What to Expect

Surgical Oncology

Initial Evaluation

  • Expect your visit to be up to 3-hours

step 1

Meet with the Vet Student and Technician

– Review Patient History and Medical Records
– Physical Exam
– Discuss Case with House Officer and Clinician

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step 2

Faculty, House Officers and Vet Student

This group will provide recommendations for diagnostic testing to diagnose and stage your pet’s condition.

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Step 3

Schedule Diagnostic Testing

Upon agreement, we will schedule the appropriate diagnostic testing.

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Work-up appointment

  • Expect this appointment to take 6-8 hours. You will drop-off your pet.

Step 4

Preparation for Drop-off and Visit

– Your pet needs to be fasted – no food after midnight the day before visit
– Water is okay to drink
– Your pet will need to be dropped off in the morning

Step 5

Diagnostic Tests

– The diagnostic testing that was agreed upon will be performed
– A member of the team will call you if there are any changes

Step 6

Test Results and Treatment Plan

– Review surgery estimate
– Schedule surgery date

The diagnostic work up that is recommended for each case will vary, depending on the complexity of the case. In general, a complete work-up will take between 1-3 days. Results for these tests are generally available within 24-48 hours, with the exception of tissue biopsy, which will take 5-7 days.

Once all of the diagnostic tests are complete, we will discuss your pet’s condition, the recommended treatment plan and options available for your pet, as well as provide you with an estimate of costs. From there, we will schedule you for the next available appointment for surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

Surgical Appointment

  • The surgical procedure will take 30-45 minutes. Note that your pet will stay overnight for observation.

step 7

Preparation for Surgery

– Your pet needs to be fasted – no food after midnight the night before surgery
– We will do another pre-surgical physical exam
– Technicians can answer any questions

Step 8

Day of Surgery

– Drop off your pet at 7:30 a.m.
– You will receive a call prior to your pet entering the operating room
– You will not be able to visit your pet that day, we want them to rest!
– We will call you 2-3 times a day to report your pet’s recovery progress

Step 9

Discharge Day

– We will be communicating with you to set up a discharge time
– The vet student and technician will review at-home care instructions and medications
– We are here to help with any potential complications and follow-up needs

The oncology service is open to receive patients for new evaluations and rechecks Monday through Thursday. Surgeries are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Please bring your pet’s medical records, including radiology images (digital or film) and written reports, pathology reports, a list of all medications your pet is taking (including over-the-counter, alternative medications, and supplements), your regular veterinarian’s contact information, and a list of any questions you have.

Thank you for bringing your pet to the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital. Our oncology service offers your pet world class care and a truly integrated approach to cancer treatment. We will develop a diagnostic and therapeutic plan that will work for you and your family. We look forward to meeting you.

Treatment Plan and Payment

Every effort is made to discuss fees prior to and during treatment. The costs associated with specialized medical care are often a concern for families. Due to the nature of some medical conditions however, it is not always possible to precisely predict the outcome or associated costs. If substantial deviation from the treatment plan is anticipated, you will be informed by our staff and a new estimate of costs will be presented to you before any new or additional measures are implemented.

Fees for outpatient visits are to be paid in full at the time of service. Hospital admission, including emergencies, requires a deposit of 75% of the high end of the estimate with the remaining balance due at time of discharge. We accept cash, checks and major credit cards. The UF Veterinary Hospitals do not offer payment plans, however, we do accept CareCredit. To pay your bill or for more information regarding our financial policies, visit our financial services page.

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