Southwest Veterinary Oncology, PLLC
Oncology Board Certification:
Becoming board certified in veterinary oncology is a rigorous process requiring at least three additional years of advanced training in oncology after the completion of veterinary school. Veterinarians wishing to become board certified in oncology must complete a one-year medical and surgical rotating internship followed by a two to three year oncology residency program, meet specific training and caseload requirements, and perform research and have their research published. This process is supervised by current American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Diplomates, ensuring consistency in training and adherence to high standards. Once the residency has been completed, the resident must sit for and pass a rigorous examination. Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of ACVIM Diplomate. For further information regarding the board certification process and training requirement to become a veterinary oncologist, see the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine website.
Entrusting your pet to the care of a board certified veterinary oncologist ensures that your pet is in the hands of a highly trained professional with advanced knowledge and skill in veterinary oncology. Veterinary oncologists work closely with your primary care veterinarian to provide advanced and specialized cancer treatment. As part of the healthcare team, our oncology staff will keep you and your referring veterinarian informed of your petís progress throughout the specialized care. After patient discharge, your referring veterinarian may also provide additional follow-up care. This continuity between oncology specialist and primary care veterinarian ensures the best possible outcome for your pet.