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Stephen Atwater

DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Stephen Atwater
Veterinary Specialist
Oncology
Stephen Atwater

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Oncology

Education: Lafayette College, graduated with a BS in 1981. Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, graduated in1989. Completed Residency in Oncology and received Masters of Science degree in Clinical Sciences in 1993. Practicing Contra Costa County since 1996.

Professional Interests: Internal medicine, oncology.

Personal Interests: Family, gardening, cycling and cooking.

Professional Organizations: ACVIM, AVMA, AAHA, VCS, CCVMA

"I chose the field of oncology because I get to work with some of the most devoted and compassionate pet owners, helping them make the best decision for their animal's cancer. This is an often satisfying aspect of a sometimes frustrating specialty. Often times, I can provide some hope, when none is expected. Although most of my patients are never cured of their cancer, they typically obtain good quality of life for the remainder of their time."

Oncology

Cancer poses a significant risk to pets, particularly to aging and geriatric animals. Early cancer diagnoses and proper treatment can improve your pet’s quality of life and help him or her to live longer with fewer complications. You can be proactive in your pet’s well-being by observing your pet and reporting any physical and behavioral changes you see to your veterinarian. Remember that allowing your veterinarian an opportunity to detect problems early gives your pet the best chance at successful treatment and recovery.

Our oncology services include cancer screening, chemotherapy, and surgery. Your veterinarian will provide you with information about your pet’s condition and discuss which proven treatment options will most benefit your pet. In many cases, your veterinarian will consult with our oncology specialist, Dr. Steve Atwater, for treatment recommendations and possible outcomes so that you will receive all options that are available.

There are more oncology options than ever before, such as chemotherapy, surgery, nutritional support, and clinical trials. We understand that this can be a difficult time for you and your pet. We want to assure you that our primary goal is to enhance your pet’s quality of life and provide the most appropriate treatment solutions to fight the disease.

To schedule an appointment with our Oncology Specialist at VCA Encina Veterinary Medical Center, please call us at 925-937-5000 and ask for a consultation with Dr. Stephen Atwater.

VCA Encina Veterinary Medical Center

2803 Ygnacio Valley Road

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Main: 925-937-5000

Fax: 925-937-8519

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Other Hospital Hours:

Open 24 hours a day for emergency. Scheduled appointments in general practice and specialty departments, Monday - Saturday, hours vary.

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