June 14, 2021 8:27 AM

Beginning Monday, June 14, 2021, the MSU Veterinary Medical Center will allow clients into the building with patients. Find details here.

Any patient presented to the MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will undergo an initial medical evaluation to determine if urgent care is needed, and whether hospitalization is warranted. The MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will only hospitalize patients that our clinicians consider to be unstable or to have life-threatening conditions.

The MSU Veterinary Medical Center has two oncology services -- medical and radiation – and both are a significant component of our patient services.

Due to unplanned faculty vacancies, we are temporarily unable to accept new patients for medical oncology. This decision will enable us to ensure continuity of care for current medical oncology patients. We are working with other veterinary oncologists in the state to refer new patients for the best possible care in the meantime.

The Radiation Oncology Service in unaffected by these recent changes and continues to operate normally.

To meet the demand for quality oncology services, the College of Veterinary Medicine has endorsed an expansion of our clinical oncology faculty. We are currently filling unexpected vacancies and adding additional faculty to our services--both medical and radiation oncology.

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The Oncology team

The Oncology Service works with owners and their veterinarians to diagnose and treat pets with cancer. In our comprehensive analysis of your pet’s health status, we evaluate some of the common abnormalities found in pets with cancer: growing and/or bothersome masses, decreased appetite, loss of weight, and others. With quality of life in mind, we design a treatment strategy that fits the needs of your pet and your family. We offer the most advanced oncologic treatments for your pet, including but not limited to, immunotherapy, nuclear therapy (I131), radiation therapy, and target chemotherapy. As part of our concept of integrative medicine, we work together with other specialty services of the VMC and ancillary programs like acupuncture, nutrition, and rehabilitation medicine.

“Our mission and our passion is to help our patients maintain quality of life.”

– Paulo Vilar Saavedra, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), Assistant Professor

Common Tumors We Treat

  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Histiocytic sarcoma
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma/lymphosarcoma
  • Malignant melanoma
  • Mammary tumors
  • Mast cell tumor
  • Nasal tumors
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Thyroid tumors
  • Transitional cell sarcoma

We administer chemotherapy to approximately 10-20 pets per day. To better work with the diverse and ever-changing population of East Lansing and Michigan, we are proud to offer our service in six languages: English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Galego.

We frequently work with patients who have:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Diagnosed or undiagnosed cancers
  • Growing and/or bothersome masses
  • Poor general health

Our clinicians and technicians work closely with our clients' referring veterinarians. Our focus is to maintain quality of life for our patients.

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