Board-certified veterinary oncologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has developed a system of specialty colleges that certify specialty trained veterinarians.
A board-certified veterinary specialist has completed extensive post-graduate study and training, has demonstrated clinical competency under close supervision, and has passed a comprehensive examination in the specialty. Board-certified specialists are referred to as “Diplomates” of their specialty college.
At the present time there are fewer than 400 board-certified veterinary medical oncologists and fewer than 100 board-certified veterinary radiation oncologists in the country. We are fortunate to have several of both, and they are dedicated members of our team at Southwest Veterinary Oncology, PLLC.
Mary K. Klein, DVM, DACVIM, DACVR
Dr. Klein was raised in Tucson and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona in 1979. She then traveled to Colorado State University to attend veterinary school and graduated with honors in 1983.
After returning home to Arizona for 2 years and working at the University of Arizona Animal Cancer Therapy Study, Dr. Klein returned to Colorado State University for a three-year oncology residency and became board-certified in medical oncology in 1990. She became board-certified in radiation oncology in 1996. Dr. Klein continues her research and interests as a clinical lecturer at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.
Author of numerous articles and textbook chapters, Dr. Klein served as president of the Veterinary Cancer Society in 2000 and again in 2001.