Lina Bravo

Dr. Bravo
Veterinary Specialist
Dr. Bravo

Dr. Bravo joined Alta Vista Animal Hospital in 2002 and expanded the veterinary referral services to include veterinary oncology, the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in pets. Providing quality of life for sick dogs and cats for as long as possible, is what she believes is her role in veterinary medicine. Referral consultations for owners and veterinarians with questions regarding internal medicine diseases or tumors in pets directly provides up to date information for all involved in the care of the sick dog or cat.

The bond between families and their pets is truly amazing. One of the most memorable situations while working in oncology at Alta Vista Animal Hospital involved the care of Asta, a beautiful Bernese Mountain dog. Asta belonged to a family from Finland and almost exclusively responded to Finnish commands. After being diagnosed with a mast cell tumor, Asta was treated with surgery and numerous courses of chemotherapy. Asta’s growth was eventually controlled and all the staff had become much more fluent in Finnish than anyone ever expected!

Dr. Bravo has a busy personal life with her husband Steve, two growing young boys, her 14 year old cat, Little One, and her two Yellow Labrador Retrievers, Butters and Hanson. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and relaxing with a good book when things finally settle down at the end of a busy day.

Professional Bio

DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, 1990 Small Animal Veterinary Internship, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1991 Residency in Internal Medicine-Oncology, University of Tennessee, 1991-1994 Diplomate Certification ACVIM (Oncology), 1995
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What Is A Veterinary Oncologist?

A board certified veterinary oncologist is a veterinary internal medicine specialist who has also obtained additional training in veterinary oncology. A veterinary oncologist has specialized knowledge in the diagnosis of cancer, the staging of tumors, the development of treatment plans, and the administration of chemotherapy.

When your pet is faced with cancer, a veterinary oncologist will typically work in concert with your pet's general practitioner veterinarian in order to obtain the best possible medical outcome for your pet. A veterinary oncologist can help your pet by developing treatment plans that incorporate one or all of the following options:

  • Surgery

  • Chemotherapy

  • Immunotherapy

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases like cancer require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary oncology.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Oncologist?

Just as in humans, a pet with cancer typically needs the help of an oncologist to help diagnose and treat the disease. Veterinary oncologists determine the most appropriate course of treatment and coordinate the treatment program for pets with cancer. They also frequently serve as consultants to veterinarians in private practice to ensure that their patients receive the best treatment possible for their cancer.

You can be assured that a veterinarian who refers you and your pet to a veterinary oncologist is one who is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her illness.

While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with the veterinary oncologist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the veterinary oncologist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Board-certified veterinary internists/oncologists may also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have.

My Pet Has Cancer. Now What?

Cancer does appear to be becoming more common in pets, most likely because they are simply living longer. The most important point to realize about this dreaded disease, however, is that just as in people, many forms of the disease can be easily treated, managed, and even cured. Early detection and specialized care are leading to increased survival and cure rates in almost all the types of cancers that afflict pets.

From surgery to chemotherapy to radiation therapy, veterinary cancer specialists can offer your pet the very latest diagnostic and treatment options and the best chance of survival. With optimal treatment, cancer in many cases simply becomes another manageable chronic disease.

If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, it is important not to become overwhelmed. Ask your veterinarian to write down the most important points for you to review later. Although the disease is serious, treatment decisions generally do not need to be made quickly. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, however, you will either want to have your general practice veterinarian work in consultation with a veterinary oncologist, or be referred to one of these specialists for your pet's treatment.

Veterinary oncologists typically treat:

  • Common Cancers

  • Skin tumors

  • Mammary tumors

  • Lymphosarcoma

  • Endocrine tumors

  • Osteosarcoma

  • Hemangiosarcoma

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care and will work in tandem with the veterinary oncologist, veterinary radiation oncologist, and any other members of your pet's veterinary health care team.

Did You Know?

Dogs and cats have higher age adjusted incidence rates for many kinds of cancers than do humans. For example, dogs are 35 times more likely to get skin cancer than are humans. They suffer from 8 times the amount of bone cancer and 4 times the amount of breast cancer. However, humans are more likely to get lung and stomach cancers than pets

Our Oncology Team

Alta Vista Animal Hospital

2616 Bank Street

Gloucester, ON K1T 1M9

Main: 613-731-6851

Fax: 613-731-2315

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Fri: Open 24 hours

    Sat-Sun: Open 24 hours

Referral Services:

6:00 am - 6:00 pm


Closed on Stat Holidays

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