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Amanda Elpiner

Dr. Elpiner
Veterinary Specialist
Dr. Elpiner

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:


Specialties Include:

Treatment of  Lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma
New therapeutic approaches such as
targeted therapies and immunotherapies

My Pets:

3 dogs
2 cats

Dr. Amanda Elpiner grew up in Northeast Ohio. She graduated with honors in 2001 from The Ohio State University with a bachelors of science degree in molecular genetics and then went on to earn her veterinary degree in 2005 also from The Ohio State University. In 2006, she completed a small animal medical and surgical rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey.  From 2007-2010 she completed a medical oncology residency at the Veterinary Cancer Center (formally known as the Veterinary Oncology and Hematology Center) in Norwalk, CT. Dr. Elpiner’s interest include treatment of wide variety of small animal cancers including lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma as well as learning about new therapeutic approaches such as targeted therapies and immunotherapies. She has previously researched and published about the treatment of liver cancer in dogs. 

When not at the hospital, Dr. Elpiner spends her time with her family including her husband, 3 kids, 3 dogs and 2 cats!  Dr. Elpiner enjoys staying active with outdoor activities including running, hiking and biking.


Our oncology department specializes in the diagnosis of cancer, staging of tumors, the development of treatment plans, and the administration of chemotherapy. In order to provide the very best outcome for your pet, a combination of diagnostics and treatments could include the following:
Oncology Diagnostics

  • Bone marrow aspirate/biopsy
  • Contrast Studies
  • Computed Tomography Scans
  • Digital Radiography
  • In-house Laboratory
  • Minimally invasive biopsies: Tru-Cut, Endoscopic and Ultrasound assisted
  • Ultrasound, including: Fine needle Aspirate and Cytology

Oncology Therapeutics

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Radiation treatment
  • Surgery

What Is A Veterinary Oncologist?

A board certified veterinary oncologist is a veterinary internal medicine specialist who has also obtained additional training in veterinary oncology. A veterinary oncologist has specialized knowledge in the diagnosis of cancer, the staging of tumors, the development of treatment plans, and the administration of chemotherapy. When your pet is faced with cancer, a veterinary oncologist will typically work in concert with your pet's general practitioner veterinarian in order to obtain the best possible medical outcome for your pet. A veterinary oncologist can help your pet by developing treatment plans that incorporate one or all of the following options:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases like cancer require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary oncology.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Oncologist?

Just as in humans, a pet with cancer typically needs the help of an oncologist to help diagnose and treat the disease. Veterinary oncologists determine the most appropriate course of treatment and coordinate the treatment program for pets with cancer. They also frequently serve as consultants to veterinarians in private practice to ensure that their patients receive the best treatment possible for their cancer. You can be assured that a veterinarian who refers you and your pet to a veterinary oncologist is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her illness.

While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with the veterinary oncologist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the veterinary oncologist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Board certified veterinary internists/oncologists may also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have.

My Pet Has Cancer. Now What?

Cancer does appear to be becoming more common in pets, most likely because they are simply living longer. The most important point to realize about this dreaded disease, however, is that just as in people, many forms of the disease can be easily treated, managed, and even cured. Early detection and specialized care are leading to increased survival and cure rates in almost all the types of cancers that afflict pets. From surgery to chemotherapy to radiation therapy, veterinary cancer specialists can offer your pet the very latest diagnostic and treatment options and the best chance of survival. With optimal treatment, cancer in many cases simply becomes another manageable chronic disease.

If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, it is important not to become overwhelmed. Ask your veterinarian to write down the most important points for you to review later. Although the disease is serious, treatment decisions generally do not need to be made quickly. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, however, you will either want to have your general practice veterinarian work in consultation with a veterinary oncologist, or be referred to one of these specialists for your pet's treatment.

  • Common Cancers
  • Skin tumors
  • Mammary tumors
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Endocrine tumors
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care and will work in tandem with the veterinary oncologist, veterinary radiation oncologist, and any other members of your pet's veterinary health care team.

Did You Know?

Dogs and cats have higher age adjusted incidence rates for many kinds of cancers than do humans. For example, dogs are 35 times more likely to get skin cancer than are humans. They suffer from 8 times the amount of bone cancer and 4 times the amount of breast cancer. However, humans are more likely to get lung and stomach cancers than pets.

VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists

4760 Richmond Road

Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

Main: 216-831-6789

Fax: 216-831-4653

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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