cancer pioneers


Welcome to the Veterinary Cancer Pioneers Podcast, hosted by Dr. Rachel Venable, a board-certified veterinary medical oncologist. We delve into the groundbreaking work of veterinary professionals who are dedicated to advancing the field of veterinary oncology.

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About the host

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Dr. Venable is a medical oncologist. She obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Missouri and graduated cum laude. After veterinary school, Dr. Venable pursued further training as a small animal intern at the University of Georgia. She then completed her 3 year medical oncology residency at the world renowned Colorado State Flint Animal Cancer Center. During her residency, she achieved a master’s degree and studied new cancer therapies and clinical trials. She continues to seek out clinical trials and cutting edge therapies for her patients. Dr. Venable has authored numerous publications and has been a speaker on local and national levels.She is also a VIN consultant, research consultant, and was an adjunct professor of veterinary oncology at Midwestern University. She is the founder of Pet Cancer Care Consulting an innovative teleconsulting service which consults with the family vet and pet owner together to give personalized responses and needed information to make an informed decision on treatments. Her oncology philosophy is one of a team-based approach with the family and referring veterinarians for compassionate, individualized care, and optimal quality of life for cancer patients and their families.


Episode 08.

Dr. Sarah Boston | Medicine Meets Comedy

Dr. Boston shares her journey through veterinary medicine, her battle with cancer, and how it inspired her book and her leap into comedy. She discusses the importance of advocacy in patient care and brings humor into the conversation about dealing with difficult situations.

Episode 07.

Dr. Andi Flory | Multi-cancer Early Detection for Dogs

In this Veterinary Cancer Pioneers Podcast episode, Dr. Rachel Venable interviews Dr. Andy Flory, Chief Medical Officer at PetDx. Dr. Flory shares her journey from a childhood passion for animals to her role in developing OncoK9, a liquid biopsy test for cancer detection in pets.

Episode 06.

Dr. Craig Clifford | Bridging Clinical Practice and Oncology Research

In this podcast episode, Dr. Rachel Venable interviews renowned veterinary medical oncologist Dr. Craig Clifford. Dr. Clifford discusses his hybrid approach of combining clinical practice with academic pursuits. He emphasizes the importance of teamwork in clinical trials, highlighting their role in advancing veterinary medicine and providing opportunities for staff development.

Episode 05.

Dr. MJ Hamilton | Starting the First Mobile Veterinary Oncology Practice in the World

In this engaging episode of the Veterinary Cancer Pioneers Podcast, host Dr. Rachel Venable interviews Dr. MJ Hamilton, a visionary in the field of veterinary oncology renowned for creating the first mobile oncology practice. Dr. Hamilton shares his path from an undergraduate degree in psychology to pioneering mobile cancer treatment for animals.

Episode 04.

Dr. Gregory Ogilvie | Championing Compassionate Cancer Care with Science

In this inspiring episode of the Veterinary Cancer Pioneers Podcast, we're honored to host Dr. Greg Ogilvie, an esteemed veterinary oncologist with a passion for healing and innovation. Dr. Ogilvie shares his unique journey from a free-spirited childhood in Colorado to becoming a key influencer in veterinary medicine. He discusses his groundbreaking work, the importance of compassionate care, and exciting advancements in cancer treatment. Tune in for an enlightening conversation that bridges the gap between human and veterinary oncology, and underscores the profound bond between animals and humans.

Episode 03.

Dr. Carolyn Henry | From Practicing Vet to Leading Dean

In this podcast episode, Dr. Rachel Venable interviews Dr. Carolyn Henry, the first woman to serve as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri. Dr. Henry shares her professional journey, which includes transitioning from small animal and emergency medicine to specializing in oncology and later taking on significant roles in veterinary education and administration. She emphasizes her passion for solving medical mysteries and advocates for embracing change in one's career. Dr. Henry also delves into several current and contentious topics in veterinary medicine, such as telemedicine, mid-level practitioners, and advancements in oncology. Moreover, she imparts valuable leadership insights, promoting diversity of thought and highlighting the importance of servant leadership for aspiring leaders.

Episode 02.

Dr. Betsy Hershey | Holistic All-in-One Oncology

Dr. Hershey discusses her journey in integrated veterinary oncology, initially driven by a desire to explore more supportive treatments beyond conventional therapies. She navigates the challenges of recommending supplements, emphasizing reliance on reputable sources. Her training in acupuncture and holistic therapies at the Chi Institute underpins her commitment to continuous learning and collaboration with colleagues. She explores the evolving landscape of veterinary oncology, incorporating new diagnostic tools. Notably, she shares her experience with personalized treatment adjustments based on AI-driven predictions for non-CHOP responders and explores the potential of these innovations to improve patient outcomes.

Episode 01.

Dr. Kevin Choy | Innovations in Veterinary Oncology

In this episode, join us as we delve into the world of veterinary oncology with Dr. Kevin Choy, a board-certified veterinary medical oncologist at BluePearl Seattle Veterinary Partners. Dr. Choy shares his journey and the pivotal role mentors played in shaping his career. Dive into the world of cutting-edge research, where we discuss the evolving landscape of diagnostics, artificial intelligence, and emerging therapeutics. Discover the transformative potential of personalized medicine for pets and humans alike, as we uncover the impact of data-driven decisions on treatment efficacy. Join us for an illuminating conversation that highlights the challenges, triumphs, and promising horizons of veterinary oncology.