Advanced Care


The mission of the Oncology Consultation Service is to provide cutting-edge treatments for your pet with cancer, while focusing on quality-of-life. Advances in veterinary cancer treatments are made every day and many types of cancers are very treatable. In fact, dogs and cats with cancer are living months or even years longer than they would have with the same types of cancers just a few years ago. Many cancers in animals, while still very serious, can largely be managed as “chronic conditions” with ongoing surveillance and/or treatment, similar to the way veterinarians treat heart disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.

Who will you see at VCA Colonial Animal Hospital if your pet is referred for an Oncology Consultation?
Dr. Ken Rassnick is a board-certified specialist in Oncology and his Oncology Service offers individualized patient care for all pets with cancer. Dr. Rassnick is supported by a talented team of highly trained licensed veterinary technicians specializing in oncology. The oncology technicians provide an exceptional level of patient care and are equally committed to supporting the social and emotional needs of you and your family.

What to expect if your pet is referred to see Dr. Rassnick:
Dr. Rassnick’s Oncology Service offers pet-owners experience, expertise, and compassionate individualized care for your pet with cancer. The oncology consultation will provide you with information and peace of mind to make the best possible choices for you and your pet.

Initial oncology consultations usually take one hour. During that time your pet’s complete cancer and medical history are reviewed and a comprehensive physical examination is done. You will meet with Dr. Rassnick during the consultation and will discuss his recommendations for further diagnostics and/or treatments. With the exception of diabetic pets, no food should be given after midnight the evening before your pet’s initial oncology appointment, as some diagnostic tests are best performed and interpreted when pets are fasted. You should continue to allow free access to water. If you have any questions about feeding or administering your pet’s current medications prior to your consultation with Dr. Rassnick, do not hesitate calling the hospital.