The diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of cancers in animals is the realm of Veterinary Oncology


Veterinary oncology is a subspecialty of veterinary medicine that deals with cancer diagnosis and treatment in animals. Veterinary Oncology  is a leading cause of death in companion animals. In one study, 45% of dogs aged 10 years or older died of cancer. A veterinary oncologist is a veterinarian who has completed additional specialised training in conventional oncology.

Prevention is preferable to treatment. We come across a lot of information in the field of human oncology about preventing cancer and the role that lifestyle choices play in its development (Soerjomataram et al 2007). We are all aware that smoking is linked to lung cancer, excessive sun exposure to melanoma, and Western ‘high-fat’ diets to breast and colon cancer.

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