The Oncology service at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital offers a new level of care for veterinary cancer patients from Florida and throughout the Southeast. We have an integrated oncology service to allow us to develop the best possible approach to your pet’s cancer diagnosis. We have specialists in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology working with you to develop a treatment plan. Our team members work closely together and are motivated by the sincere desire to make a difference in your pet’s quality of life. We understand how difficult, even traumatic, it can be when your pet has been diagnosed with cancer.
Our team consists of world-class, board-certified veterinary medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, technicians, adjunct faculty in radiation oncology, medical physicists, as well as a trained counselor with expertise in patient/doctor/student communication and bereavement support. We offer surgical, medical and radiation oncology specialists and facilities under the same roof.
We partner both in our clinical and our research efforts with physicians and world-renowned researchers at UF’s McKnight Brain Institute. In this way, the small animal hospital is uniquely positioned to take advantage of advances in human oncology to benefit our animal patients whenever possible.
Medical Oncology: Our medical oncologists are board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Medicine (www.acvim.org) in the specialty of oncology. You may see an attending or a resident in medical oncology with your pet.
Surgical Oncology: Our surgeons are board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (www.acvs.org) as well as being ACVS Fellows of Surgical Oncology (www.vsso.org). We also have one of two ACVS Fellowship Programs for surgical oncology in the world.
Radiation Oncology: We have a specialist in radiation oncology (www.acvr.org), as well as human-trained radiation therapists and state of the art radiation equipment to deliver the best possible radiation treatment plans for your pet.
We also have a team of dedicated technicians that you will meet during your visit. Because we are a teaching hospital, veterinary students and house officers will be a part of your pet’s care at our hospital.
Our Service Coordinator works behind the scenes to ensure we are prepared for your visit and assists with organizing follow up care and communication with both you and your referring veterinarian.
We have a team of Client Liaisons who are here to help facilitate your visit and to help with communication. They act as your link to the medical team that is caring for your pet and are available to answer questions as they come up. They will also assist you with paperwork, scheduling, and payments.
Dr. Ron Del Moro is our clinical counselor. He is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and is available to provide support throughout your pet’s treatment. Dr. Del Moro assists clients with decision making, as well as grief and loss support. You can talk with your clinician about his services or directly reach him at (352) 294-4430 during regular business hours.
When you entrust your animal’s care to us, we in turn commit to you our very best assessments of treatment options. Our veterinary specialists will work with you every step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment to end of life or hospice care. We want to make sure you are comfortable with any decisions you make regarding your pet’s treatment plan. At the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, we utilize the best tools possible to maximize the chances for a good outcome in our patients. Our primary goal is to make a difference in the quality of life for your companion animal.