Oncology Nurse Practitioners
The Oncology Service is dedicated to providing compassionate, efficient, state-of-the-art care to dogs and cats with cancers. The core members of this team are board-certified veterinary oncologists/radiation oncologist, residents, and three oncology nurse practitioners. Standard cancer treatments (chemotherapy, radiation therapy) may prolong survival and provide an excellent quality of life in many dogs and cats with cancer.
Oncology nurse practitioners provide nursing care to oncology inpatients and outpatients. They assist in diagnostic workups and administration of chemotherapeutic treatments. Oncology nurses also participate in clinical trials conducted in oncology and provide technical assistance in research data collection and retrieval. Teaching is an important part of every Penn Vet nurse’s day, and oncology is no exception. These nurses provide instruction to other nurses, students and house staff on various aspects of oncologic treatments including information about basic chemotherapeutic safety.