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Irene Vazquez

DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Dr. James Herrington
Veterinarian Specialist
Oncology
Availability: Monday - Thursday
Dr. James Herrington

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2015

Board Certified:

Oncology

Specialties Include:

Lymphoma
Leukemia

My Pets:

Felipe & Junior - Dogs

Dr. Irene Vazquez, was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. With her hometown, family, and friends only a plane ride away, she is very excited to be joining us in sunny South Florida and to be opening up our new Oncology Service at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital. 

Dr. Vazquez attained her veterinary degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and Nevis, where she had the opportunity to live for 3 years. During her last year of veterinary school, she developed a special interest and passion for dogs and cats with cancer and decided she wanted to become a veterinary oncologist. 

After graduating veterinary school in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles and completed a 1-year small animal rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. She then moved to Auburn Alabama, where she completed a 3-year residency program in Small Animal Medical Oncology at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. During her time at Auburn, she also attained a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences. 

Dr. Vazquez passed her oncology boards in 2019 and is currently working on her first author publication, which involves the research and use of a human chemotherapy drug for dogs with certain types of lymphomas and leukemias. For Dr. Vazquez, the most important thing in dogs and cats after a diagnosis of cancer is treatment focused on improvement of their quality of life.

During her free time, Dr. Vazquez enjoys spending time with her husband Emilio and their 2 dogs, Felipe, a middle-aged Red Heeler mix, and Junior, an older Weimaraner. She also enjoys face-timing her mom, cooking, going to the beach, and relaxing at home with her pups while watching the Housewives on Bravo, her guilty pleasure TV show! 

Years in Practice: 5

Education:  Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2015, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Vazquez is fluent in both Spanish and English. 

Our Additional Services Offered Services

Computed Tomography (CT scanning)
Digital Radiography
Ultrasonography
See our departments

Oncology


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
  • Chem
  • 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 Hollywood Animal Hospital

2864 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood, FL 33020

Main: 954-920-3556

Fax: 954-920-4716

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sat: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm

    Sun: Open 24 hours

Emergency Hours:

Mon-Sat: 7:00PM to 7:30AM
Sunday: All Day for Emergencies Only

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