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Dogs and Cats Emergency & Specialty


The DCES oncology service is headed by Dr. Julie Gillem. At Dogs and Cats Emergency & Specialty, we understand that facing cancer with your pet can be overwhelming. Our compassionate veterinary staff is here to guide you and your pet through this difficult time. If your pet has been referred to us for cancer treatment, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our oncologists, please make an appointment below.


The goal of our team is to form a partnership with you and your primary care veterinarian to ensure that your pet is receiving the most comprehensive care. To help us achieve this, please ensure records are available prior to your appointment. During your consultation, your pet’s doctor will:

  • take a thorough medical history

  • review any medical records available

  • perform a physical examination

  • develop a treatment plan

  • discuss any recommended diagnostic and treatment options

  • provide an itemized estimate for your approval

  • provide you with a summary of your visit and communicate a follow-up plan with your primary vet

Visit Preparation


Our facility in Bowie, Maryland provides a wide array of available treatment options. Depending on your pet’s particular situation, our team may utilize a combination of the treatment methods below.

  • Cutting-edge diagnostic tools: Our advanced facilities and tools including digital radiography, ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) amongst others aid in the diagnosis of, staging of, and prognostication of your pet’s cancer.

  • Surgery: Our oncology team works closely with our surgeons to determine if surgery is right for your pet. We provide complete surgery services on site.

  • Chemotherapy Treatments: We offer the use of medications to treat cancer and ease its symptoms. The medications travel throughout the body, treating the primary cancer site, as well as cancer cells that have metastasized.

  • Immunotherapy: We provide cancer vaccines and other immune therapies to utilize your pet’s immune system to fight off certain cancers that may respond to the body’s immune system.

  • Targeted Therapies: We work to try to keep up to date with the latest targeted therapies available in both human and veterinary oncology to provide a personalized treatment approach to your pet’s care.

Meet the Doctor

Dr. Julie Gillem


Dr. Julie Gillem is the medical oncologist on staff at Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral. Dr. Julie Marie Gillem joined the DCES staff in August 2016. Dr. Gillem is originally from Arlington, Virginia. She graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and subsequently completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gillem completed her residency at the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine in July 2016. She enjoys learning about all aspects of veterinary oncology, but has a special interest in canine and feline lymphoma. Dr. Gillem thoroughly looks forward to further developing the oncology department at Dogs and Cats Veterinary Emergency & Specialty and working with fellow specialists, emergency doctors, and interns. She is also eager to cultivate and establish relationships with referring veterinarians in the area. In her free time, Dr. Gillem enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, and pet dog, Gabriel.

Request Appointment

To start the process of scheduling an appointment with Oncology, please submit an appointment request form. Once the form is completed, you will receive a phone call or e-mail from one of our Customer Service Representatives to complete your request. If a team member does not follow-up within 48 hours of the request, please give us a call at (301) 809-8800 to confirm we received your submission.