Cancer Care Clinic

“Our doctor has been extremely considerate, informative, patient and kind when dealing with my questions and concerns. The positive atmosphere is very comforting when dealing with a terminal illness of a pet.”


– Client, Oncology

Our Service

Facing the diagnosis of cancer in a beloved pet is an emotional and frightening experience. Our oncology specialists are here to help family members navigate testing and treatment options to find the plan that works best for their situation.


  • Medical oncology
    • Diagnosis
    • Staging (evaluating the extent of the disease)
    • Treatment, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapies
  • Radiation oncology
    • State-of-the-art radiation therapy (Varian TrueBeam), which conforms to the tumor and avoids normal tissue (including IMRT, VMAT, and stereotactic radiotherapy, as well as strontium plesiotherapy)
  • Clinical trials (cutting-edge therapies, some with financial support)
  • Client education regarding treatment choices

Special Capabilities

  • Partnering with the National Cancer Institute to evaluate new anticancer drugs for dogs and cats
  • Advanced radiological equipment to assess bone health
  • Computerized pressure-sensing gait analysis equipment to evaluate pain in dogs with bone disease/tumors
  • Active clinical and basic research programs focused on cancer biology and discovery of novel agents to treat tumor-bearing dogs and cats

Each type of cancer may respond differently to chemotherapy. We have identified our most asked questions and encourage you to review the FAQ page if you have questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, do not hesitate to ask.

Chemotherapy FAQ

Clinical trials are research studies that try to answer specific clinical questions about new therapies and drugs. This research generates new ways to detect and treat clinical problems for the benefit of animal and human medicine.

Clinical Trials

Oncology Doctors

Matthew Berry – DVM


Timothy Fan – DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology, Small Animal Internal Medicine)


Assistant Head Research & Graduate Studies

Director of Veterinary Clinical Trials Center

Professor, Pathobiology

Professor, Institute for Genomic Biology

Professor, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Biomedical & Translational Sciences

Adjunct Professor, Comparative Biosciences

Department Affiliate, Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Faculty Lead Devlelopment Coordinator, Cancer Center at Illinois

Program Leader, Cancer Center at Illinois

Clinical Practioner, Medical District Veterinary Clinic

Laura Garrett – DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Coordinator of Communications Training

Clinical Professor

Joanna Schmit – DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)


Kimberly Selting – DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVR (Radiation Oncology)

Associate Professor


Jennifer Byrd – CVT

Tara Dolbert – CVT

Rebecca Guess – CVT

Rebecca Kamerer – CVT

Casey Peters – CVT

Elizabeth Rappleyea – CVT