The DCES oncology service is headed by Dr. Julie Marie Gillem, a board-certified medical oncologist.  The DCES oncology team is skilled in the most up to date cancer treatment modalities, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and other systemic medications. Working paw-in-hand, our team is ready to provide the individualized, quality care that you and your beloved pet deserve.


Consultation & Examination

  • Oncology appointments are generally scheduled following a recommendation from your primary care veterinarian or another DCES department. To schedule an appointment today, please contact our customer service representatives.
  • An appointment consists of obtaining a history from your pet, performing a physical examination, and discussing prognosis, diagnostic options, and treatment options.
  • A new patient appointment typically lasts 50 minutes from the time of the scheduled appointment, but if additional diagnostics are needed, you may be asked to leave your pet at the hospital for a few hours to allow time for the appropriate diagnostics to be performed.
  • In the case that a cancer diagnosis has not yet been made, Dr. Gillem will work closely with our team of specialists to guide diagnostics such as bloodwork, ultrasound and CT imaging, MRI, tissue biopsy, and cytology. 
  • If chemotherapy treatment is elected for your dog or cat after a discussion with Dr. Gillem, your pet may be treated with the first dose of chemotherapy at the first appointment if time permits. Learn More
  • Unless your pet is going to receive sedation or is going to have x-rays, an abdominal ultrasound, or advanced imaging performed, you do not need to fast your pet prior to his or her appointment.  If fasting is recommended, please do not feed your pet after 10 PM the evening prior to the appointment, but continue to allow access to water until the appointment. If your pet is unable to fast, please ask to speak to a member of the oncology team.


If your pet is experiencing problems during work hours, Tuesday - Friday, or you need to speak with a member of the oncology team, please call or e-mail us and a team member will get back to you the same day. If your pet is experiencing serious problems after hours, during the weekend, or on a Monday when the oncology service is closed, please call our hospital to see about bringing your pet into our 24/7 emergency department, which has the expertise needed to treat your pet.