for area residents, Animal Emergency Care Center. Veterinary Cancer Group of San Fernando Valley is open Mondays and Thursdays 8:30am to 5:00pm.  Please call 818.888.6882 for more information or to book an appointment.

August 2010 - In an attempt to make veterinary oncology care as accessible as possible, Veterinary Cancer Group is adding a day of availability to the schedule.  As of August 1, 2010, Veterinary Cancer Group of Los Angeles is open for appointments, for both new patients and follow-up alike on Sundays.  With today's hectic lifestyle, we understand it may be challenging to schedule a traditional appointment.  As well, we have gotten a hefty amount of feedback from referring veterinarians in the community requesting extended office hours to serve their clients.  With these ideas in mind, we feel that Sundays will be an excellent addition to our already varied schedule offerings.  If interested in visiting Veterinary Cancer Group on a Sunday, please call the Los Angeles office for an appointment at (310) 558-6120.

July 2010 - Veterinary Cancer Group is extremely proud of the hard work and dedication shown by our veterinarians who recently completed some very rigorous examinations.  We would like to announce the following achievements our doctors have earned as a part of the requirements necessary to obtaining their individual board certifications:

  • Dr. Jarrod Vancil passed all required examinations needed to achieve Board Certification in Oncology.  He will be awarded Diplomate status pending publication of his clinical research.
  • Dr. Julie Bulman-Fleming passed the qualifying examination, taken by second year residents.  She is now eligible to take the oncology certifying exam in 2011.
  • Dr. Sara Fiocchi passed a portion of her oncology certifying examination and will be completing her Board Certification requirements in 2011.

June 2010 - Dr. Jesse Grayton has joined Veterinary Cancer Group as an oncology intern. Dr. Grayton comes to us from a large multi-specialty veterinary hospital in New York City where she recently completed a general, rotating internship in medicine and surgery.  Dr. Grayton is very interested in veterinary oncology and hopes that her internship with Veterinary Cancer Group is just the beginning of her experience in the field.

June 2010 - Dr. Birgitte Tan-Coleman has completed her residency program and joined on as a staff doctor at Veterinary Cancer Group - Los Angeles.

May 2010 - Veterinary Cancer Group's founder and chief of staff, Dr. Mona Rosenberg, brought her vast knowledge and years of experience in the field of veterinary oncology to San Diego this month.  She temporarily took the reins from Dr. Jarrod Vancil, while he was on a short hiatus to prepare for the examination required to earn board-certification.  Dr. Vancil has developed bonds with many in the San Diego area, with both the local veterinary community and the owners of the cancer patients he treats.  He feels fortunate to have had his attentive mentor, Dr. Rosenberg, on duty during his absence.  Dr. Mona Rosenberg established Veterinary Cancer Group in 1992 as a one-doctor practice with the desire to take the fear out of the diagnosis of cancer in our pets.  Today she nurtures young veterinarians interested in the field and is a sought after lecturer in the veterinary community.  For more information or an appointment at our San Diego office, please call (619) 414-5056.

March 2010 - Veterinary Cancer Group is pleased to announce that 'The Power of the Group' of our veterinary cancer care providers has just been strengthened with the addition of our newest board-certified oncologist. Avenelle Turner, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) has joined us from a progressive multi-specialty practice in New York City and will be on staff full-time at our Los Angeles (Culver City) location. Dedicated to compassionate care and strengthening the human-animal bond, Dr. Turner was eager to become a part of a team of oncologists, to participate in daily rounds, and collaborate with peers to offer the best possible care for her patients. Dr. Turner's areas of special interest and research include canine and feline lymphatic disorders such as multiple myeloma, lymphoma, and myeloproliferative disease. She also has an interest working with referring veterinarians to further the ability for exotic animals to be treated for cancer. Dr. Avenelle Turner is a key addition to our team of oncologists and other pet cancer care providers.

November 2009 - November marks the Fifth Annual Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  It is the time of year set aside to focus on educating the public about cancer in our furry friends.  Visit the Veterinary Pet Insurance webpage highlighting Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  Also, check out this Reuters article highlighting the educational effort.  Team Veterinary Cancer Group was delighted to be joined by many of our  patients & their families at this year's K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk, which took place November 14 in Long Beach and celebrated this special month.

September 2009 - Veterinary Cancer Group Tustin was on the scene as Orange County Business Journal's Best Places to Work competition winners were honored at a luncheon held the last Thursday of September.  The OCBJ picked 40 companies that do business in Orange County and divided them into three categories based upon size: large companies, medium companies with 25 to 249 workers, and small companies.  The companies were ranked from responses gathered from surveys of two sources.  Employees answered questions based on their experience with the organization and the company's culture, while employer questionnaires were used to gather details about benefits, policies, and practices.  In all, about 100 companies took part in the process, including the likes of Boost Mobile, Black & Decker, and Ikea.  So where did the Team in Tustin place you might ask?  Veterinary Cancer Group ranked 6th on the medium companies list.  Awesome!

August 2009 - VETERINARY CANCER GROUP ANNOUNCES OPENING OF OUTPATIENT ONCOLOGY FACILITY IN SAN DIEGO

Dr. Mona Rosenberg, Founder and Chief of Staff at Veterinary Cancer Group, has announced that VCG has opened a third location in Southern California to better serve its referring veterinarians and cancer patients. San Diego resident and Veterinary Cancer Group's own Jarrod Vancil, DVM, heads this newest Outpatient Oncology Facility. The new office is conveniently located in the Kearney Mesa area of San Diego at 5040 Convoy Street, Suite B in San Diego, California 92111.

"Dr. Vancil's experience with Veterinary Cancer Group and his ties to the San Diego community made him the obvious fit to open our newest office in San Diego," stated Dr. Mona Rosenberg. "Our goal in opening this office is to provide the superior level of service that is synonymous with Veterinary Cancer Group, and to continue to reach out and serve all of our referring veterinarians," she continued.

Veterinary Cancer Group's San Diego Outpatient Oncology Facility will offer a full range of services, including the latest chemotherapy protocols, immune system support, and internationally recognized clinical trials. The goal is to bring the same cutting-edge, progressive, and compassionate care that it has provided patients in Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange County to cancer patients and their families in the San Diego community. Veterinary Cancer Group not only strives to offer new approaches in the treatment of veterinary cancer, but also listens to what a patient's needs are, in order to determine the best approach for all parties involved.

"It is my goal to not simply educate my clients on all the latest advancements in cancer therapy and the optimal treatment choices for their pets, but to also help them find treatment options that will work best for their family as a whole," stated Dr. Jarrod Vancil.

Dr. Vancil's love for both small and large animals developed while growing up on a cattle ranch in Northern Arkansas. He continued pursuing his passion by attending the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Following graduation, he was offered a position to return to the University of Missouri, where he completed a specialty internship in Oncology. In the Spring of 2007, he was given the opportunity to become an oncology resident at Veterinary Cancer Group Orange County, where he handles all aspects of case management on a daily basis.

The San Diego office is currently open for appointments Wednesdays and Fridays, and will be also be available Thursdays on an emergency basis. The office can be reached at (619) 414-5056.

July 2009 - Veterinary Cancer Group's collective team strength continues to flourish!  We are proud to announce the following recent achievements our doctors have made on the road to receiving their Board Certifications:

  • Dr. Autumn Dutelle passed all of the necessary certifying examinations and will be Board Certified in Oncology, once her study is published.
  • Both Dr. Birgitte Tan-Coleman and Dr. Jarrod Vancil passed their qualifying examinations.
  • Dr. Sara Fiocchi passed the clinical portion of her certifying examination.

February 2009 - Did you see VCG in the business section of the L.A. Times? Veterinary Cancer Group's efforts in the battle against pet cancer were highlighted and we were honored to share our passion with the Times.  The rare and spectacular Power of the Group of Oncology Professionals brought together in one organization was a main focus of article.

January 2009 - VCG adopted two local animal shelters for the holidays. Thank you to our generous clients and staff for all of the donations.

Animals Rule "adopted" by Culver City office.

Irvine Animal Care Shelter "adopted" by Tustin office.

November 2008 - November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month!

VCG is now on Facebook! Come by and be a fan of our page.

VCG and Dr. Mona Rosenberg were profiled on a local news channel. Click the link below to see the special report.

Special Report: Just Like Humans, Canines At-Risk With Cancer (11/17/08)

August 2008 - Veterinary Cancer Group is happy to welcome our newest medical oncology resident, Dr. Julie Bulman-Fleming. Dr. Bulman-Fleming joins us from Canada and will be working closely with Dr. Rosenberg in our Orange County facility.

August 2008 -Dr. Mona Rosenberg has been chosen as the honored diplomate at the 2nd annual ACVIM Foundation Paws for Cures Event!

The ACVIM Foundation Honors Dr. Mona Rosenberg of Veterinary Cancer Group in Culver City and Tustin, CA. As the owner, CEO and Chief of Staff at the Veterinary Cancer Group, Dr. Rosenberg has been committed to helping pets fight cancer, while restoring hope in the hearts of their owners. Her two practices are the largest, most comprehensive and sophisticated oncology practices in the world, serving four counties in Southern California.

After receiving her DVM degree from the University of California, Davis, and completing her internship and residency at Animal Medical Center in New York, she went on to become an ACVIM Diplomate in 1992. She is an active member of the Veterinary Cancer Society and the SCVMA and was appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences/College of Veterinary Medicine. She also leads the medical oncology residency program at Veterinary Cancer Group.

Dr. Rosenberg's enhancements to the field of veterinary oncology have proved that even the toughest battles can be won with the help of specialty medicine and steadfast dedication. She has granted precious time and health to our beloved companions, and precious advancements in veterinary oncology to the world.

July 2008 - Dr. Sara Fiocchi completed her residency program and has joined the Orange County office as a Staff Doctor.

June 2008 - The results are in! Dr. Mary Davis has passed her certifying exam with the ACVIM. Following acceptance of her publication, she will be awarded diplomate status. Dr. Autumn Dutelle passed her qualifying exam, allowing her to sit for the certifying exam next year.

May 2008 - The Veterinary Cancer Group was featured in The Orange County Register on May 19th. Click here to read the article in the OC Register.

February 2008 - Veterinary Cancer Group is named as one of "California's Best Places to Work" for 2007. Veterinary Cancer Group has been ranked third in the growing company-size category of California's Best Places to Work program. This first-ever "best workplace program" exclusively for California employers was sponsored by Employers Group, the preeminent human resources expert and advocate servicing California employers.

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