Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

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What We Do

The goals of the oncology team at Auburn University are to help animals with cancer achieve longer, happier lives.  While cure is not possible in all instances of cancer,  usually some form of therapy can be offered to improve  the patient's quality of life. 

Cancer treatment usually involves the use of  surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy in combination.  The pet with cancer who comes to Auburn University  will be discussed by a surgicalradiation, and medical oncologist to determine the best treatment for each animal. 

The exact therapy recommended is based on the tumor type,  the extent of disease, the animal's organ reserves/general health, and client factors. 

While some experimental therapy may be available at select times,  most patients are not on funded clinical trials,  and the owner must bear the expense of therapy.  No patient is treated with anything other than standard therapy without the express consent of the owner.

What To Expect

  • Diagnosis - Through tissue aspirates and biopsies (image-guided, laparoscopy, surgery).
  • Staging - Through specialized imaging modalities (digital radiography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, CT, MRI)
  • Multimodal Treatment Plans - Development of individualized, treatment plans for each patient 
  • Treatment - through surgery, radiation (teletherapy- linear accelerator, brachytherapy – iridium implants, strontium probe), chemotherapy, immunotherapy


Our senior faculty leaders in radiation, surgery, and medical oncology represent  nearly 100 years of clinical experience.

Our approach to cancer is multimodal (surgeon, internist, oncologist, and radiation oncologist) and driven from a team approach to animal care. Experts are available to provide nearly immediate consultation on new and returning animal patients.

Teaching hospitals offer cutting-edge research and innovation, allowing for the potential of better diagnostic and treatment options for our patients.

Having multiple specialists within the same hospital available for consultation also allows us to address patients with multiple disease processes.

In oncology in particular, we develop long-lasting relationships with clients since many patients are seen on a frequent basis for treatment or monitoring/follow-up.

Our Team

  • Dr. Brad Matz
  • DVM
  • Faculty Profile
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