The Ontario Veterinary College Oncology service emphasizes a team-based approach to veterinary oncology. Through consultation and collaboration with OVC’s cancer team — including a radiation oncologist, surgical oncologist and medical oncologists as well as a clinical counsellor, referring veterinarians and animal owners are able to explore the full range of options available. Our service also works hand-in-hand with the other specialists within the Health Sciences Centre to ensure the best possible care for our patients.

In most cases, your referring veterinarian will recommend that you be referred to the OVC HSC Oncology Service if your pet has been diagnosed with or is suspected to have cancer. Your pet will be evaluated by the OVC Cancer team to determine the best possible treatment.

Like human medicine, there are a variety of different types of cancer that can affect the bodies of our companion animals. It is important for our clinicians to first diagnose what type of cancer it is before treating because the different types of cancer carry varying prognosis and response to the treatment used. Below is a list of cancers commonly seen in our dogs and cats.

Common Animal Cancer Services conditions

  • Canine Lymphoma
  • Canine Osteosarcoma
  • Canine Mast cell tumour
  • Canine Hemangiosarcoma
  • Canine Histiocytic Sarcoma
  • Anal sac adenocarcinoma
  • Canine Mammary gland tumour
  • Nasal tumour
  • Oral tumour
  • Feline Injection site Sarcoma
  • Feline Lymphoma
  • Feline Mast Cell Tumour
  • Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma