Oncology

Our oncology doctors and staff provide a unique blend of knowledge, experience, compassion and patience which we believe is vital to helping you make the best decisions for your pet during a challenging time.

After reviewing your pet’s medical history and diagnosis we sit down with you and your pet to discuss the disease, additional recommended diagnostics (staging), treatment options, side effects and prognosis.  We strive to make sure you are well-informed and know that your pet’s needs and quality of life are our priority.  Cancer can be treated by several different therapies or combination of treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies or palliative care when appropriate.

After a diagnosis of cancer is determined, the next step is often staging.  Staging refers to additional diagnostics that help to determine the extent of cancer in the body, which allows us to optimize treatment recommendations and better predict prognosis

This staging process may include:

  • Radiographs
  • Ultrasonography
  • Biopsy
  • Fine needle aspiration and cytology
  • CT scanning

When staging is complete we will discuss appropriate treatment options.  This may involve medical, surgical and/or radiation options.  Our cohesive team of specialists will help to give you all options. Medical therapy could involve chemotherapy – this refers to medications given injectably or orally that act on the whole body to kill abnormal cells.  Immunotherapy options are also available, primarily to treat melanoma and lymphoma – these therapies stimulate the bodies’ own immune system to fight cancer.  Targeted therapies have also become very successful in a number of cancers and involve administration of oral medications.

Radiation therapy is a primary weapon in the fight against cancer, often when cancer cannot be completely controlled with surgery.  Radiation Oncology services are available at the Matthews, NC location. The Radiation Oncology team is highly experienced in treating cancers with radiation while limiting exposure to normal tissues, thereby minimizing side effects. The team functions in an integral fashion with our medical oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, neurologists and other specialists to offer comprehensive care for your pet companion.

Clinical Trials – There are currently no open clinical trials on site but you may access veterinary clinical trials available across the country at the following site. www.avma.org/findvetstudies

Novel Therapies Available at CVS

  • Canine Lymphoma Vaccine for B-cell lymphoma is indicated for therapeutic immunization of dogs diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma upon achieving remission with chemotherapy

Veterinarians of Oncology

Greensboro

DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM

Education:

  • BS – Syracuse University, 2001
  • MS – University of Rhode Island, 2004
  • DVM (with Honors) – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

Internship:

  • Small Animal Rotating Internship – Kansas State University, 2008-2009

Residency:

  • Oncology – Kansas State University, 2010-2013

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Diplomate, ACVIM
  • Oncology

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. Burr graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois. During her clinical year, she was given several awards, including Nike’s Gift, which is awarded to a student with an interest and proficiency in oncology. Dr. Burr completed a small animal rotating internship at Kansas State University, After which, she had the opportunity to engage in cancer-based research for 1 year. Dr. Burr subsequently completed her oncology residency at Kansas State University in 2013. She believes in providing compassionate care to all of her patients and nurturing the human-animal bond. Outside of work, Dr. Burr enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

Areas of Special Interest:

Lymphoma, Mast Cell Tumors

Huntersville

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

Education:

  • AB- Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 2004
  • DVM- Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 2008

Internship:

  • Rotating Internship- Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, 2008-2009
  • Oncology Internship- University of Florida, 2009-2010

Residency:

  • Medical Oncology Residency- University of Florida, 2010-2013

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2013

Professional Accomplishments:

After veterinary school, Dr. Fahey completed a one year rotating internship in Denver, CO. Dr. Fahey then completed an oncology internship followed by a medical oncology residency at the University of Florida. She worked at a private specialty practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for three years before joining Carolina Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Fahey has published studies on chemotherapy for lymphoma and osteosarcoma.

Areas of Special Interest:

Lymphoma, Mast cell tumors

Matthews

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM Oncology

Education:

  • BS – Microbiology, University of Maryland, 1996
  • BS – Animal Science, University of Maryland, 1996
  • DVM – VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 2000

Internship:

  • Small Animal Internship – Florida Veterinary Specialists, 2000-2001
  • Oncology Internship – Florida Veterinary Specialists, 2001-2002

Residency:

  • Colorado State University, 2002-2005

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Oncology, July 2005

Professional Accomplishments:

Dr. McFadden finished her residency and training program at Colorado State University and then started the oncology program at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. She has developed a foundation, Murray’s Fund, at Carolina Veterinary Specialists to assist owners in financial need in covering the costs of cancer therapy. In support of this endeavor, she participates in several fundraising events throughout the year, including the annual Dog Walks with the American Cancer Society. Dr. McFadden is currently involved in starting the radiation therapy department at Carolina Veterinary Specialists.

Areas of Special Interest:

Osteosarcoma and Lymphoma, Novel Therapeutics, Clinical Trials.

Matthews

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

Education:

  • BS – University of Georgia, Athens, GA 2002
  • DVM – University of Georgia, Athens, GA 2007

Internship:

  • Rotating Internship – The Animal Medical Center, 2007-2008

Residency:

  • Medical Oncology Residency – University of Florida, 2008-2011

Board Certification:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2011

Professional Accomplishments:

Following veterinary school, Dr. Parfitt completed a one-year rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York. Dr. Parfitt then completed her residency in medical oncology at the University of Florida, during which she received the University of Florida’s award for the most outstanding resident seminar presentation. Dr. Parfitt’s research interests included radiation therapy and transitional cell carcinoma. She sees appointments on Thursdays in Huntersville and all other weekdays in Matthews.

Areas of Special Interest:

Urogenital Cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma.